Franklin Templeton Investments Joins the Responsible Investment Association

February 21st, 2017

TORONTO, February 21, 2017 – Franklin Templeton Investments Corp. (Franklin Templeton) and the Responsible Investment Association (RIA) announced today that Franklin Templeton has become an Associate Member of the RIA.

“We are very pleased to welcome Franklin Templeton Investments as an Associate Member of the RIA,” said Deb Abbey, CEO of the RIA. “Their membership strengthens our capacity to promote the continued growth of responsible investing in Canada. We look forward to working with Franklin Templeton in our ongoing effort to advance Canada’s responsible investment industry.”

“Our membership with the RIA, a recognized leader in the Canadian market for furthering the support and advancement of ESG integration, reflects a strong alignment with our corporate level commitments,” said Duane Green, president and CEO of Franklin Templeton “We look forward to deepening our relationship with RIA members and advancing the continued development of responsible investing in Canada.”

About Franklin Templeton Investments
Franklin Templeton Investments Corp. is a Canadian subsidiary of Franklin Resources, Inc. [NYSE:BEN]. Franklin Resources, Inc. is a global investment management organization operating as Franklin Templeton Investments, which provides global and domestic investment management to retail, institutional and sovereign wealth clients in over 170 countries. Through specialized teams, the company has expertise across all asset classes—including equity, fixed income, alternative and custom solutions. The company’s more than 650 investment professionals are supported by its integrated, worldwide team of risk management professionals and global trading desk network. With offices in over 30 countries, the California-based company has 70 years of investment experience and over US$728 billion (over C$948 billion) in assets under management as of January 31, 2017.  For more information, please visit Connect with Franklin Templeton on Twitter(@FTI_Canada).

About the Responsible Investment Association
The Responsible Investment Association (RIA) is Canada’s membership association for responsible investment (RI). RI refers to the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into the selection and management of investments. We are a national, membership-based organization composed of financial institutions, mutual fund companies, asset management firms, financial advisors, ESG research firms, and various organizations and individuals who practice and support responsible investing. The RIA and its members strongly believe that RI is a valuable investment tool to enhance returns, reduce risk, and catalyze positive societal change.