For over a century, Desjardins has been one of the top-tier financial product providers in Canada, with innovative and effective investment products. Desjardins is proud to offer unique responsible investment solutions, giving members and clients attractive return potential on their portfolios, while having a positive impact on their communities and the environment.

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What is

Responsible investing is a form of financial investment that incorporates environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, without, of course, neglecting desired financial returns. These portfolios are designed for investors who want to see their investment grow while supporting businesses that promote sustainable development and social responsibilities.

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The acronym ESG, which stands for environmental, social and governance, includes a set of challenges that companies may face. ESG criteria are used in responsible investment to select the companies which have the best practices in their industry.



  • Forestry
Climate change
  • Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • Carbon footprint
  • Green buildings
Water management
  • Water-related risks
  • Water footprint
  • Fracking
Product safety
  • Genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
  • Nanotechnology



Board of directors
  • Composition
  • Independence
  • Shareholder nominations
Executive compensation
  • Advisory vote
  • Financial crisis
  • Severance pay
Shareholder rights
  • Multiple-voting shares
Political contributionsShareholder rights planSuccession planAbstention campaignSecurity lending

history Historique

XIXth - XXth 1960-1970 1970-1990 1990 2000

RI around the world L'ISR dans le monde

Every two years, the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance releases the an overview of responsible investing (RI) around the world. Five regions are covered in the report: Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia/New Zealand and Japan.

The current international market for RI — an investment approach that includes environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria in the selection and management of placements and investments — already represented USD 30.7 trillion in the regions covered by the report as of December 31, 2017.

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