What is the plan's policy on ESG or responsible investing?
We are interested in offering something thoughtful on responsible investing, also known as ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance), as part of our plan. The plan's funds are managed by BlackRock, which manages more than $10 trillion US in assets and serves more than 35 million investors. BlackRock is committed to evaluating sustainability insights and data across all of its investment processes and focusing on its dedicated investment stewardship activities.
BlackRock is currently researching ESG options in Canada and is looking to evolve the target date fund portfolios in the near future. We will continue to work with BlackRock to explore opportunities to integrate more responsible investing components into the plan's investment program.
For more information on BlackRock’s approach to sustainable investing, you can check out the firm’s 2021 Stewardship Expectations, as well as BlackRock CEO Larry Fink's focus on sustainability in his annual letter to chief executives.