Why ESG and performance go hand in hand

Sustainability-orientated investing is no longer just about looking to manage risk, control downside or filter out certain sectors and stocks. It’s about driving the upside by harnessing the opportunities that disruption creates.

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Key takeaways:

  • The world is changing, and the status quo is unsustainable. We sit on the cusp of megatrends like climate change, an ageing population and resource constraints disrupting every facet our lives from here.
  • These trends will shape the landscape in which every company operates – just think of the regulatory challenges the automotive industry faces for example. Businesses need to adapt and change and so do investors.
  • Sustainability-orientated investing is no longer just about looking to manage risk, control downside or filter out certain sectors and stocks. It’s about driving the upside by harnessing the opportunities that disruption creates – we firmly believe that sustainability and performance potential go hand in hand.
  • Companies like packaging Smurfit Kappa and Packaging Corp provide sustainable alternatives to plastic. And along the way we’ll use our position as an asset manager to drive positive change through engagement.
Sacha El Khoury

Sacha El Khoury

Director, Portfolio Manager, Global Equities

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BMO Global Asset Management’s voting, engagement and public policy work is conducted independently of the wider BMO Financial Group. Positions taken by BMO Global Asset Management may not be representative of the views of the BMO Financial Group as a whole or of the other lines of business.

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Views and opinions have been arrived at by BMO Global Asset Management and should not be considered to be a recommendation or solicitation to buy or sell any companies that may be mentioned.

The information, opinions, estimates or forecasts contained in this document were obtained from sources reasonably believed to be reliable and are subject to change at any time.

BMO Global Asset Management’s voting, engagement and public policy work is conducted independently of the wider BMO Financial Group. Positions taken by BMO Global Asset Management may not be representative of the views of the BMO Financial Group as a whole or of the other lines of business.

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