The global backdrop is not without its significant challenges. We are going to have to learn to live with elevated geopolitical tension created by Sino-U.S. rivalries, we are grappling with ambitious climate change objectives and we are conscious of multiple social inequalities that the past few decades have exacerbated. On top of this, the COVID 19 global pandemic has emerged as the most serious global public health challenge in living memory and has cast a completely new light on the range of challenges that we face together.
Nevertheless, we at BMO Global Asset Management are optimistic about the future, and we believe in the ability of society, companies and individuals to come up with sustainable products and solutions to respond to these challenges and create opportunity from adversity.
Our Sustainable Opportunities Global Equity Strategy strives to play its part in mobilising private capital towards securing a more sustainable future for all. Through our Strategy we continue to explore what kind of impact we can have by investing in listed equities, and our experience of recent years leaves us more convinced than ever that it is possible to deliver on our twin ambition of delivering investment performance and achieving positive non-financial impact.
In pursuit of this we will continue our efforts to extend our investment horizon, to keep scouring the world for innovative companies that are changing the world for the better and to be more explicit in what we hope we can achieve through our targeted engagement activities.
In this inaugural report for the Strategy, we utilise the SDG framework to provide granular detail of where investee companies are aligned to the underlying SDG targets, both positive and negatively. Through this transparency, we hope this provides good insight into the areas of sustainability addressed by the Strategy. Furthermore, we also provide further insights into the non-financial aspects of the Strategy, including ESG metrics such as the carbon footprint, as well as recent engagement activities conducted with investee companies.
We hope you enjoy reading this report and welcome any feedback that you have.