Why consider biodiversity in your investments?

The time to act is now

According to the World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 20231, biodiversity loss is one of the biggest threats facing humanity in the next 10 years.

Biodiversity refers to all the different kinds of life you can find on Earth or in a specific habitat. Deforestation, the loss of plant and animal diversity, and the spread of invasive species all put a strain on our natural heritage.

Considering biodiversity in your investments

In Canada, 74% of individual investors are concerned about biodiversity loss, and 68% say it's important for the companies in their portfolio to commit to preventing biodiversity loss2.

Financial institutions and investors have a key role to play in making sure that companies consider biodiversity and adopt best practices to protect the natural systems we depend on. There's no one way to factor biodiversity into your investments.

Whether by selecting investments mindfully or by encouraging dialogue with companies in the portfolio, there are many ways to reflect on biodiversity issues, including:

  • Considering deforestation in business activities and supply chains, especially for goods dependent on soybeans, palm oil, beef and wood
  • Reviewing approaches to soil protection in the agricultural sector
  • Looking at how real estate or infrastructure development projects may impact habitats

Desjardins is committed to considering biodiversity

In December 2022, Desjardins Global Asset Management Inc. and Desjardins Investments Inc. signed the Finance for Biodiversity Pledge - External link. This link will open in a new window. The goal is to take biodiversity restoration and protection into account in the management of our own investments and in the investment solutions available to our members and clients.

Ready to take action with the Sustainable lineup

The companies included in the Desjardins Sustainable lineup aim to respond to some of the challenges facing biodiversity.

The protection of forest habitats

Company: Tornator3

Tornator is a private company that owns forests. Its core business is forest management and silviculture on 0.72 million hectares of secondary forest in Europe. All Tornator forests are certified for sustainable management and are managed to maintain biodiversity.

The company has developed a series of sustainable forest management indicators to monitor the impact on biodiversity and climate. Tornator aims to preserve endangered species, increase carbon sequestration per zone and increase biomass production per hectare.

This company is part of:

Desjardins Sustainable Environmental Bond Fund

Forestry practices that take biodiversity into account

Company: Boise Cascade3

Boise Cascade manufactures and distributes materials for the residential and commercial construction industry. The company is committed to the principles of responsible forest management. More specifically, it works every year with a third party to assess whether its supply sources are a risk to biodiversity. When risks are identified, Boise Cascade participates in mitigation efforts as part of its certification program to promote education and awareness initiatives for forest operators, landowners and partners to continually improve biodiversity conservation.

This company is part of:

Desjardins Sustainable Global Bond Fund

Integratation of biodiversity into the business model

Company: WSP Global Inc.3

WSP Global Inc. is an international professional services consulting firm. It develops engineering solutions for buildings, water infrastructure, transportation and infrastructure. In 2022, the company issued a biodiversity statement committing to protect, restore and improve ecosystems. That means biodiversity is built in to its business model both for its own operations and the solutions it delivers to clients. WSP has committed to publishing an annual report on its progress and initiatives to protect biodiversity.

This company is part of:

Desjardins Sustainable Canadian Equity Fund

Desjardins Sustainable Canadian Equity Income Fund

This information should not be construed as a recommendation to buy or sell the securities, products or services referred to or as the sole basis for an investment decision.

  1. WEF_Global_Risks_Report_2023.pdf (weforum.org) - External link. This link will open in a new window.
  2. Sondage d’opinion des investisseurs de l’AIR 2022 - Responsible Investment Association (riacanada.ca) - External link. This link will open in a new window.
  3. This company is in the fund’s portfolio as at December 31, 2022.

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