Sustainable Development

A socially responsible investor for more than 35 years

Sustainable development (SD) has been part of the mission, values and practices of the Fonds de solidarité FTQ since its creation. As such, the Fonds takes into account the economic, social and environmental dimensions of development and applies socially responsible investment (SRI) principles.

The social responsibility of the Fonds

The social responsibility of the Fonds and its commitment to SD and SRI principles are reflected in its responsible approach to investment activities, which includes:

-       the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) as well as SD factors in the investment decision process;

-       shareholder engagement; and

-       targeted exclusion.

The sustainable development policy

The Board of Directors of the Fonds adopted a Sustainable Development Framework Policy in August 2014. This policy defines the Fonds de solidarité FTQ’s main orientations and general approach with respect to SD and SRI.

Integrated activity reports

In 2019, the Fonds issued its tenth Operations and Sustainability Report, which was prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards.

Principles for Responsible Investment

As a responsible investor, and to act in the best long-term interest of its shareholders, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ joined to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in September 2011.

Furthermore, to ensure better monitoring of its investments in large-capitalization securities, the Fonds has used the services of SHARE (Shareholder Association for Research & Education). This not-for-profit organization may intervene at shareholders' meetings by proposing resolutions or debating resolutions that were already submitted. It may also take more direct action by contacting certain companies to motivate them to improve their practices.

The objective of this collaboration: engaging companies in a dialogue to encourage them to adopt good governance, human rights or environmental protection practices.