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Responsible Investment Association
The Responsible Investment Association (RIA) is Canada’s leader on responsible investment (RI). RI refers to the integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria into investment selection and management. We are a national, nonprofit, membership-based organization composed of financial institutions, mutual fund companies, investment firms, financial advisors, and various organizations and individuals who practice and support responsible investing. The RIA and its members strongly believe that RI is a valuable investment tool to enhance returns, reduce risk, and catalyze positive social change.

United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment
The United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Initiative is an international network of investors working together to put the six Principles for Responsible Investment into practice. Its goal is to understand the implications of sustainability for investors and support signatories to incorporate these issues into their investment decision making and ownership practices. Since it’s launch in 2006, the UN PRI has grown to 1200 participating signatories and represents over 34 trillion dollars of investment assets under management globally.

Program on Water Issues at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
The Program On Water Issues (POWI) creates opportunities for members of the private, public, academic, and not-for-profit sectors to join in collaborative research, dialogue, and education. The Program is dedicated to giving voice to those who would bring transparency and breadth of knowledge to the understanding and protection of Canada’s valuable water resources. Since 2001, The Program On Water Issues has provided the public with analysis, information, and opinion on a range of important and emerging water issues. Its location within the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto provides access to rich analytic resources, state-of-the-art information technology, and international expertise.

University of Toronto’s School of the Environment
The School of Environment, housed within University of Toronto’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, is the focal point for environmental initiatives across all three campuses. The school offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Masters Programs as well as collaborative programs with other faculties at U of T. The School of Environment also strives to offer opportunities for student engagement, collaborative research projects, and further learning through leading edge workshops and seminars.

OikoCredit
OikoCredit is a worldwide cooperative and social investor, providing funding to the microfinance sector, fair trade organizations, cooperatives and small to medium enterprises. It promotes global justice by challenging people, churches and others to share their resources through socially responsible investments and by empowering disadvantaged people with credit. Founded in 1968, OikoCredit now has assets over one billion (CAN), providing funding in nearly 70 countries and enabling over 37,000 jobs in social enterprises.

Toronto Sustainability Speaker Series
The Toronto Sustainability Speaker Series (TSSS) was launched in 2008 to share leadership stories of companies that have found economic advantages by integrating sustainability into their corporate strategy.  TSSS events occur 4-5 times each year and act not only as a learning opportunity but also as a networking forum for individuals to come together as allies and partners in efforts to promote sustainable business practices. Their events have attracted hundreds of the nation’s leading sustainability professionals and are continuing to grow in 2014.

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