Aug. 24, 2016

Jarislowsky Fraser joins RIA

TORONTO, August 24, 2016 – Jarislowsky, Fraser Limited and the Responsible Investment Association (RIA) are pleased to announce that Jarislowsky Fraser has become an Associate Member of the RIA.

“We are very pleased to welcome Jarislowsky Fraser as an Associate Member of the Responsible Investment Association,” said Deb Abbey, CEO of the RIA. “Jarislowsky Fraser has demonstrated leadership on ESG integration and shareholder engagement, and we look forward to working with them to advance the practice of responsible investing in Canada.”

The RIA is a membership-based organization committed to advancing Canada’s responsible investment industry. RIA Members believe that the integration of ESG factors into the selection and management of investments can provide superior risk adjusted returns and positive societal impact.

“Jarislowsky Fraser is pleased to join the RIA as part of our ongoing effort in advancing the integration and disclosure of ESG factors for the benefit of all investors,” said G. Pierre Lapointe, President of Jarislowsky Fraser. “As a known advocate of good governance, our firm considers ESG factors highly important in assessing the quality and long-term sustainability of the companies we invest in. Through collaborations with like-minded groups, like the RIA, we contribute to the collective strength of the movement toward more responsible investing,” he said.    

About Jarislowsky, Fraser Limited
Jarislowsky, Fraser Limited is an independent investment management firm. Founded in 1955 as a research boutique, Jarislowsky Fraser today manages the portfolios of pension funds, foundations and endowments, Indigenous Peoples, corporations and individuals in Canada, the United States and internationally — representing more than $35 billion in assets under management. Its investment philosophy and low-risk approach are built on a foundation of time-tested conservative principles and more than 60 years of fundamental research.  Jarislowsky Fraser’s history and culture are rooted in investment stewardship, which is expressed through an adherence to high-quality investing, a long-term investment horizon and the advancement of good governance and sustainable investing. 

About the Responsible Investment Association
The Responsible Investment Association (RIA) is Canada’s membership association for responsible investment (RI). RI refers to the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into the selection and management of investments. We are a national, membership-based organization composed of financial institutions, mutual fund companies, asset management firms, financial advisors, ESG research firms, and various organizations and individuals who practice and support responsible investing. The RIA and its members strongly believe that RI is a valuable investment tool to enhance returns, reduce risk, and catalyze positive societal change.

Dustyn Lanz, Director of Communications and Member Affairs, RIA, (416)461-6042 x3
Quyn Pham, Director of Marketing & Communications, Jarislowsky, Fraser Limited, (514)842-2727

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