TORONTO, Dec. 2, 2019 /CNW/ - Fidelity Investments Canada ULC (Fidelity) is pleased to announce that its asset management sub-advisors are signatories of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) including, most recently, Fidelity (Canada) Asset Management ULC.
The PRI, which has over 2,700 signatories collectively representing about US$90 trillion in assets under management, is recognized as the leading global network for investors who are committed to integrating environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) considerations into their investment practices and ownership policies.
"Our clients place their trust in us and we take their trust very seriously at Fidelity. Throughout Fidelity's long history as an investment manager, we have always been active in engaging companies and stakeholders and anticipating various headwinds in the pursuit of long-term, sustainable performance for our clients. Adoption of the PRI by our sub-advisors is a positive next step forward for our investment teams, clients and employees," Kelly Creelman, Senior Vice President, Fidelity Investments Canada ULC.
Leveraging Fidelity's vast global network of investment professionals and dedicated ESG specialists, ESG issues may be evaluated and addressed by our sub-advisors through a number of methods, including:
Integrated ESG analysis
Proprietary sustainability ratings
Third-party ESG research
Proxy voting policies
Regular portfolio reviews
PRI CEO Fiona Reynolds said: "We are very pleased to welcome Fidelity (Canada) Asset Management as a signatory to the PRI. In joining PRI, the organisation recognises the importance of ESG factors in investment strategy and practice. We look forward to working with the team."
Fidelity is also an Associate Member of the Responsible Investment Association (RIA), a non-profit organization committed to advancing the use of ESG criteria in Canada's investment industry. RIA research shows that almost 3 in 4 (72%) Canadian investors are interested in sustainable investing2.
In June 2019, Fidelity launched its first suite of sustainable investment funds for Canadian investors, Fidelity Sustainable World ETF, Fidelity Sustainable World ETF Fund and Fidelity Women's Leadership Fund. Please visit www.fidelity.ca for more information.
2 Source: 2019 RIA Investor Opinion Survey: Canadian investor perspective on plastic.
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