Responsible Investing

Align your investments with your values
What is ESG?

“Responsible investment is an approach to investing that aims to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into investment decisions, to better manage risk and generate sustainable, long-term returns.”
— UN Principles for Responsible Investment

ESG are factors that provide a framework for breaking down the concept of sustainability into the three primary areas of responsible investing. This includes:

  • Environmental
    Climate Change • Water Management • Pollution
  • Social
    Labour Standards • Human Rights • Health and Safety
  • Governance
    Executive Pay • Business Ethics • Corporate Governance
What are the merits of an index based ESG solution?
  • Index-based Responsible Investing strategies are often uniform across all geographies and market capitalization and ensure consistent implementations across all mandates
  • Index-based strategies are easily measured and monitored. Leading providers such as BMO ETFs, have transparent rules which means that ESG performance can be evaluated at both the “company” and “portfolio” level helping you answer important questions like “how much lower is the carbon footprint of our strategy vs the benchmark?”. Also, being able to easily measure and monitor the ESG performance
  • The rules of an index are transparent and have exclusions like alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and unconventional oil and gas, that will appeal to individuals with the strongest opinions. Knowing the rules makes it easier to seek consensus, you can ask important questions up front, “How has my ETF performed from an environmental or social standpoint?”

If you are looking to add ESG ETFs to your self-directed portfolio, BMO has expanded the range of ESG ETFs including the BMO Balanced ESG ETF (ZESG) and are available through any online brokers. They offer: Canadian, US and international equities and bonds, using MSCI’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) rating system.

Understanding ESG ETFs
BMO’s Responsible Investing Annual Report
BMO MyESG™ Interactive Tool
BMO ETF Voting Dashboard

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