NEI INVESTMENTS RELEASES 2010 ESG INVESTING PROGRAM ANNUAL REPORT

Industry Leading Report Illustrates Commitment to Environmental, Social and Governance Risk Mitigation

VANCOUVER, Jan. 5 /CNW/ - NEI Investments, a global leader in responsible investing, has released its 2010 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investing Program Annual Report. NEI Investments is home to Ethical Funds, Canada's largest responsible investing funds family.

"We're releasing this year's report against a backdrop of growing investor concern about company safety records, community relations practices, and the role that executive compensation can play in amplifying systemic market risk," said Robert Walker, Vice President, ESG Services at NEI Investments. "More than any other recent event, the BP deepwater drilling catastrophe has raised public awareness of how environmental, social and governance risks can impact the value of their investments."

The report describes how NEI Investments actively scans for critical environmental, social and governance risks present in its holdings and takes active steps to engage with corporations through dialogue and other means. This dialogue encourages these companies to improve their standards and processes in order to mitigate ESG risks for all investors. NEI Investments believes that companies adopting strong ESG practices will provide higher risk-adjusted returns to investors over the long term.

For more information on the 2010 ESG Investing Program Annual Report, visit www.NEIinvestments.com.

NEI Investments
NEI Investments is owned 50% by the Provincial Credit Union Centrals and 50% by Desjardins Group, and offers a wide range of conventional and corporate class funds from Northwest Funds, and the largest responsible investing fund family in Canada from Ethical Funds. NEI Investments currently has over $4.8 billion in assets under management.

NEI Investments has offices in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.

SOURCE Northwest

For further information:

Media Contact:

Robert Walker
Vice-President, ESG Services
604.742.8320
Email: mediarelations@NEIinvestments.com

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Northwest & Ethical Investments LP

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