Environmental, Social and Governance
How we work
NEI is home to Canada’s largest team of in-house socially responsible investment professionals1. This team delivers comprehensive Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) Services to the managers of socially responsible investments, including NEI’s own Ethical Funds, Canada’s largest provider of socially responsible mutual funds.
A program for corporate change
ESG Services uses a multi-faceted evaluation process and proactive corporate engagement to encourage companies held in our clients’ portfolios to adopt positive and sustainable business practices that make them not only better corporate citizens but also more attractive long term investments.
We encourage companies to improve their environmental, social and governance practices through dialogue, shareholder resolutions and proxy voting. Key to this corporate engagement approach is dialogue. Through progressive dialogue, we seek to communicate concerns about these practices directly to corporate management in order to improve company policy, disclosure and performance in these areas.
ESG Services takes a multi-faceted approach to promoting environmental, social and governance change through the following strategies: