Desjardins Becomes a Sustaining Member of the RIA

April 12th, 2018

TORONTO – April 12, 2018 – The Responsible Investment Association (“RIA”) is pleased to announce that Desjardins Group has become a Sustaining Member of the RIA.

“As a longtime leader in responsible investing, Desjardins is a natural fit as a top-tier member of the RIA,” said Dustyn Lanz, CEO of the RIA. “We are keen to collaborate with Desjardins to strengthen our services in Quebec and promote responsible investing across Canada.”

The RIA is Canada’s industry association dedicated to advancing responsible investment. RIA Sustaining Members play a critical role in advancing responsible investment in Canada, providing leadership via the board of directors and a stable funding base to support the operations of the RIA.

“As a leader in responsible investments, Desjardins strongly believes in the importance of working on all levels to integrate environmental, social and governance factors into investment analysis and decision-making,” said Sébastien Vallée, Senior Manager of Investment Solutions division at Desjardins Group. “We are pleased to support the Responsible Investment Association and its efforts in promoting and advocating for a more sustainable approach to investment, for the benefit of both investors and communities.”

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

About Desjardins
Desjardins Group is the leading cooperative financial group in Canada and the fifth largest cooperative financial group in the world, with assets of $275,1 billion. It has been rated one of the Best Employers in Canada by Aon Hewitt. To meet the diverse needs of its members and clients, Desjardins offers a full range of products and services to individuals and businesses through its extensive distribution network, online platforms and subsidiaries across Canada. Counted among the world’s strongest banks according to The Banker magazine, Desjardins has one of the highest capital ratios and credit ratings in the industry.

Media Contacts
Nick Buccheri, Communications Manager, RIA: +1(416) 461-6042 x5
Jacques Bouchard, Public relations, Desjardins Group, 1-866-866-7000, ext. 5557940