At Desjardins, every day is Earth Day. Our commitment to sustainable development drives our purpose
and is reflected in everything we do.
This commitment also fuels our investment offer, with responsible investment (RI) front and centre.
The fact that Desjardins Group has more than $4.5B held in RI by our members and clients1 is
testament to this. In addition, we were the first Canadian financial institution to sign the UN's
Principles for Responsible Banking (UPRB)2.
This focus on sustainability and environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles is also
demonstrated in the funds offered through our Group retirement savings (GRS) investment lineup: 100%
of fund managers on our platform are signatories of the UN's Principles for Responsible Investment
(UNPRI). We also offer 4 unique RI solutions (the SocieTerra Funds), composed of 9 underlying ESG
mandates. Read our 2020 annual report (PDF, 2.4 MB) Opens in a new
window. to find out more about responsible investing at Desjardins.
SocieTerra Funds and Portfolios
When you offer SocieTerra Funds and Portfolios to your plan members, they're benefitting from over 30
years of know-how3:
- 1990: Launch of the Desjardins Environment Fund
- 2009: Launch of the SocieTerra Portfolios
- 2016: Launch of Canada's very first green bond fund (Desjardins Environmental Bond Fund) and the
first clean technology fund in Canada (Desjardins SocieTerra Cleantech Fund), the first of a
series of thematic impact funds
- 2018: Launch of the Desjardins SocieTerra Positive Change Fund, which invests in companies that
are actively working to build a more sustainable world for future generations. The fund
addresses 13 of the United Nations' 17 sustainable development goals.
- 2020: Launch of the Desjardins SocieTerra Diversity Fund, which invests in companies with strong
Think about adding responsible investment solutions to your fund lineup
More than 2,000 studies4 have confirmed that responsible
investment solutions offer a return potential
that is just as attractive as what you would get with a traditional investment—sometimes even
For more information on the GRS responsible investment funds, contact your client relationship