Our Approach to Responsible Investment

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.

Melanie Adams

“We are committed to constant innovation to remain at the forefront of the responsible investment landscape.”
- Melanie Adams, Vice-President and Head, Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment

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Latest Industry Perspectives

Responsible Investing: An Evolving Landscape reveals the latest views, actions and intentions of institutional investors and consultants related to responsible investing and ESG. The survey was answered by nearly 800 participants from the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. Key findings include:

  • A vast majority of institutional investors continue to report using ESG factors as part of their investment approach and decision making.
  • Institutions who have adopted ESG extensively express a strong belief in its value.
  • Overall growth in the adoption of ESG has cooled somewhat. The rapid increase in adoption seen from 2017 to 2018 was not replicated in 2019.
  • ESG adopters are clearly thinking deeply about ESG factors and using them across different asset classes and when engaging with companies. Their thinking is evolving about the specific ESG issues that are most important to them.

 

 

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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