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Responsible Investing

Responsible Investing (RI) is an approach to investment that explicitly acknowledges the potential relevance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors to the sustainability of investment performance and to the health and stability of the market as a whole.

For OPTrust, the purpose of responsible investing lies in the recognition that ESG factors can impact investment risk and return. We seek to identify, assess and manage ESG factors in a manner that supports both our mission to deliver sustainable pension security and our fiduciary duty to our members.

The context for OPTrust’s responsible investing program is set out in three policies approved by the Board of Trustees; the Statement of Investment Policies and Procedures (SIP&P), Statement of Responsible Investing Principles (SRIP), and Proxy Voting Guidelines.

 

Responsible Investing Report


2016 Responsible Investing Report

OPTrust is committed to reporting to our members, sponsors and other key stakeholders on our responsible investing program. Our first Responsible Investing Report was published in 2014 and this year’s report highlights the achievements we have made in 2016.

Reports for Prior Years
2015

 

Climate Change: Delivering on Disclosure

 

As a responsible steward of our members' capital, OPTrust has been working to expand our understanding and spark innovative thinking on the issue of climate change. Climate Change: Delivering on Disclosure details the fund's approach to navigating the complexities of climate change with respect to institutional investing and includes a call for collaboration in the development of standardized measures for carbon disclosure.

 

Proxy Voting


As a long-term investor, OPTrust believes that good governance practices support stronger long-term performance and enhance shareholder value. We actively exercise our voting rights for public securities held within our portfolios according to OPTrust’s Proxy Voting Guidelines. The Guidelines include our expectations for; the composition of the board, executive compensation, shareholder rights, and the disclosure of environmental and social information. In addition, our Statement on Proxy Access outlines our position on the importance of shareholder engagement on all governance issues including the director nomination process.

Please contact OPTrust at proxyvotes@optrust.com with any questions or comments about the guidelines or for information on a specific vote.