Our Approach to Responsible Investing

At RBC Global Asset Management, we believe that being an active, engaged and responsible owner empowers us to enhance the long-term, sustainable performance of our portfolios. We believe that the proper disclosure and consideration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities by the companies or countries in which we are invested is critical to strengthening the overall performance of our portfolios.

 

Our Commitment to Integrating ESG Factors

Our commitment to integrate ESG factors into our investment process is firm-wide. In addition, we have a dedicated Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment (CGRI) team whose role is to advance ESG integration by managing and coordinating ESG research, engaging with our investee companies on ESG–related issues, overseeing all of our proxy voting, collaborating with like-minded investors and engaging with lawmakers or regulators.

Judy Cotte

“As markets become more efficient, ESG issues, which required nuanced judgement to understand and assess, become more critical for investors looking to outperform the market."
- Judy Cotte, Vice-President and Head of Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment at RBC Global Asset Management

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Latest Industry Perspectives

Responsible Investing: Charting a Sustainable Advantage examines the key conclusions drawn from RBC Global Asset Management's 2018 Global Responsible Investing Survey of more than 500 institutional asset owners and investment consultants across the US, Europe, Canada and Asia.

The survey reveals that ESG-based investing continues to steadily gain credibility and establish a solid position alongside other fundamental investment approaches. This trend is based on an increased level of acceptance about the investment merits of responsible investing, and an interest in applying its principles to more diverse asset classes. Furthermore, new survey data indicates that the majority of respondents have shifted from asking whether to adopt environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles to looking at how to implement them.

 

 

Responsible Investing Survey

Collaboration

We work closely with other like-minded investors and investor coalitions to improve the ESG-related disclosure and practices of our investee companies.

At RBC GAM, we have a dedicated Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment (CGRI) team whose role is to advance ESG integration by managing and coordinating ESG research, engaging with our investee companies on ESG–related issues, overseeing all of our proxy voting, collaborating with like-minded investors and engaging with lawmakers or regulators.

 

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Events

Responsible investing has been gaining traction with investors, but much debate remains on whether this approach can drive financial performance and mitigate risk. RBC GAM hosts and participates in roadshows and events across the globe to discuss and answer questions that are top of mind among those considering responsible investing. For more information about these events visit our U.S., Canada, or Europe websites.

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