Our Responsible Investment Expertise

First in responsible investing for 30 years

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Among the country's best when it comes to RI expertise

Your clients are looking to invest with an authentic, experienced leader with proven success in RI. Here's what we've accomplished in the past 30 years.

Expertise and experience can't be bought

  • 1990 Launch of the Desjardins Environment Fund, the first of its kind in Canada
  • $10.3B Among the largest RI assets under management1
  • 30 Over 30 RI products, the broadest range of products across Canada2

Ever-evolving pioneers

We're groundbreakers. In addition to introducing the first environment fund in 1990, Desjardins has often been, and continues to be, a Canadian leader in responsible investing:

2016

Launch of the first green bond mutual fund, the Desjardins SocieTerra Environmental Bond Fund3

Launch of the first clean technology mutual fund, the Desjardins SocieTerra Cleantech Fund3

2018

Launch of the first RI emerging markets mutual fund, the Desjardins SocieTerra Emerging Markets Equity Fund3

Launch of the first low-CO2 exchange-traded funds (ETF) line-up

2020

Launch of our 4th thematic impact fund, the Desjardins SocieTerra Diversity Fund


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Access to world-class RI fund managers

Thanks to our open architecture and thorough selection process, you can benefit from the expertise of some of the most experienced portfolio managers in the world.



ESG commitment that begins at the top of the organization

In addition to our investment offering, Desjardins Group, as Canada’s leading cooperative financial group, integrates ESG criterias (environment, social and governance) in all their business lines. Here are 3 examples:

  • Net-zero emissions by 2040

    Applies to our extended operations and our lending activities and own investments in three key sectors: energy, transportation and real estate4.

  • $1.21 billion in renewable energy

    Our investment in renewable energy infrastructure. It accounts for approximately 44% of our infrastructure portfolio5.

  • $71.5 billion in sustainable community development

    Our 2020 investment, through donations, sponsorships, philanthropic partnerships and scholarships6.


Principle for Responsible Banking (PRB)

First Canadian financial institution to sign PRBs, an initiative of the United Nations7.

Also a signatory of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)8.


Transparency and measurable impacts

Your clients expect to see the impact their investments can have. We provide the data.


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  1. As at June 30, 2021.
  2. Based on internal monitoring as at June 30, 2021. May change without notice.
  3. Based on internal monitoring.
  4. Desjardins. 2020 Report: Desjardins Group maintains its commitments to sustainable development. Press Releases, December 16, 2020. [cited July 30, 2021].
  5. Desjardins. 2020 Social and Cooperative Responsibility Report: Together for 120 years. Updated June 8, 2021, p. 9. [cited July 30, 2021].
  6. Desjardins. 2020 Social and Cooperative Responsibility Report: Together for 120 years. Updated June 8, 2021, p. 22. [cited July 30, 2021].
  7. Desjardins. Desjardins becomes the first Canadian financial institution to sign the Principles for Responsible Banking. Newsroom—Press releases. September 16, 2019. [cited September 14, 2021].
  8. Principles for Responsible Investment. "Desjardins Global Assets Management." Signatory Directory. [cited July 30, 2021]. *United Nations’ initiative (UNEP Finance Initiative).