Ethical Funds Enhances Its Review Process by Acquiring ASSET4's Investment Information Solution

    VANCOUVER and ZUG, Switzerland, March 3 /CNW/ - The Ethical Funds
Company, a national investment firm and leader of the socially responsible
investing (SRI) industry in Canada for over 20 years and ASSET4 AG, the
leading provider of objective and measurable environmental, social and
corporate governance (ESG) information, today jointly announced that Ethical
Funds acquired a subscription for the ASSET4 information solution. Ethical
Funds plans to integrate ASSET4 information into its proprietary Corporate
Sustainability Scorecard processes that it uses to manage its $2.7 billion in
assets under management.
    "We have made a commitment to 'reinvent how people see profit' and to
achieve that we take a holistic approach to evaluating corporate performance,"
said Robert Walker, Vice President Sustainability, Ethical Funds. "At the
heart of these processes are ESG data. With the ASSET4 information system,
including their global focus, we now have access to the most comprehensive
source of environmental, social and governance data available today. This
information will integrate seamlessly into our existing processes enabling our
Sustainability Analysts to focus on what they do best: apply our proprietary
metrics to evaluate, analyze, and grade the sustainability performance of
investment prospects and the companies we own."
    "Ethical Funds is a leader in the SRI investment industry in Canada and
has an established, sophisticated process to evaluate the overall financial
and ESG performance of companies," said Ted Yarnell, Vice President and
General Manager of ASSET4's business in the Americas. "Our
assetmasterProfessional(TM) system gives Ethical Funds access to a broader
range of ESG information than they have had before and frees up their analysts
from the time-consuming task of collecting the data themselves. By integrating
the ASSET4's objective and auditable information directly into the day-to-day
processes of the Ethical Funds sustainability analysts, the analysts can now
concentrate on interpreting the information and grading the sustainability
performance of companies."

    The Ethical Funds Company

    Launched in 1992, Ethical Funds is Canada's leading manager of socially
responsible mutual funds, delivering a successful track-record of combining
financial performance with making good companies better. Ethical Funds has
multiple award-winning funds and Canada's largest team of sustainability
analysts. Ethical Funds is owned by Northwest & Ethical Investments LP.


    ASSET4 provides professional investors a new generation of investment
research information enabling them to incorporate objective and measurable ESG
(environmental, social, governance) information into their investment
processes. The ASSET4 information and tools enable clients to improve
investment performance, reduce risk, develop innovative products, drive down
research costs and monitor the ESG aspects of their portfolios. ASSET4 has
220 employees and is headquartered in Zug, Switzerland with locations in
London, New York, Mauritius and India. It is a proud signatory of the UN's
Principles for Responsible Investment. For more information, please visit

For further information:

For further information: The Ethical Funds Company, Jane Mitchell,
Public Relations, Tel: (604) 714-3843,,; ASSET4, Jeff Wild, Corporate Communications, Tel: +41 41
729 30 40,,

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