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Socially Responsible Investing

Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) is about marrying traditional financial analysis with environmental,  social and governance (ESG) analysis during the investment making decision.

The Process Includes:

  1. Financial Analysis
  2. Environmental, Social & Governance Analysis*
  3. Portfolio Construction
* An ESG Analysis is comprised of:
  • Identifing sector-specific material risks
  • Establishing sector-specific 'baseline expectations'
  • Industries that fulfill 'baseline expectations' will be included

Saving the future while saving for the future

Aligning your belief system with your investments makes so much sense. Automatic exclusion to SRI are companies who do not meet minimum ESG standards. This includes companies primarily involved in tobacco, nuclear energy and weapons. The rigorous process also helps mitigate risk potentially providing enhanced returns over time.Incorporating ESG analysis in the investment process can have a positive impact on returns over the long term. Does Values based investing mean something to you?

Ready to get started?

A commitment to SRI means doing some homework. Give Frank a call to discuss some options and find out why this may be the right solution for you now. If you would like to start out, or transition to a SRI or Values-based investing, contact me to request additional information or schedule a meeting.

Socially Responsible Investment Downloads

How does your energy future look?

Have you accepted the conclusions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)?

That failure to acknowledge and act to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has put the planet on a path toward severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts that will be felt in the decades to come.

Urgent action is required and investment institutions have both an obligation to act and a key role to play.

Climate change paper

How does your diet look?

Research has shown that produce travels great distances to reach its point of sale. Meanwhile, global estimates suggest that 1/3 of the food produced in the world for human consumption gets lost or wasted.

In Canada, the value of food wasted is over $30 billion annually.What role can investors play in creating an efficient and equitable food system?  Working with companies along the entire food value chain from Farm-to-Fork mitigates risk to long-term value. Seeking out companies like Ethical Funds (NEI) is a start.

Download Farm to Fork

Transitioning to low-carbon?

To meet globally agreed upon goals for mitigating climate change, Carbon Tracker estimates that the world can emit a further 565 b. tonnes of carbon dioxide before passing critical thresholds. We have already discovered reserves to emit nearly 5 times that.

The fine balance between reserves in ground and climate change restrictions on drilling can have potentially catastrophic impacts on the global economy if not mitigated. Allocating a portion of profits from today's fossil fuels can assist with research and development among others to help deflate this bubble on our path to a low carbon economy.

Download Energy Transition

What does your bank CEO get paid?

There are many facets to engaging with companies in order to effect change.  Ethical Funds produced a white paper, which gives background on the approach to executive compensation.

In the U.S. the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act included requirements for publicly traded companies to disclose the ratio of CEO to median employee compensation. In 2012, Are you aware of your financial institutions executive compensation arrangements? Want to learn more? Do you want to have an impact?

Download Executive Pay

NEI Investments - Responsible Investment Policy

NEI Investments is committed to helping our clients grow wealth while advancing the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance of publicly-traded companies wherever we invest. Our Responsible Investment Policy sets out the philosophy that guides our efforts and describes our Responsible Ivnesting Program - the strategies, procedures and lines of accountability ensuring we keep our promises and advance towards our goals.

Download the full policy below.

Download NEI Investments Policy

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