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Responsible investing is an investment process that applies environmental, social and governance (ESG) data to an investment portfolio. This encompasses a number of approaches, including socially responsible investing (SRI), ESG integration and impact investing.

What is responsible investing?

ESG integration
ESG integration

Support companies that perform well on environmental, social and governance metrics.

Socially responsible investing
Socially responsible investing

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

Impact investing
Impact investing

Support social or environmental issues with the expectation of measurable results.

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 2020 survey looks at the responses of over 800 participants around the world.

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“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: $100 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, investment, risk management, innovation, economic research and community investments. This strategy includes RBC Tech for Nature, a multi-year commitment to new ideas, technologies and partnerships focused on finding solutions to shared environmental challenges.

Awards and recognition

Best place to work for LGBT Equality

Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index 2021

Best Innovative Client Solution

Family Wealth Report Awards 2020

A workbook for the values-driven investor

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.

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