What is Sustainable Investing?

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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.

Sustainable investing is growing around the world

Interest in responsible or sustainable investing has increased substantially over the last decade around the world and across all audiences, from individual, retail investors to the largest institutions.

Global responsible investment strategy assets now total more than US$30 trillion, an increase of 34% since 2016.

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Source: “2018 Global Sustainable Investment Review,” Global Sustainable Investment Alliance.

Investment Approaches  

In response to increasing interest, a wide spectrum of sustainable investing approaches and products have developed, ranging from mainstream investment management teams beginning to consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues as part of their investment processes to highly specialized 100% impact groups.

Spectrum of Sustainable Approaches

In this video, Max Zehrt, AVP and Head of ESG, AGF Investments Inc., discusses some of the ways investment managers can approach sustainable investing.


At AGF, responsible and sustainable practices are more than simply an approach to investing. To find out more, visit the Sustainable Investing page


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