January 26th, 2015
In 2014, we launched our certification program for Responsible Investment Advisors and Professionals. We offer two designations, which earn you CE credits and demonstrate your expertise to potential clients. Both of our designations are included in the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) directory.Read more
The Responsible Investment Association has launched the PRI Academy in Canada. It is increasingly important to understand how environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors affect shareholder and stakeholder value. As a result, demand for professional ESG training is increasing. The PRI Academy meets this demand.Read more
We are pleased to launch the Responsible Investment Knowledge Hub to provide education and raise awareness of environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) issues that affect investment decisions. Our RI Basics page introduces readers to key concepts, issues, and trends in the field of responsible investment.Read RI Basics
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January 26th, 2015
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Corporate governance, transparency and political spending
The Shareholder Association for Research & Education (SHARE) and Ryerson University’s Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility at the Ted Rogers School of Management present a panel discussion on political spending as a corporate governance issue.
Greater transparency is increasingly expected of government, the private sector, and civil society.The most common shareholder proposal in the USA in 2014 was a resolution requesting disclosure of corporate spending on political campaigns and lobbying activities, and a proposal for a similar disclosure rule at the US Securities Exchange Commission received more than a million comment letters.
Although shareholders in Canada have been less vocal on this issue, discussion about whether disclosure of company funds spent on influencing the political process is useful for investors in the Canadian context and, if so, what it should encompass, is growing north of the border.
Join us for a closer look at this emerging corporate governance issue within Canadian capital markets.
- Moderator: Jeff Gray, Law Reporter, Globe and Mail’s Report on Business
- Timothy Smith (Vice President, Walden Asset Management)
- Louise Grondin (Senior Vice-President, Environment and Sustainable Development, Agnico Eagle Mines Limited)
- Kevin Thomas (Director of Shareholder Engagement, SHARE)
- Carol Linnit (Managing Editor, Desmog.ca)
Bay/Wall Street and Sustainability: Does your CSR Report Resonate with Investors?
Featuring distinguished guests:
Ian McPherson, Launched Canada’s 1st Global Clean Energy Fund & Chairs the Investment Committee of the United Church of Canada
Martin Grosskopf, Vice President and Portfolio Manager, Director of Sustainable Investing at AGF
Julie Desjardins, President at Desjardins & Associates Consulting Inc., Co-author of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Issues in Institutional Investor Decision Making
MODERATOR Dr. Blair Feltmate, Associate Professor and Director of Sustainability Practice,University of Waterloo
- Why most money managers on Bay/Wall Street aren’t using sustainability reporting in their investment decisions
- 5 Sustainable Development (SD) metrics that can help money managers better understand your company’s investment opportunity
- Why GRI metrics simply don’t hit the radar for the vast majority of money managers (or Boards of Directors or Senior Managers)
- How companies can re-frame the conversation with investors to ensure a more accurate stock valuation
- How money managers and analysts can sharpen their analytical skills to better assess the ROI opportunity of sustainability megatrends
4:30 – 5:00 pm: Registration, snacks and networking
5:00 – 5:15 pm: Introductions and special announcements
5:15 – 6:00 pm: Panel Discussion: Ian McPherson, Martin Grosskopf & Julie Desjardins
6:00 – 6:15 pm: Small group discussion/brainstorming
6:15 – 6:25 pm: Groups report back to main audience
6:25 – 6:45 pm: General Q and A 6:45 – 7:30 pm: Networking and snacks
Sustainable investment, sustainable pensions
SHARE and the BC Federation of Labour will host the eleventh annual BC Pension Forum in Vancouver February 27, 2015. Join Canadian pension leaders to learn and exchange views about solutions to improving retirement security in today’s complex and dynamic public policy and capital market environment.