ESG and responsible investment

Invest with greater purpose.

What is responsible investment?

An umbrella term encompassing the approaches used to deliberately incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into an investment portfolio. These approaches are not mutually exclusive; multiple approaches can be applied simultaneously within the investment process.

How to apply responsible investment


Systematically incorporating material ESG factors into investment decision making to identify potential risks and opportunities and help improve long-term, risk-adjusted returns.

screening and

Applying positive or negative screens to include or exclude assets from the investment universe.


Investing in assets involved in a particular ESG-related theme or seeking to address a specific social or environmental issue.


Investing in assets that intend to generate a measurable positive social or environmental impact.

The latest research on ESG in investment

Each year hundreds of institutional asset owners and investment consultants are asked how and why they are applying ESG to their investment process. The 2021 survey looks at the responses of over 800 participants around the world.

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Connect with a skilled RBC Wealth Management advisor to learn how you can integrate responsible investing into your portfolio.

Why we’re all in on responsible investing


Responsible investing is an effective way for investors to have an impact on things they care about.

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– Why we’re all in on responsible investing

As women gain power, interest in ESG investing grows


The values that women hold will shape how wealth is created, mobilized and passed down to the next generation.

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– As women gain power, interest in ESG investing grows

What is ESG investing? How to get started


By focusing on sustainability factors, ESG investing offers the opportunity for investors to make a positive impact.

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– What is ESG investing? How to get started

Rejoining the Paris Agreement and what it means for U.S. investors


The decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement could have significant economic impact for the United States.

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– Rejoining the Paris Agreement and what it means for U.S. investors
We recognize our clients’ growing interest in aligning their investments with their deeply held personal values. That’s why we are proud to help clients include any number of responsible investing options in their wealth planning decisions.

Michael Armstrong CEO of RBC Wealth Management – U.S.

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. We also believe capital can be a force for positive change, clearly demonstrated by a new business target: $500 billion in sustainable finance by 2025.

This commitment supports our enterprise climate strategy, the RBC Climate Blueprint , aimed at accelerating clean economic growth through our strengths in finance, innovation, community investments and more. Tackling climate change presents a big challenge and an even greater opportunity, one that will impact all of our lives, and those of generations to come. As part of our strategy, we will look to monitor, measure and report efforts towards net-zero, and promote climate literacy, offering ideas that support a successful transition. This also includes RBC Tech for Nature, a multi-year commitment to new ideas, technologies and partnerships focused on finding solutions to shared environmental challenges. RBC is committed to playing our part to contribute to a healthier world.

Awards and recognition

Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality (United States)
Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index 2022

Best place to work
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal 2022

Best Private Bank for Digital Marketing and Communication (North America)
PWM Wealth Tech Awards 2022

Best Bank for Sustainability and ESG Thought Leadership (Global)
WealthBriefing Wealth for Good Awards 2022

A workbook for applying ESG data to your investment portfolio

We’ve created a resource to align your portfolio with your personal values and what you feel is best for your community, neighbors and our planet.

Due diligence processes do not assure a profit or protect against loss. Like any type of investing, ESG and Responsible Investing involve risks, including possible loss of principal.

Non-Deposit Investment Products: Not FDIC Insured, Not Bank Guaranteed, May Lose Value