Responsible investment

We believe that high-quality companies which manage environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities well will make attractive long-term investments.

We define responsible investment as a strategy and practice to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in investment decisions and active ownership. We are a proud signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, and our definition aligns with theirs. We assess risks and opportunities related to each factor, which may include:


Greenhouse gas emissions, water and resource use, land use, deforestation, biodiversity, waste


Human rights, community relations, labour relations, child labour, modern slavery, workplace safety, diversity and social supply chain issues.


Board and management quality, financial reporting, bribery and corruption, data security, remuneration, stakeholder governance.

Our approach

ESG integration

We consider ESG factors when evaluating individual companies and fund managers. We use Sustainalytics, a third-party provider of ESG data, to incorporate material risks and opportunities when assessing our ‘buy list’ stocks. We have a dedicated socially responsible investing (SRI) list for funds with a sustainability focus, and with restrictions on investment in harmful activities.

Ethical screening

Clients can choose to apply certain ethical screening criteria to their portfolio. They can select certain restrictions for direct holdings, and portfolios are then created and managed to reflect these restrictions.

Engagement and stewardship

We are committed to being a good steward of our clients’ investments, to enhance and protect their long-term value. For each core holding, we monitor and engage with company management on priority material issues that impact the value of our clients’ assets, including ESG issues. 

The RBC Climate Blueprint

The RBC Climate Blueprint is our coordinated enterprise strategy to accelerate clean economic growth and support our clients in a socially inclusive transition to net-zero. Read more here.

Key policies

Responsible investment statement

Our approach to responsible investment is outlined in our Responsible Investment Statement.


Stewardship policy

We actively engage with the companies we invest in to drive change for our clients and society.

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