Responsible investing


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BMO has been investing responsibly for more than 35 years. As pioneers in this space, we know that the decisions we make today define the future for us all. Financial returns matter – but so does the impact our investments may have on society and the environment.

Spanning a variety of asset classes and geographies, our Responsible Investment capability underpins everything we do. And it’s integral to our Purpose of boldly growing the good.


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Read our latest Responsible Investment Annual Report

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BMO GAM team discusses Responsible Investing

BMO GAM team discusses Responsible Investing

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Discover the evolution of investor engagement

Discover the evolution of investor engagement

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Influencing for good

We have a responsibility to make a positive difference in the world around us by using our influence as investors. This means going beyond careful investment decision-making to actively driving change through engagement and voting. For more than 20 years, we have been engaging companies, governments and regulators to establish appropriate policies and practices for environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.

Since 2016, we have aligned our investor engagement to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – 17 goals and 169 underlying targets aimed at achieving a more sustainable future by 2030.

We also engage and vote on behalf of our clients through our Responsible Engagement Overlay service, reo®. Clients can have greater influence in effecting positive change by pooling assets to create one unified, powerful voice.


Investing with impact in mind

It’s not enough for us to say we intend to support sustainable development towards a better future – we must also monitor, measure and report on the impact our investments.

That means working with our investee companies to encourage better disclosure of impact metrics. We publish impact reports annually for our growing range of sustainability strategies, using the Sustainable Development Goals as a key reference point to measure the environmental and social impact of our investment decisions.


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Responsible Lending

Environmental and social risk management

BMO integrates environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into our financing and lending activities – mitigating risk while creating the conditions that drive a more sustainable future.

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