Responsible investing: is it right for you?

 

 

We’re all aware of the importance of taking care of our planet. However, you may not know that one easy and meaningful way to play our part is through our investment choices. Have you heard of Responsible Investing?

Invest to Make Positive Returns and a Positive Impact

Responsible investing combines traditional financial analysis with environmental, social and governance criteria, without sacrificing financial returns. For instance, you could choose to invest in companies with a sustainable development mission, such as alternative energy, green transport, protection of biodiversity or pursuit of human rights. Plus, the return potential of these solutions is just as attractive as what you’d get with a traditional investment.

Trend or Here to Stay?

This concept is not a new one. Investors have long wanted to ensure their money wasn't supporting oppressive regimes, unhealthy lifestyles or harmful activities. Today consumers are better informed and more conscious of the impact their purchases and lifestyles have on the environment and it is reflected in the way some people choose to invest. Responsible investors look for companies that promote sustainable development and respect social and human responsibilities. In fact, responsible investing grew by 60% between 2012 and 2014 and accounted for 31% of all assets under management in Canada in 2015.

Team Up with a Responsible Investing Pioneer

Desjardins has been paving the way with its responsible investment solutions and is now one of the leading and most active proponents of responsible investing in Canada. We have representatives in your community to help you choose the right investment solution to help you grow your money in a sustainable way.

To learn more about how to use responsible investing as leverage for change, please visit letsthinkri.com.

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