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How will you align your investments with your personal beliefs and values? More and more people are turning to responsible investing—a process that applies environmental, social and governance (ESG) data to your investment portfolio.

This type of investing isn’t new—responsible investing assets have skyrocketed to $3.2 trillion as of the end of 2019, a 48 percent increase in two years, according to the Responsible Investment Association . As companies continue to innovate and strive for positive impacts, responsible investing opportunities continue to increase.

Like many of our clients, RBC Wealth Management focuses on community involvement, diversity and inclusion and environmental responsibility to support both current and future generations. To help you create a positive social and environmental impact, we offer a broad range of solutions designed to align with your values and financial goals.

Responsible investing

We'll help you invest with purpose and apply responsible investing approaches to your wealth plan, including ESG integration, socially responsible investing (SRI) and impact investing.

Our worldwide team also performs due diligence to make sure the investments we offer meet established criteria.

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ESG integration

Support companies that perorm well on environmental, social and governance metrics

Impact investing

Support social or environmental issues with the expectation of measurable results

Socially responsible investing

Create or withdraw support for companies/sectors in portfolio that do/don’t meet personal values

ESG integration

Show your support for companies that perform well on environmental, social and governance metrics, including:

Environmental concerns — Climate change, natural resources conservation, pollution and waste management, and water scarcity

Social issues — Corporate philanthropy, community and government relations, workplace health and safety, human rights and diversity

Governance topics — Accounting practices, board accountability and structure, disclosure practices, executive compensation, corporate ethics, regulatory compliance and transparency

Socially responsible investing

Use ESG data to create or withdraw support for companies and sectors that do or don’t align with your personal values. This involves both negative and positive screening of companies, industries or sectors to eliminate or select investments.

Negative screening

No tobacco, no alcohol, no weapons.

Positive screening

Social housing, renewable energy, human rights.

Impact investing

Support social or environmental issues with the expectation of achieving measurable results rather than profits alone. Impact investors want a return on their investment, but may also be willing to take a capital loss as long as there are tangible results for the investment. In that way, it is essential to measure the impact of this investment.

A third dimension of performance

Square with financial risk on x axis and financial return on y axis.

Traditional investing

Cube with financial risk on x axis, financial reward on y axis and impact on z axis.

Impact investing

Our commitment

RBC is a leader in sustainability, another key area of focus for responsible investors. Our approach to sustainability is central to our business and to our stated purpose: to help clients thrive and communities prosper. RBC is listed as a holding in several responsible investing indexes, including Pax Ellevate Management’s Impax Global Women’s Leadership Index and the FTSE4Good Index. Additionally, RBC received the 2021 Catalyst Award for initiatives that have accelerated progress for women and elevated inclusion within our organization.

We also believe capital can be a force for positive change, as clearly demonstrated by a new business target: $500 billion in sustainable finance by 2025 and net-zero emissions in our lending by 2050, which is aligned with the global goals of the Paris Agreement.

RBC Wealth Management can help you integrate responsible investing into your portfolio.