One of Québec's and Canada's pioneers in socially responsible investing (SRI), Desjardins continues to be a leading SRI supporter and promoter.
Desjardins lends its weight to shareholder engagement strategies by forming and joining coalitions that lobby for improvements in corporate policy, industry standards and national and international regulations.
Canada's leader in SRI, NEI Investments has an entire team dedicated exclusively to evaluating ESG (environmental, social and governance) criteria, corporate commitments, research, public policy and standards.
This multidisciplinary team, the largest in Canada, draws on the expertise of its 8 members in economics, trade, finance, the environment and natural sciences.
NEI Investments is a pioneer in developing methodologies for carrying out ESG evaluations of Canadian companies.
The Responsible Investment Association promotes socially responsible investing in Canada. Responsible investment means including environmental, social and governance criteria when selecting and managing investments.
The RIA is a national network of financial institutions, investment firms, financial advisors, and other organizations and individuals who practise and support responsible investing.
First convened in December 2003, the Boreal Leadership Council is made up of leading conservation groups, First Nations, resource companies and financial institutions, all of which have an interest and a stake in the future of Canada's Boreal Forest.
Members of the Council are signatories to the Boreal Forest Conservation Framework and are committed to implementing this national vision in their own spheres of activity. These activities are summarized in action plans submitted regularly by Council members.
The framework calls for the establishment of a network of large interconnected protected areas covering about half of the country's boreal forest and the use of leading-edge sustainable development practices in remaining areas.
The United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Initiative is an international network of investors working together to put the 6 Principles for Responsible Investment into practice.
The initiative's goal is to understand the implications of sustainability for investors and support signatories to incorporate these issues into their investment decision-making and ownership practices.
In implementing the Principles, signatories contribute to the development of a more sustainable global financial system.
Desjardins is also a member of Réseau PRI Quebec, which brings together all PRI signatories in Quebec.
Desjardins is also working with partner universities to support research projects that will help socially responsible investing make inroads among financial industry managers and better meet investors' expectations.
David O'Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise - Concordia University
The centre's mission is to be the leader in developing business practices that support corporate social responsibility, environmental health and safety, environmental management, community, and greening activities in a holistic and systemic way.