RBC GAM's approach to responsible investment is anchored by the knowledge that our clients have entrusted us to help them secure a better financial future for themselves or for the beneficiaries of the funds they manage. For an in-depth look at our approach, including the methods we use in our environmental, social and governance (ESG) integration process, our stewardship activities, and our reporting, read the full document1.
The pillars of our approach to responsible investment guide our Approach to Climate Change, which details how we address one of the most pressing issues of our time and an important factor in responsible investment.
At RBC Global Asset Management (RBC GAM), we believe that being an active, engaged and responsible owner empowers us to enhance the long-term, sustainable performance of our portfolios. We recognize that the rights we have as a large, global investor come with the obligation to actively use those rights in a responsible way.
We believe that issuers that manage their material ESG risks and opportunities effectively are more likely to outperform on a risk-adjusted basis, over the long term. Our investment teams integrate material ESG factors into their investment decisions for applicable types of investments1.
We have a dedicated Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment (CGRI) team whose role is to advance ESG integration by managing and coordinating ESG research, supporting investment team engagements with our investee companies on material ESG-related issues, overseeing our proxy voting, collaborating with like-minded investors and engaging with lawmakers and regulators.
Climate change has the potential to have direct and indirect impacts on the issuers in which we invest. The potential breadth and importance of climate-related investment risk and opportunity merits a significant focus within our ESG integration efforts. For more information about our focus on climate change in our ESG integration efforts, please read Our Approach to Climate Change.
Each year we ask key decision makers for their thoughts on topics trending within the responsible investment universe. Our 2022 survey examines the responses of over 700 participants around the globe.
Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment (CGRI) reporting
These reports highlight our recent activities, engagements, progress and achievements regarding our commitment to responsible investment.
1 Certain investment strategies or asset classes do not integrate ESG factors, including but not limited to money market, passive and certain third-party sub-advised strategies.
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