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BMO Global Asset Management joins Responsible Investment Association

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BMO Global Asset Management has joined the Responsible Investment Association, which focuses on the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into the selection and management of investments. 

It is a national, membership-based organisation composed of financial institutions, mutual fund companies, investment firms, financial advisors, and various organisations and individuals who practice and support responsible investing.

"BMO Global Asset Management is honoured to join the Responsible Investment Association and is committed to incorporating ESG principles in the investment strategies we offer. We believe it is both the right thing to do and can also have an important impact on the creation of long-term investor value," says Lesley Marks (pictured), Chief Investment Officer, BMO Global Asset Management (Canada). "While our Fundamental Equity Group already formally includes and evaluates ESG principles as part of our ongoing investment decision-making process, we look forward to working with the Responsible Investment Association to refine our approach and continue our track record of responsible and sustainable investing."

Marks notes that the announcement today comes fewer than two years after the firm became a signatory of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment Initiative (UNPRI), a global network of investors, including asset owners, investment managers and service providers, who work together to put principles of responsible investing into practice.

"We are excited to welcome BMO Global Asset Management as an Associate Member of the Responsible Investment Association," says Deb Abbey, Chief Executive Officer, Responsible Investment Association. "Their decision to join our organisation demonstrates leadership and strengthens our capacity to advance responsible investment in Canada."

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