Investing Responsibly

As a long-term and active investor, Power Corporation believes that value can be best achieved when environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations are integrated into our investment process.

As part of our active ownership approach, we recognize that the effective management of ESG factors can have a positive impact on the Corporation’s profitability, long-term performance and ability to create value in a sustainable manner.

We view responsible investing as a means to mitigate potential risks and identify valuable investment opportunities. Responsible investing ensures we invest in quality companies that have sustainable franchises and attractive growth prospects, and that are managed in a responsible manner.

ESG Factors We Consider:
  • Ethics and Integrity

  • Robust Corporate Governance Framework and Practices

  • Anti-Corruption and Anti-Bribery

  • Board Diversity

  • Resource Management

  • Sustainable Materials

  • Climate Change

  • Supply Management

  • Biodiversity and Conservation

  • Community Well-Being

  • Health and Safety

  • Diversity and Inclusion

  • Human Rights

  • Labour Relations

2015 Achievement

  • Continued to engage with our group of companies and investments on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues through our active ownership approach.

Highlights from our Group Companies


Many of our group companies are signatories to the Principles for Responsible Investment, including Great-West Lifeco subsidiaries GLC Asset Management Group, Putnam Investments and Irish Life Investment Managers, and IGM Financial subsidiaries Investors Group and Mackenzie Investments, integrating ESG factors into their investment processes.

Sagard Europe, Sagard Capital and Sagard China, Power Corporation’s equity investment funds, have formalized their commitment to incorporate ESG considerations into their investment analysis process through their respective CSR Statements.


IGM Financial analyzes the risk of each investment with a focus on identifying, monitoring and mitigating ESG risks and opportunities that are, or could become, material to long-term performance.  

Irish Life Investment Managers has appointed a dedicated ESG resource to oversee its responsibilities with respect to responsible investing. They have also established an ESG Governance committee responsible for reviewing and monitoring adherence to the company’s ESG Policy. The company works with external experts to analyze its fund companies to identify those with the highest exposure to sustainability risks, and analyze responses to determine whether ESG failings are being addressed.


IGM Financial’s approach to active management of its investments includes engagement with company management as well as proxy voting, which are important value-added practices within their investment processes. 

Irish Life Investment Managers monitors company boards for their performance on ESG issues.

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