Our story

Investing to make a positive difference

Responsible about investment

At BMO Global Asset Management (EMEA) our focus is simple: to help our clients meet their investment goals, while also building a more sustainable and secure future for us all.

It’s an ethos we’re proud of and one that’s engrained in our heritage as a pioneer in responsible investing. Our first responsible fund launched over 35 years ago and our teams have been actively engaging with companies to drive improvements in relation to their environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices for over two decades.

We understand that each of our clients has individual circumstances, together with specific needs and requirements. Our job is to consider these and deliver their desired outcomes. Doing this well, in a fast moving and interconnected world, requires both a global perspective and an appreciation of local circumstances.

In 2021 we became part of Columbia Threadneedle Investments, bringing together two leading active asset managers and broadening the range of investment capabilities and solutions available to our clients.

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A diverse global investment business focused on making a positive impact

 

Principles that make a difference

We’re firm believers that our principles and the way we do business will generate genuine value for our clients and afford benefits to ourselves, wider society and the environment.

Three tenets that guide us:

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Client-first innovation

Everything we do begins with our clients’ needs in mind – it’s been our starting point since the beginning of our business and industry. Our teams are united by this clear focus that in-turn drives the ambition to constantly re-evaluate our approach and product offerings. It’s an ethos that means when we see new challenges and opportunities, we’re positioned to develop genuinely innovative solutions.

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Collaborative culture

We recognise that we can only deliver by working together. Our investment platform is characterised by a fertile culture of research and collaboration – a mindset we’ve fostered to encourage sharing of knowledge and the development of ideas. This openness enriches our thinking and means we can combine areas of insight and expertise as part of bigger global teams, to create genuine value-add for clients.

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Responsible investment

Being responsible about investment lies at the core of everything we do – it’s a central pillar of the processes we adopt and the products we offer. As pioneers, we’ve led improvement in standards and driven positive change since the 1980s. We are active owners who engage directly and vote thoughtfully. All our active investment teams integrate ESG considerations into their decision making and we continue to develop dedicated and award-winning responsible funds and solutions.

Part of Columbia Threadneedle Investments

BMO Global Asset Management EMEA part of Columbia Threadneedle Investments

BMO Global Asset Management (EMEA) is part of Columbia Threadneedle Investments, a leading global asset management group.

Together BMO Global Asset Management (EMEA) and Columbia Threadneedle Investments manage money for millions of people around the world. With a total of over $725 billion of assets under management (as of 30 June 2021), we are a top 35 global asset manager1 and a top 10 manager of UK fund assets2.

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source: IPE Top 400 asset manager survey, June 2021 – based on 31 Dec 2020 AUM with BMO EMEA and Columbia Threadneedle combined

2 Investment Association – Companies by total retail and institutional funds under management (UK domiciled assets) April 2021