Responsible investment offer

Our responsible investment offer

Learn about our approach and our responsible investment (RI) product lineup.

What is responsible investing?

Responsible investing means taking environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into account when selecting and managing investments, in addition to traditional financial analysis. By doing this, we favour companies that contribute to sustainable development.

Why choose RI?

  • Positive social and environmental impacts
  • Attractive return potential
  • Support for businesses with responsible practices

Our responsible investment products

Having a hand in growing a responsible, sustainable economy is part of our values. We've been fine tuning our responsible investment offer for 30+ years to provide you with choices that stay true to who you are. Here's our range of diversified RI products designed to help you achieve your goals.

SocieTerra Funds and Portfolios

Grow your money with responsible investment funds that combine good return potential with concrete impact on the environment and communities.

  • 21 funds and 6 portfolios
  • Multiple RI strategies used to select companies and encourage them to improve their ESG practices
  • Eligible under most plans (RRSP, TFSA, RRIF, LIRA, LIF, RLSP, Group RRSP, etc.) and non-registered accounts
  • Risk profile: Low to moderate

Learn more about SocieTerra Funds and Portfolios

Market-linked guaranteed investments responsible options

Tap into stock market growth potential without risking your money by monitoring the performance of businesses that have been carefully selected for their ESG commitment.

  • 2 portfolios and 2 thematic investments
  • Eligible under most plans (TFSA, RRSP, FTA, LIRA, locked-in RRSP, RRIF, LIF and RDSP) and non-registered accounts
  • The money you invest is 100% guaranteed at maturity
  • Risk profile: Low

Learn more about market-linked guaranteed investments responsible options

Guaranteed investment funds RI Helios2 Contract

Grow your savings with responsible investment funds, but with additional protection.

  • 6 SocieTerra Portfolios
  • Multiple RI strategies used to select companies and encourage them to improve their ESG practices
  • Eligible under most plans (RRSP, TFSA, RRIF, LIRA, LIF) and non-registered accounts
  • Choice of 3 guarantees to protect your savings or your estate

Learn more about guaranteed investment fund portfolios under the RI Helios2 Contract

Responsible annuities

Get a responsible annuity and receive a regular income for a set period of time or until death.

  • Responsible investment approach in managing premiums that we're entrusted with
  • Annuity can be combined with a registered retirement income fund (RRIF) or a life income fund (LIF)
  • Fixed return for the duration of the payment period
  • Index option where retirement income can be adjusted annually

Learn more about responsible annuities

Environmental, social and governance criteria

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria bring together a set of issues to which companies are potentially exposed.

We favour companies that respect the environment through concrete and durable policies and measures.

These include policies that:

  • Fight against climate change
  • Protect forests and biodiversity
  • Reduce greenhouse gases

We favour companies that are involved in their communities and treat all their workers fairly.

These include companies that:

  • Respect and protect the rights of children
  • Respect the rights of workers
  • Provide healthcare, food security and education

We select companies that have healthy management practices.

These practices might include:

  • Diversity on boards of directors
  • Fair compensation for management (incentives and bonuses)

4 reasons to choose responsible investment

Return potentials that are just as good

In the long run, the return potentials of RI are just as good, and sometimes better, than those of traditional investments. You can invest without sacrificing returns while staying true to your values.

Better risk management

Companies that value ESG criteria are better equipped to manage risk, which potentially increases returns.

Carefully selected companies

We assess the ESG practices and financial health of each company. SocieTerra products exclude companies that specialize in fossil fuels as well as those who operate in the arms, nuclear energy and tobacco industries.

Shareholder engagement

We engage in an ongoing dialogue with the companies we select to ensure they are upholding their commitment. We also encourage them to improve their ESG practices. We vote at shareholder assemblies and submit shareholder proposals when appropriate.

Learn more about RI at Desjardins

Products that create a real positive impact

Choosing to invest in one of our responsible investment products allows selected companies to make positive impacts on the community and environment.

For example, based on an estimated investment of CAN$10 million in 2020, companies that Desjardins SocieTerra Positive Change Fund invested in contributed to:

555 fewer metric tons of CO2e emitted, equal to 134 cars during 1 year

6.3 million fewer litres of water used, equal to the water consumption of 52 Canadians during 1 year

Disease prevention for nearly 4,799 people

Learn more about the positive impacts of SocieTerra products

See the Desjardins Funds Annual Report on Responsible Investment

Contact us

By phone

We can help you choose an investment fund or portfolio tailored to your profile and goals.

Montreal area:

514-224-7737 (514-CAISSES)

Elsewhere in Canada and the US:

1-800-224-7737 (1-800-CAISSES)

We also suggest

  1. Whelan, Tensie et al. ESG and Financial Performance: Uncovering the Relationship by Aggregating Evidence from 1,000 Plus Studies Published between 2015-2020. NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business and Rockefeller Asset Management, 2021.
  2. See the Responsible Investment Policy for more information.
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  4. Does not apply to market-linked guaranteed investments responsible options
  5. Baillie Gifford Overseas Limited. Contributions are based on the full-year impact of portfolio holdings as at December 31, 2020. For those holdings that have been in the portfolio for less than the full year, no attempt has been made to pro-rate the contribution. However, as we have a long time horizon and aim to invest in our holdings for 5-10 years or longer, portfolio turnover will be low. Headline Impact Data, while providing an indication of the impact of the portfolio, is vulnerable to inconsistencies. This may be due to underlying assumptions. How companies measure and report is not always uniform and, in some cases, requires conversion to allow for aggregation across the portfolio. Where information is not available, we do not include a company's contribution within the Headline Impact Data snapshot. In time, we hope to be able to encourage companies to increase their reporting. Data for CO2e saved is based on company reporting which is either in CO2 or CO2e; the aggregate data is presented as CO2e as this is the most conservative approach. Data related to healthcare, prevention and disease expenses are up to date, covering multiple years.
  6. Learn more about calculating the CO2 emissions of a car with annual kilometrage of 20,000 km by viewing the 2021 Fuel Consumption Guide.
  7. Learn more about the average water consumption in Canadian households by reading this McGill University article.