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A first mover in RI

Many of your clients have likely heard about responsible investing (RI), and want to learn more. With Desjardins, you can ensure your clients are investing in RI solutions that will deliver interesting potential returns and support sustainability.

Desjardins was the first financial institution to offer a full line of RI products in Canada. We leverage our position as a global RI leader to actively promote socially responsible investment solutions that also represent compelling solutions for your practice and client portfolios.

  • 1990 Launch of the Desjardins Environment Fund,
    the first of its kind in Canada
  • 25+ RI products
  • $4.5B+ in RI assets under managementfootnote 1

Desjardins is the first Canadian financial institution to sign the Principles for Responsible Banking, a UN initiativefootnote 2.

Driving positive change, making a real impact

Desjardins’ RI products employ rigorous security selection processes to ensure your clients are exposed to fundamentally strong investments that continue to make a tangible positive impact on our planet and our communities.

Desjardins SocieTerra Positive Change Fund

The Desjardins SocieTerra Positive Change Fund invested in companies that contributed to crop yields increased on more than 1,076 hectares of farmland in 2018 footnote 3.

Learn more - Desjardins SocieTerra Positive Change Fund

Desjardins SocieTerra Cleantech Fund

In 2018, the Desjardins SocieTerra Cleantech Fund invested in companies that helped save or deliver 1,600 megalitres of treated water—enough to supply 13,324 Canadians with water for 1 yearfootnote 4.

Learn more - Desjardins SocieTerra Cleantech Fund

Desjardins SocieTerra Environmental Bond Fund

In 2018, the Desjardins SocieTerra Environmental Bond Fund helped avoid 943 tons of CO2 emissionsfootnote 5, the equivalent of taking 236 cars off the road for 1 yearfootnote 6.

Learn more - Desjardins SocieTerra Environmental Bond Fund

Desjardins SocieTerra Diversity Fund

The Fund invests in companies that have a strong and growing presence of women in their senior management and board of directors, or which demonstrate internal policies and practices that promote diversity.

Learn more - Desjardins SocieTerra Diversity Fund

Show clients they can be part of the solution

Share this series of videos on the sustainability issues we’re facing, the opportunities that RI represents and the companies that are creating change. When your clients choose Desjardins RI solutions, they’re choosing interesting potential returns while making a real-world positive impact.

Agriculture

We select companies that develop innovative and sustainable solutions for the food and agriculture sector.

Text transcript of the video: Desjardins, Canadian leader in responsible investment – Agriculture

Note: The information in brackets describes the visual and audio content of the video, and the rest of the text corresponds to spoken content.

[On-screen image: Desjardins logo]

[Classical music plays in the background]

[On-screen text: Responsible investment and agriculture]

Narrator: When we invest, we’re thinking about the future…

[On-screen image: Fall. A man wearing a yellow tuque is seen from the back, walking through a forest with his baby on his shoulders.]

Narrator: our own…

[On-screen image: The mother is sitting in a pile of leaves, laughing and playing with the baby in her arms.]

Narrator: and that of our children.

[On-screen image: Close-up of the baby playing with fallen leaves. The camera cuts to a shot of leaves floating in the air.]

Narrator: But we may also be asking ourselves what this future holds…

[On-screen image: A sidewalk littered with garbage.]

Narrator: with a rising global population…

[On-screen image: Time-lapse video of Yonge Street, in Toronto; cars and pedestrians go by.]

Narrator: a changing climate…

[On-screen image: A multi-lane highway with cars going by in slow motion.]

Narrator: and all the adverse effects these can have on food and agriculture.

[On-screen image: The camera spans down the aisle of an empty grocery store. The scene cuts to a close-up of an empty shopping cart being pushed by somebody.]

Narrator: If you’re like most Canadians, you’re probably more than a bit concerned.

[On-screen image: A man holding a baby is standing up eating his breakfast at the kitchen counter. He is watching a video on his laptop.]
Narrator: That’s why at Desjardins, we take issues like these into account…

[On-screen image: Bird’s-eye view of an agricultural farm. A tractor is pulling a trailer that holds several boxes. A person holding a box is standing on the trailer. We then see a bird’s-eye view of a large vegetable garden.]

Narrator: when developing responsible investment strategies…

[On-screen image: Close-up of a man cultivating plants in a greenhouse.]

Narrator: It’s our way of supporting companies with their eye on tomorrow…

[On-screen image: A woman and a man are talking as they walk down the aisle of a greenhouse. The scene cuts to two farmers, seen from the back; one has his arm around the other. They are walking beside a tractor in a field.]

Narrator: and more modern environmental…

[On-screen image: Close-up of hands picking up a basket of freshly picked Swiss chard.]

Narrator: social…

[On-screen image: Bird’s-eye view of an outdoor market stocked full of fruit and vegetables.]

Narrator: and governance practices in mind.

[On-screen image: A table with a group of women discussing.]

Narrator: Companies that are developing solutions…

[On-screen image: 2D animation. Two tractors are towing a plow along a bright yellow field.]

Narrator: to increase crop productivity while using less fertilizer, less water and fewer pesticides…

[On-screen image: Two farmers follow the tractors; one of them is holding an electronic tablet. They stop to look at the flowering corn that sprouts up.]

Narrator: all while cutting their greenhouse gas emissions.

[On-screen image: Three circles appear above the field; one shows a graph, another shows a thermometer and the last shows a sheaf of corn.]

Narrator: Investing in these companies can be just as beneficial to you as it is to the planet.

[On-screen image: A leaf falls away from one of the plants; it floats in the air until it lands behind a house surrounded by trees. In front of the house is a body of water with fish swimming inside. The animation creates a circle inside which a city sprouts up around the house. A cyclist goes by.]

Narrator: At Desjardins, we are a leader in responsible investment…

[On-screen image: Close-up of hands planting a seedling in the ground.]

[On-screen text: Canada’s leader in responsible investment]

Narrator: and we’re offering you the opportunity to invest in your future—in the future of us all.

[On-screen image: A woman feeds her daughter, who is sitting in her lap.]

Narrator: It’s a win-win situation…

[On-screen image: A man with a reusable bag slung on his shoulder is picking out fruit in a grocery store.]

Narrator: that turns your investments into agents of change.

[On-screen image: A family is surrounded by trees in an orchard. The son, in his father’s arms, is eating a piece of fruit.]

Narrator: Be part of the solution. Talk to your representative about responsible investment.
[On-screen image: A bird’s-eye view of a forest in the fall. The camera zooms out through the clouds to show the Earth as it is seen from space.]

[Music: Desjardins jingle]

[End of video. The Desjardins Wealth Management logo and official animation appear on the green background indicative of Desjardins.]

 

Energy

We select innovative companies whose products and services contribute to the energy transition.

Text transcript of the video: Desjardins, Canadian leader in responsible investment – Energy

Note: The information in brackets describes the visual and audio content of the video, and the rest of the text corresponds to spoken content.

[On-screen image: Desjardins logo]

[Classical music plays in the background]

[On-screen text: Responsible investment and energy]

Narrator: When we invest, we’re thinking about the future…

[On-screen image: A woman is lying down on a blanket laid out on a lawn. She is holding a dog and playing airplane with a young boy wearing a cape. There are toys strewn about. She puts the child down.]

Narrator: our own and that of our children.

[On-screen image: We see the child running toward the dog, then playing in a pile of leaves. He throws some leaves up in the air, and they float slowly in the air.]

Narrator: But we may also be asking ourselves what this future holds…

[On-screen image: We see an overflowing garbage bag on a sidewalk littered with garbage and dead leaves. A passerby throws a paper cup on the pile, and it makes other pieces of garbage fall to the floor.]

Narrator: with a rising global population…

[On-screen image: Time-lapse video of a busy New York street full of people; cars go by.]

Narrator: a changing climate…

[On-screen image: A refinery near a body of water, with mountains in the background.]

Narrator: and all the adverse effects these can have on our energy consumption.

[On-screen image: A bird’s-eye view of a forest with a dead tree in the centre.]

Narrator: If you’re like most Canadians, you’re probably more than a bit concerned.

[On-screen image: The young boy is sitting at his desk, drawing evergreens on a white sheet of paper.]

Narrator: That’s why at Desjardins, we are offering responsible investment solutions.

[On-screen image: The camera spans over a forest of evergreens. This cuts to a hydroelectric dam in the heart of the forest, with snow-capped mountains in the background.]

Narrator: It’s our way of supporting companies with their eye on tomorrow…

[On-screen image: A man, seen from the back, is facing a wind farm while taking notes on an electronic tablet. We then see him from the side, looking off into the distance.]

Narrator: and more modern environmental…

[On-screen image: Two workers are seen installing solar cells on a rooftop.]

Narrator: social…

[On-screen image: A streetcar passes down a busy street.]

Narrator: and governance practices in mind.

[On-screen image: Two women are working on an apparatus inside an IT laboratory.]

Narrator: Companies that are developing alternatives to fossil fuels…

[On-screen image: 2D animation. We see a factory in the middle of a cleared forest. A bulldozer comes along and removes the factory.]

Narrator: by focusing on wind and solar energy, energy efficiency … and many other innovations that can speed up our transition to clean energy.

[On-screen image: Nature within the forest begins to regenerate; we see wind turbines pop up and birds fly by. Close-up on one of the leaves of a tree.]

Narrator: Investing in these companies can be just as beneficial to you as it is to the planet.

[On-screen image: The leaf falls from the tree and floats in the air until it lands behind a house surrounded by trees. In front of the house is a body of water with fish swimming inside. The animation creates a circle inside which a city sprouts up around the house. A cyclist goes by.]

Narrator: At Desjardins, we are a leader in responsible investment…

[On-screen image: We see a tree full of leaves.]

[On-screen text: Canada’s leader in responsible investment]

Narrator: and we’re offering you the opportunity to invest in your future—in the future of us all.

[On-screen image: The young boy plays with a figure made of twigs, brushing it up against a tree. The boy, smiling, plays on the lawn with the woman.]

Narrator: It’s a win-win situation that turns your investments into agents of change.

[On-screen image: A bird’s-eye view of a forest in the fall. The camera zooms out through the clouds to show the Earth as it is seen from space.]

Narrator: Be part of the solution. Talk to your representative about responsible investment.

[Music: Desjardins jingle]

[End of video. The Desjardins Wealth Management logo and official animation appear on the green background indicative of Desjardins.]

 

Water management

We support innovative businesses that are tackling water management and sanitation issues.

Text transcript of the video: Responsible investing; A long-term trend that powers growth. Water: Challenges and opportunities

[Context: You can hear a narrator speaking throughout the video.]

Did you know that if something isn’t done by 2030, we’ll only be able to meet 60% of the global demand for drinking water?

[On-screen legal text: The United Nations World Water Development Report 2015, Water for a Sustainable World.]

Some of them are looking for more efficient, cost-effective ways to turn sea water into fresh water. Others are developing treatment methods that require fewer chemicals.

It’s projected that $7.5 trillion need to be spent on water infrastructure until 2030.

[On-screen legal text: McKinsey Global Institute, Bridging Global Infrastructure Gaps, June 2016.]

It’s not surprising that there are businesses that have seized this opportunity to improve infrastructures, and others that are developing new systems to detect and prevent leaks.

Responsible investing targets businesses that anticipate risks and seize opportunities.

Your investment portfolio can capitalize on the growth potential of these businesses now.

Talk to your advisor about responsible investing.

 

Waste management

We select innovative companies that design circular production solutions to limit waste production.

Text transcript of the video: Responsible investing; A long-term trend that powers growth. Waste management: Challenges and opportunities

[Context: You can hear a narrator speaking throughout the video.]

Did you know that if something isn’t done, there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans by 2050?

[On-screen legal text: World Economic Forum, 2016. The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics.]

Clearly, we’re facing some huge challenges.

It’s projected that by 2050, global waste production will increase by 70%.

[On-screen legal text: World Bank Group, What a Waste, 2018.]

To deal with this issue, some businesses have committed to reducing waste at the source. They are moving from a linear economy that produces unnecessary waste to a circular economy. Waste is designed out of the system or injected back into the production cycle. It’s a win-win solution that optimizes resources and reduces waste.

Responsible investing targets businesses that anticipate risks AND seize opportunities.

Your investment portfolio can capitalize on the growth potential of these businesses now.

Talk to your advisor about responsible investing.

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  1. 1. As at December 31, 2019. Includes all responsible investment products offered by Desjardins Group.
  2. 2. Finance UNEO Initiative, What are the Principles for Responsible Banking designed to achieve? - External link. Opens in a new window.
  3. 3. Baillie Gifford, Calculate Your Positive Change. - External link. Opens in a new window. (With about $105 million in assets under management in 2018).
  4. 4. Impax. Environmental impacts of the Desjardins SocieTerra Cleantech Fund. Based on the most recently reported environmental data for holdings in the fund as of December 31, 2018. Impax’s impact methodology is based on equity value.
  5. 5. Mirova SA. Aligning Portfolios with the Paris Agreement, 2019. Calculations are based on a CA$10 million investment in the companies included in the Desjardins SocieTerra Environmental Bond Fund.
  6. 6. Équiterre, Voiture solo. Calculation based on an assumed 20,000 kilometres per vehiclue per year (page in French only)

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