A must-attend event for learning all there is to know about socially
LÉVIS QC, June 14, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Desjardins Group, a leader in
socially responsible investment (SRI), will be sponsoring the Canadian
Responsible Investment Conference, opening on June 18 at the Marriott
Château Champlain in Montreal.
The conference will offer a unique opportunity to share and learn about
responsible investing and lift the veil on this investment market.
Attendees to the event will have the opportunity to learn more about
environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. They will also have
the chance to meet with seasoned speakers and take part in substantive
debates on this year's theme, SRI+20: The Future of Investing.
"Desjardins positioned itself very early on as a Canadian leader in SRI
when it launched the Desjardins Environment Fund 22 years ago, and
later its SocieTerra portfolios," explained Hélène Gagné, Director of
Marketing for Wealth Management and Life and Health Insurance,
Desjardins Group. "We also work hard to explain how SRI works, so it
was a natural fit for us to support the Canadian Responsible Investment
Conference, whose educational values we share."
SRI and shareholder engagement
Desjardins is very active in socially responsible investment and seeks
to help as many people as possible to understand how SRI works. The
various approaches to SRI all call on ESG principles in the selection
and management of stocks and other investments. Apart from events like
this conference, information sessions are regularly held in the caisse
network and videos are posted on www.desjardins.com.
With regard to ESG principles, Desjardins exercises its voting rights as
a shareholder to initiate dialogue with certain companies, especially
when certain practices give rise to environmental, social or governance
issues. "Dialogue is one of the strategies that make up what we call
shareholder engagement. These are some of the technical terms and
practices that attendees will have the opportunity to discover or
understand more clearly during the conference," concluded Hélène Gagné.
About Desjardins Group
Desjardins Group www.desjardins.com is the leading cooperative financial group in Canada with assets of
$196.4 billion. Drawing on the strength of its caisse network in Quebec
and Ontario and its subsidiaries across Canada, it offers a full range
of financial products and services to its 5.6 million members and
clients. Desjardins specializes in Wealth Management and Life and
Health Insurance, in Property and Casualty Insurance, in Personal
Services, and in Business and Institutional Services. As one of the
largest employers in the country and among Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2012™, Desjardins is backed by the skills of its 44,645 employees and the
commitment of nearly 5,400 elected officers. A new education and
cooperation program is now available to Desjardins members and the
general public. For more information, visit www.desjardins.com/co-opme.
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