Investing in your future will help you fulfill your dreams. Investing in responsible investment (RI) fund will also allow you to address and influence the environmental, social and governance challenges companies face. The fund empowers you to do this through the use of several strategies, including shareholder engagement.
At Desjardins, we aren’t just about investment. We’re about responsible investment with positive global impact. In 2015, 193 UN countries adopted an unprecedented set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our Responsible Investment funds support companies that contribute to most of these UN goals. And in doing so, make a real impact in creating a more sustainable world.
Today, these 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals are pivotal benchmarks in creating positive global change across the spectrum. In fact, from these 17 goals, 169 targets and 232 indicators were established in order to measure RI’s positive impacts.
And, Desjardins’ SocieTerra Positive Change Fund invests according to 13 of the goals - clearly demonstrating the influence and strength RI has in creating a better world.
Here are some great examples:
Kroton is a company that provides distance education to over 900,000 Brazilian students with a monthly household income of under US$1,000. It’s been shown that after they complete their education, these students’ average income goes up 81%.
Ecolab provides products and consulting services around the world for water sanitation, food security and energy management. In 2017, the company helped its clients save billions of litres of water, divert tonnes of waste from landfills and reduce their CO2 emissions.
Dexcom develops glucose monitoring devices that help diabetics control their blood sugar levels. Dexcom users saw their A1C* levels go down after 24 weeks. They also spent more time in their target A1C range, meaning that they had fewer episodes of high and low blood sugar.
* A1c is a measurement of blood glucose control. A stable level reduces the risk of complications.
Safaricom is a Kenyan telecommunications company that offers mobile apps that provide access to financial services, including one called M-Pesa, a mobile money transfer service. According to research conducted by MIT, M-Pesa has helped lift 194,000 Kenyan households out of poverty. A KPMG study also showed that since 2016, Safaricom has contributed on average 6.5% of the country’s GDP per year and supported 845,000 jobs.
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Ethiquette® is an independent Web platform developed and managed by the Responsible Consumption Observatory (RCO) of UQÀM’s School of Management Sciences (ESG UQÀM) and Ellio. It offers a unique and interactive overview of all forms of responsible investment.
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With other institutional investors, we participate in coalitions to demand improvements to company policies, industry standards and national and international regulations. In addition, we are working on several research projects with academic partners.