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Our approach to responsible investment

Responsible investment describes the broad range of approaches that can be used to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into the investment process.

Our approach to responsible investment is anchored by the knowledge that our clients have entrusted us to help them secure a better financial future for themselves or for the beneficiaries of the funds they manage. For an in depth look at our approach, including the methods we use in our environmental, social and governance (ESG) integration process, our stewardship activities, and our reporting, read the full document.

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We support the global goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 or sooner, and are committed to integrating material climate risks and opportunities into our investment processes. Active stewardship through proxy voting and engagement is a core pillar in our approach and we report transparently on our commitments and progress.

Research and analysis

Engaging with regulators and lawmakers



Proxy voting

Each year we ask hundreds of institutional asset owners and investment consultants how and why they are applying ESG to their investment process. Our 2021 survey looks at the responses of over 800 participants around the world.

Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment (CGRI) reporting

These reports highlight our recent activities, engagements, progress and achievements regarding our commitment to responsible investment.

RBC GAM is a founding member of Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG). The CCGG promotes good governance practices in Canadian public companies and works to improve the regulatory environment to best align the interests of boards and management with their shareholders.

RBC GAM is a sustaining member of the Responsible Investment Association (RIA). The RIA is Canada’s membership association for responsible investment.

We are committed to putting the UN PRI's six Principles of Responsible Investment into practice and believe that they are aligned with our existing approach to responsible investment.

Socially responsible investment funds

RBC Vision Funds are designed to meet the needs of investors who:

  • Believe that social responsibility should be a primary or integrated consideration in making investment decisions and want to invest in companies that have attractive ESG practices and financial characteristics.
  • Want to benefit from the investment expertise of RBC GAM, one of Canada's leading investment managers.
  • Want to invest all, or a portion of, their portfolio in a socially responsible investment solution that aligns their investments with their values
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Please consult your advisor and read the prospectus or Fund Facts document before investing. There may be commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses associated with mutual fund investments. Mutual funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated. RBC Funds, BlueBay Funds and PH&N Funds are offered by RBC Global Asset Management Inc. and distributed through authorized dealers.

RBC Global Asset Management (RBC GAM) is the asset management division of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) which includes RBC Global Asset Management Inc. (RBC GAM Inc.), RBC Global Asset Management (U.S.) Inc., RBC Global Asset Management (UK) Limited, RBC Global Asset Management (Asia) Limited, and BlueBay Asset Management LLP, which are separate, but affiliated subsidiaries of RBC.