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Melanie Adams
Managing Director & Head of Responsible Investment

RBC has an overall commitment to get to net zero by 2050 and RBC GAM is part of that in our operations and we are also committed to full transparency in how we're thinking about climate change within our portfolios.

Maia Becker
Senior Director, Responsible Investment

RBC GAM has long had a focus on responsible investment, and climate change has been part of that focus for quite some time. Over the last number of years we have published our approach to climate change and our net zero ambition, which really goes deep into what our commitments are and our actions are related to climate change.

So when we look at climate change, we're looking at it from the perspective of how might government policy, technology, market changes affect an issuer, or we think of those as a transition risk of climate change. But we also look at how physical impacts might affect an issuer. So more extreme weather events, flooding, could be hurricanes, natural disasters.

We rolled out our climate dashboards a number of years ago, which is an internal tool for our investment teams where they can look at hundreds of different ESG and climate specific data factors for their investment portfolios and understand how they're exposed to climate risks as well as climate opportunities, and really start to go deeper into some of the measurement and monitoring of climate factors that may be material to those investments.

Melanie Adams
Managing Director & Head of Responsible Investment

When we look at the raw data such as the emissions of certain issuers, we can look at their trajectory and then we can start to map out how we think they're doing in terms of their climate strategy and how that might be in our client's best interests or perhaps if it's lagging, how we might engage with that company to talk to them about their strategy.

But it wouldn't be just on the data you need. It’s the human element. That's why active management is so important. You need someone to look at that data. You need them to analyze it. You need them to be engaging with the company and looking at what the company is saying about this to be able to make those decisions.

Maia Becker
Senior Director, Responsible Investment

In our view, in order to create a just and orderly transition with widely shared benefits for all, we need to create a bridge from where we are today to where we need to be in the future.