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Aug

15

2017
CoPower Green Bonds: Your opportunity to invest in a greener Quebec

CoPower Green Bonds: Your opportunity to invest in a greener Quebec

Earlier this year, two Green Bonds were issued in Quebec, each representing a significant first. On February 24th, the Quebec Government issued its first provincial Green Bond, a $500 million issuance yielding 1.67% annually, the proceeds from which are used to fund sustainable public infrastructure projects. Like most government green bonds, Quebec’s were limited to major institutional investors and sold out the day they went...

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Jun

08

2017
Peeved at US politicians? New free platform makes it easier to vote on climate change with your investments

Peeved at US politicians? New free platform makes it easier to vote on climate change with your investments

A new free platform,  Greener Change, lets you find scores and rankings on the carbon emissions and water usage of thousands of publicly-traded companies, enabling you to vote on climate change with your investments! Last week, the United States announced its intention to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, an international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the adverse consequences of global warming. If successful,...

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Feb

28

2017
I gave a webinar and then, I felt terrible. Here’s why…

I gave a webinar and then, I felt terrible. Here’s why…

Last week I prepared and gave a Webinar on how to find the best funds to reduce the risks related to the impacts of climate change, and I felt terrible about it. It wasn’t because it didn’t go well – I got decent, even good feedback on it, but I still felt terrible and wasn’t too sure why.  A big part of it was that...

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Nov

23

2016
Discover le Grand Costumier

Discover le Grand Costumier

Special issue on “Community bonds’’ This article is the first of a series of 4 testimonials by organizations that are currently issuing community bonds as part of a pilot-project coordinated by TIESS (Territoires innovants en économie sociale et solidaire). What is a community bond? The issue of community bonds allows non-profit organizations to mobilize new sources of private capital within their support community, ensure their...

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Sep

27

2016
Getting investment adviser to listen and respond to your responsible investment needs

Getting financial advisers to listen and respond to your responsible investment needs

Has your financial adviser asked you about your values or ethics when helping you to find the investment options that are most suitable for your needs? Have you found financial advisers to be knowledgeable about sustainable, responsible or impact investing enough to be able to help you find investments that are compatible with your expectations? At Ethiquette, we’re doing our best to get financial advisers...

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Aug

10

2016
Interview with Wealthsimple: low-cost, online advisor services offering responsible investment funds

Interview with Wealthsimple: low-cost, online advisor services offering responsible investment funds

There are now two ‘robot advisor’ or low-cost, online advisor services in Canada offering responsible investment funds. We’ve previously interviewed ModernAdvisor, and now we’re setting out to give you, our readers, the information you need on the responsible investment options at WealthSimple.com. Please read right to the end where you’ll find Wealthsimple offers ethiquette’s community an interesting opportunity if you think that their services will be...

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Jul

19

2016
How to assess the chemical risks in your investment portfolio ?

How to assess the chemical risks in your investment portfolio ?

In a world where chemical regulations and market demands for safer chemicals are on the rise, how can investors know which firms are most at risk from these emerging trends and which are best positioned to capture new markets with safer products? This post sets out to help you to assess the chemical risks in your investment portfolio. How can institutional purchasers know which suppliers are...

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Jul

13

2016
The laws of supply and demand are at work in the sustainable investment space!

The laws of supply and demand are at work in the sustainable investment space!

Clearly there is increasing demand for more responsible financial products, because we’re witnessing an increase in the supply of eco-responsible investment products. The laws of supply and demand are at work in the sustainable investment space! Indeed, when a financial institution comes up with a new product offering in this space, it’s a good sign! Desjardins recently launched three new investment funds that set out to...

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Jun

21

2016
How to assess the social and environmental value of a company using its sustainability report

How to assess the social and environmental value of a company using its sustainability report

Many investors have asked Ethiquette how they can asses the social and environmental value of companies in their investment portfolio. One accessible way for individual investors (and financial advisors) to do so is to evaluate company sustainability reports. In order to assess the social and environmental value of a company using its sustainability report, it helps to have a better understanding of corporate sustainability reporting. The sustainability report...

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Jun

07

2016
How Sustainable is the Jantzi Social Index?

How Sustainable is the Jantzi Social Index?

I often have difficulty communicating the benefit of socially responsible investments (SRI). There’s definitely a feel-good element from ‘doing less evil’, but I always felt compelled to measure it. In an attempt to quantify the impact of SRI in Canada, I decided to compare the sustainability scores of companies in the traditional S&P/TSX 60 Index with the scores of companies in the more responsible Jantzi...

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