Sustainability Matters…

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Approximately 70% of the world is covered by water. Only 2.5% is freshwater.


Less than 1% of water on earth is available freshwater.


The remaining freshwater is locked in glaciers or trapped underground.


Each year 1/3 of global food production for human consumption is lost or wasted.

Source: Food Loss and Food Waste. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

If food loss and waste were a country, it would be the 3rd-largest emitter of CO2 (greenhouse gases) – behind China and the U.S.

Source: Food Wastage Footprint & Climate Change. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.


91% of the world’s plastic is not recycled. An estimated 8 million metric tons – or 5 grocery bags full of plastic for every foot of coastline – ends up in the ocean each year.


1-in-9 deaths around the world are caused by air pollution.

Source: Hannah Ritchie and Max Roser (2017) – “Air Pollution”. Published online at Retrieved from: ‘’ [Online Resource].

….and how you invest can make a difference

Sustainable investing or responsible investing refers to investment strategies that aim to create long-term value for investors while also contributing to a better environment, healthier communities and good corporate governance practices.

To find out more about AGF's sustainable investing options, contact your financial advisor



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