The business case for banks to incorporate sound environmental and social risk due dilliegence in their lending and underwriting activities is clear – it improves overall risk management, helps identify new business opportunities, and enhances reputation and brand value. A 2019 study by MSCI1 links banks with better ESG performance to better returns, lower risk profiles and higher valuations.
Policy landscape and regional developments
Outlook and next steps
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International Women’s Day: Women at the heart of the COVID-19 recovery
To build back better post-COVID in support of a more resilient economy and businesses, we need to put the interests of women at the heart of the recovery.
Growing green: the rise of green and sustainable corporate bonds
In a growing market, how important is ESG analysis when assessing value?
Lacking in diversity? No more excuses.
After the sea of change that was 2020, Nalini Feuilloley, Director of Responsible Investment (RI) and Rosa van den Beemt, Vice President, RI analyst at BMO Global Asset Management, give their assessment of why diversity and inclusion should be up on the corporate agenda this year – and what institutional investors globally can do to participate in this long-overdue industry shift.
48 min listen
Preventing the antimicrobial resistance health crisis
Dame Sally Davies and James Anderson join the Sustainability Leaders podcast to discuss the history of antibiotic use on humans, livestock and plants that brought us to our current crisis today.
20 min listen
Achieving sustainability in the food production system
David Sneyd is joined by Jo Raven from the FAIRR Initiative to discuss the progress that is already underway to create a more sustainable food production system, including the rise of alternative, plant-based proteins in the food supply chain.
Under the hood – ESG integration across asset classes
Responsible investing (RI) has evolved tremendously over the past decade, moving beyond a stylish trend to represent a material structural change. Institutional investors worldwide are making more thoughtful decisions about capital allocation and investment managers have responded by adopting environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices into their fundamental processes. What does this integration look like across the various asset classes? In this issue of IQ, we’ve conducted a roundtable discussion where portfolio managers and representatives from BMO Global Asset Management’s full suite of strategies share their perspective: Jennifer So, Fundamental Canadian Equities; David Corris, Disciplined Equity; Adam Phillips, U.S. Fixed Income; and Angus Henderson, BMO Real Estate Partners.