We ultimately believe that prudent management of ESG issues can have an important impact on the creation of long-term investor value. Companies that successfully manage their ESG risks, and proactively follow ESG best practices, may experience risk-adjusted outperformance over the longer term. This belief underpins our commitment to being a responsible investor.
BMO Global Asset Management has been a pioneer and leader in responsible investment for more than three decades. Responsible investment is central to our corporate identity and integral to our overall investment philosophy. The identification of financially material ESG issues forms part of our investment processes across the firm, helping us to manage risk and support long-term returns. Beyond the management of opportunity and risk, we also see responsible investing and broader investment stewardship activities as part of our duty as an investor acting in the best interest of our clients, and as a participant in the global financial system.
Our approach draws on national and international codes and standards for responsible investment and ownership, including the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment, to which we are a founder signatory.
From the launch of Europe’s first ethically screened fund in 1984 and our position as a founding signatory of the UN PRI (A+ rated) to the comprehensive suite of responsible investment funds and services available today, we have an outstanding heritage in sustainability.