We demonstrate our commitment in the following ways:
At Genus, we commit to continually improve our efforts to reduce negative impacts on people and the environment, while increasing our positive impact by re-allocating investments to organizations that benefit the world.
We are signatories of the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and have committed to the six principles of Responsible Investment. We commit to helping our clients make better investment decisions through an improved understanding of sustainability.
We are a member of the Responsible Investment Association, an associate member of the Shareholder Association for Research and Education, and a signatory to the Montreal Carbon Pledge and the Carbon Disclosure Project.
We are home to some of Canada’s first fossil free pooled funds, and offer one of the broadest range of fossil free funds and Impact Investing options. Our Fossil FreeTM funds contain zero fossil fuel reserves and our Fossil Free equity funds strive to keep carbon emissions intensity 70% lower than the weighted market average.
Our Fossil Free funds screen out fossil fuel industries (companies that extract, process, or transport fossil fuels), high carbon intensity, controversial products (tobacco or gambling), low overall ESG scores, and companies with widespread or very harmful controversies.
We integrate sustainability metrics into our models, and continually look for new ways to add returns through sustainable investing.
We are a proud B Corp, committed to meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Genus scored 88.8 out of 200 on its impact assessment, compared to a median of 50 out of 200 with similar companies.
We prioritize doing business with fellow B Corps and using business as a force for good.
We moved our head office to an LEED® Gold Certified building to improve energy efficiency.
We are actively supporting the growth of the renewable energy sector by partnering with Bullfrog Power to bring more renewable energy onto the grid.
We promote the purchasing of electric vehicles by providing our employees with up to $500 a month.
We have created the Genus Green Team who promotes reducing our carbon footprint. Our team takes recycling seriously. We use as little paper as possible, and recycle food and material waste. We also purchase the greenest office supplies on the market.
We are an employee-owned business. Over one third of our employees are shareholders and our company overall is over 50% women-owned.
We encourage employees to make a ‘Sustainable Commuting Commitment’ to travel by bike, foot, or public transport. We also encourage them to work from home when needed. Our head office has a high walk score, and we cover costs for bus passes and community bike usage. We have bike racks and shower facilities on site.
Our employees are given five paid volunteer days per year to make a difference in the local community. We also match the charitable donations of employees up to $500 each year.
Our employees are given their birthdays as a vacation day, on top of their holiday allowance. We also allow our team to take up to an additional two weeks of unpaid vacation each year to recharge.
There are fitness facilities on site and we provide employees with healthy snacks.
We keep employees informed on our environmental commitments and provide resources on how to live and work more sustainably.
We educate our clients on aligning their investments with their values.
We enable investors to become Impact Investors. We launched one of Canada’s first impact investment counsel services, by partnering with SVX (an impact investment platform), to activate more assets for impact investing.
We use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to help clients determine and articulate their investment objectives. We also include the SDG framework in our clients’ Investment Policy Statements, and have developed a new SDG reporting framework.
We host regular seminars and provide resources to clients on how they can invest sustainably.
We conduct research on sustainable investment approaches and performance. These reports show that clients can invest in a sustainable future without sacrificing return potential.
We have a dedicated communications program to educate the public on sustainable investing options and to promote sustainable living.
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