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ESG - Environmental, Social and Governance Investing

ESG (or ‘responsible investment’) is an investment approach that incorporates environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, along with broader systemic issues, into investment decision-making and active ownership processes, in addition to or in combination with traditional fundamental financial research.

Canadian fund managers and advisory firms have a long history of providing ESG or responsible investment products and services to their clients, in some cases, going back decades. In recent years, there has been considerable interest in this approach to investing. The growing popularity of ESG and responsible investing funds has led to industry discussions about the need to develop clear, consistent terminology and definitions.


IFIC Submission - Lisa French - Canadian Sustainability Standards Board (CSSB) Proposed Sustainability Standards CSDS 1 & 2 (June 13, 2024)

IFIC submission - 58101F1 Corporate Governance-Expanded Diversity Disclosure (September 29, 2023)

Advisor Insights: Answering Your Clients' Questions about Responsible Investing Funds

About the CIFSC Responsible Investment Identification Framework for Investment Funds

Infographic: Responsible Investing in Canada: A Snapshot

IFIC Submission - CIFSC Responsible Investment Identification Framework (June 15, 2022)

IFIC Submission - CSA - Climate-related Disclosure (January 17, 2022)

IFIC Submission – IOSCO – Consultation on Sustainability-Related Practices, Policies, and Procedures (August 15, 2021)

IFIC Submission – CFA Institute - ESG Disclosure Standards for Investment Products

IFIC Response to CIFSC Proposed Responsible Investment Fund Identification Framework (December 10, 2020)