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Investing for a Sustainable Future: The Shifting Landscape for Canadian Investors || Part 1

April 4, 2024
Investing for a Sustainable Future: The Shifting Landscape for Canadian Investors

A Shift in Sustainability Disclosure

In the rapidly evolving landscape of sustainability, Canadian institutional investors are steering towards a new horizon. Recent reports indicate a pivotal shift from traditional sustainability metrics to a broader, more impactful approach. This transformation underscores the investors’ increasing concern for biodiversity and human capital, signaling a deeper understanding of sustainability’s multifaceted nature.

Investing for a Sustainable Future: The Shifting Landscape for Canadian Investors


Broadening the Scope Beyond Environmental Concerns

The focus among investors is expanding beyond mere environmental aspects to include social and governance elements, essential for driving long-term value. However, there’s a noticeable decline in the emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I), with a drop from 71% prioritization in December 2021 to 25% by the end of the next year.


Deloitte’s Findings on Sustainability Integration

Deloitte’s insights reveal an escalating trend of investors integrating sustainability into their investment strategies. An overwhelming majority now embed sustainability information into their fundamental analyses, a significant leap from just five years ago. However, the journey is fraught with challenges, notably the clarity, consistency, and reliability of sustainability data. Investors crave data they can trust, leaning heavily on in-house systems and audited disclosures to mitigate these challenges.


Challenges of Sustainability Data Reliability

The interplay between evolving investor expectations and the imperative for robust sustainability disclosures creates a dynamic landscape. Canadian institutional investors are at a crossroads, facing the dual mandate of driving sustainability impact while grappling with the complexities of emerging regulatory standards and data integrity issues.

So, how can investors navigate these complexities and build trust with stakeholders? Part 2 dives deep into the importance of transparency, accountability, and the growing influence of regulations like the SFDR and CSRD. Learn how these trends are shaping a more sustainable future through investment practices.

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