Investing with impact in mind
We stand together at the start of a vital decade. With the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) five years ago, the world set itself some very stretching goals to achieve by 2030, and it feels like there is not a moment to lose if we are to get remotely close.
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 Responsible Global Equity Strategy, which is now into its third decade, 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 ambitions 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. This is our fifth annual report for this strategy, and in it we have taken the opportunity to refresh our SDG revenue alignment reporting, to now take into account both positive and negative impacts of our investee companies. Furthermore, we have expanded the report this year to provide more detailed information about all our investee companies and our interactions with them, setting this out in the multi-thematic framework which we invest through.
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