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Investments promoting change.

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What is responsible investing?

In recent years, responsible investing (RI) has been experiencing significant interest and growth in Canada. The Canadian RI Trends Report estimates $3.2 trillion1 in total RI assets under management in Canada and 62%1 market share for RI in the Canadian investment industry.

RI aims to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment decisions.

For a long time, this approach was considered more admirable than profitable. But not anymore. RI potentially allows for better risk management by aiming for long-term sustainable returns. It is now possible to do good with investments that embrace change.


Understanding ESG factors



  • Water shortage 
  • Greenhouse gas emissions 
  • Waste management
  • Biodiversity 


  • Community relations 
  • Human rights 
  • Work standards 
  • Supply chain


  • Diversity of the Board of Directors
  • Compensation
  • Shareholder rights
  • Work ethics

Our approach

At NBI, we believe that taking ESG factors into account in the selection of our portfolio managers will increase the potential for long-term investment returns. Our open architecture structure provides an ongoing process of due diligence and full accountability.

Integration of ESG factors into the OP4+ governance process

As part of the OP4+ governance process, we evaluate, among other things, the integration of ESG factors into the investment process of our portfolio managers, as well as their resources and data sources. This process leads to profitable results for our clients and the planet.

Our commitment for a positive and sustainable impact

NBI is a proud signatory of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and a member of Canada’s Responsible Investment Association (RIA).

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Our solutions for responsible investment

Discover Canada's first line of actively managed Sustainable ETFs that allow you to offer innovative and responsible investment solutions.

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Articles to read

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NBI Monthly Edition April 2020
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Additional information


Contact your NBI Sales Representative via email or by phone at 1-877-463-7627


Legal notes

1 Responsible Investment Association, 2020 Canadian RI Trends Report

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