Responsible Investing

Responsible Investing Spectrum

Responsible investing is a spectrum—and there are no universally accepted classifications. The spectrum and definitions will continue to evolve as new solutions and innovations enter the investment industry. Currently, we have classified established investment approaches into the categories below.

Investment approach Screening ESG integration Sustainability-focused Impact-first Philanthropy


Actively eliminate or select investments according to specific ethical values Mitigate risky ESG practices in order to protect value Address specific societal challenges that generate competitive returns Measure progress against specific environmental and social goals Measure progress against specific environmental and social goals without striving for returns

Primary objective is delivering competitive returns

Goal of social and/or environmental impact          

Our approach to responsible investing

ESG integration

As a manager of managers, we believe that ESG considerations need to be integrated into each individual investment process to effectively support overall value generation and risk management.

Learn about our approach

Sustainability-focused solution

A large proportion of sustainable opportunities are for the provision of clean water, energy and food; discover Sun Life KBI Sustainable Infrastructure—a strategy focused on capitalizing on these opportunities.

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Principles of responsible investing (PRI)

We are a signatory to the PRI as an asset manager, and as such we are bound to the six core principles for responsible investment:

Incorporate ESG factors into our investment analysis and decision-making processes.

Be active owners and incorporate ESG issues into our ownership policies and practices.

Seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues from the sub-advisors as well as corporations in which we invest.

Promote acceptance and implementation of the Principles across the industry.

Work together to enhance our effectiveness in implementing the Principles.

Report on our activities and progress towards implementing the Principles.

On Target Thematic interviews with leaders from across the organization

The ES&G of ESG

An interview with Anne Meloche, Head of Institutional Business, on the increased focus on sustainability and ESG investing.

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Pursuing sustainability: a continual evolution

An interview with Adelina Romanelli, Director, Responsible Investing, on our approach to responsible investing.

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Featured articles & Events

Divestment or engagement?

We believe engagement is the key to influencing real change—and to future investment success.

Learn why

An ESG lens to oversight

Adelina Romanelli, Director, Responsible Investing, discusses how to assess a fund manager’s commitment to ESG.

Learn how

Sustainable infrastructure

There are so many sustainable investing opportunities in global infrastructure.

Find out why

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