March 27th, 2019 – Toronto – The Responsible Investment Association (RIA) is pleased to announce that Æquo Shareholder Engagement Services has joined the RIA as a Supporting Member.
“We are very happy to welcome Æquo as a Supporting Member of the Responsible Investment Association,” said Dustyn Lanz, Chief Executive Officer of the RIA. “Æquo’s leadership team has a long history of commitment to shareholder engagement, and we look forward to working with them to advance responsible investing in Canada.”
The RIA is Canada’s industry association dedicated to advancing responsible investment, which refers to the incorporation of ESG factors into the selection and management of investments. RIA membership has grown rapidly in recent years as investors increasingly seek investments that align with their values and manage exposure to ESG risks and opportunities. According to research published by the RIA $2.1 trillion are invested responsible in Canada, equal to more than 50% of professionally managed AUM in Canada.
“We are thrilled to be joining a larger movement of actors spearheading responsible investing in Canada,” said Jean-Philippe Renaut, CEO, Aequo. “The growth of RIA signals the adoption of ESG factors and shareholder engagement the investment process. Through the dialogue it leads on behalf of institutional investors, Æquo aims to improves corporate behavior and steer our society as a whole in a more sustainable direction.”
Æquo conducts shareholder engagement on behalf of institutional investors seeking to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into their investment processes. Æquo represents international institutional investors including pension funds, asset managers, and faith-based communities. Many of its clients are signatories to the Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI) and represent more than CA$110 billion AUM.
About Responsible Investment Association
The Responsible Investment Association (RIA) is Canada’s membership association for Responsible Investment (RI). Members include mutual fund companies, financial institutions, asset management firms, advisors, consultants, investment research firms, asset owners, individual investors and others interested in RI. Our members believe that the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into the selection and management of investments can provide superior risk adjusted returns and positive societal impact. To learn more about the RIA, please visit www.riacanada.ca.
Nick Buccheri, Manager, Communications and Digital Media, RIA, (416) 461-6042 x5