Stewardship investing

At CDPQ, we invest constructive capital knowing that performance and progress go hand in hand. By directing capital toward a greener and more equitable transition, we can generate growth while contributing to a more sustainable world.

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2020 Stewardship Investing Report

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Stewardship Investing Report

Key figures

-38%

Decrease in our portfolio’s carbon intensity since 2017

43%

Representation of women on our Board of Directors as at December 31, 2020

355

Total ESG analyses conducted by our teams in 2020

Our priorities

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Climate change

Our investment strategy to address climate change aims to contribute to the transition toward a low-carbon economy and achieve a carbon-neutral portfolio by 2050.

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Equity, diversity and inclusion

We steadfastly promote a corporate culture founded on these fundamental principles, both to achieve our business objectives and to build stronger communities.

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Governance

We focus on different areas to support responsible practices by our portfolio companies, firmly believing that sound governance is a reflection of their solidity and durability.

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Our APPROACH
Our APPROACH

We support portfolio companies in creating lasting value by focusing on business opportunities that deliver growth and long-term performance.

Our stewardship investing levers of influence

We rigorously use multiple levers of influence in a structured way to boost the performance of our portfolio companies and managers.

6 levers of incluence.
  1. Strategic projects 
    Deploy strategies, policies and initiatives reflective of the changes in major ESG trends
  2. Leadership
    Maximize the impact of our actions by engaging with our peers and the financial ecosystem on local and international collaborative platforms
  3. Awareness
    Work with our investment teams and nominee directors to deepen their understanding of ESG issues
  4. Factoring in ESG
    Assess and integrate ESG performance into investment and management processes
  5. Shareholder vote
    Exercise our right to vote to support our stewardship investing convictions and priorities
  6. Engagement
    Conduct ongoing dialogue with our portfolio companies and managers to promote ESG best practices

Our most recent commitments

Say on Climate 

  • Joined the initiative in May 2021
  • Aims to encourage shareholders to vote on action plans to address climate change

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Tobacco-Free Finance Pledge

  • Signed in December 2020
  • Underscores the leadership of financial institutions that have adopted tobacco-free finance policies and encourages other institutions to do the same

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Maple 8.

CEO statement of Canada’s eight largest pension fund managers 

  • Signed in November 2020
  • Calls on companies and investors to drive sustainable and inclusive economic growth through better ESG disclosure and reporting

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Sustainable development

In 2021, we published our Sustainable Development Plan with three strategic orientations and 10 commitments to carry out over the year to generate positive and durable social and environmental impacts.