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Socially responsible investing

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Forerunners in terms of responsible investing (RI), Desjardins offers a range of investment products made up of securities selected based on specific environmental, social and governance criteria.

Responsible investing is an investment strategy that selects and manages investments based on environmental, social and governance criteria.

There is a range of responsible investing strategies. Investment companies that offer responsible investment products consider one or many of the following strategies:

  • Norms-based screening
  • Screening based on international standards
  • Incorporation of ESG criteria into financial analysis models
  • Selection of best-in-class companies
  • Shareholder engagement
  • Products that focus on one or more ESG issues
  • High-impact investing

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At Desjardins, responsible investing is based on most responsible investing strategies.

For instance:

  1. Exclusion of corporations that draw revenue from the nuclear, tobacco and armaments industries (exclusion filters).
  2. Evaluation of companiesí environmental, social and governance practices, in addition to traditional financial analysis to select the best-in-class companies, build a theme-based investment strategy or assess the ESG performance of securities.
  3. Use of shareholder engagement levers to influence companies:

    • Engaging in dialogue to improve practices.
    • Submitting shareholder proposals to effect change.
    • Exercising voting rights at company AGMs.

    Learn more about the Voting rights Policy.

We also collaborate with other institutional investors to discuss best practices and effectively lobby for improvements in corporate policy, industry standards and national and international regulations.

For instance, Desjardins Investments has been a signatory to the Principles of Responsible Investment since 2010. This UN-supported initiative advocates for the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in investment practices.

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Turnkey responsible investment solutions which let you place your money in companies with good financial results and responsible practices.

Learn more about SocieTerra Portfolios.

A socially responsible investment with 100% capital guaranty at maturity, whose return is linked to that of diversified companies, carefully selected for their environmental awareness.

Learn more about the Priority Terra Guaranteed Investment