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

Responsible investment is one of the three pillars of our sustainability framework, alongside Stewardship and being a Responsible Business.

We offer a bespoke, discretionary service to the majority of our clients through investment managers, financial planners, or a combination of the two. We tailor our approach to each client’s individual needs and objectives.

Our approach includes:

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 Brewin Dolphin Ltd Climate Report

The RBC Brewin Dolphin Ltd Climate Report describes our governance, strategy, risk management and metrics linked to climate-related risks and opportunities, and is guided by the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). It outlines the exposure of our organisation and of our clients’ investments to climate-related risks and opportunities.

Last Updated: June 2024

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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