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Responsible investment

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

ESG integration

The systematic integration of ESG factors into investment processes.

Socially responsible investing

The application of positive or negative screens to include or exclude potential investments based on a defined set of values.

Impact investing

The investment in securities of issuers that intend to generate a measurable positive social or environmental impact.


How does a company act as an environmental steward?
  • climate change
  • greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • resource depletion, including water
  • waste and pollution
  • deforestation


How does a company treat employees, customers & communities?
  • working conditions, including slavery and child labour
  • impact on local communities, including indigenous communities
  • conflict
  • health and safety
  • employee relations and diversity


How does a company govern itself?
  • executive pay
  • bribery and corruption
  • political lobbying and donations
  • board diversity and structure
  • tax strategy
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For more information on ESG and how RBC GAM acts as an active, engaged and responsible owner, please see our Approach to Responsible Investment.


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