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Responsible investment policy

Approval date: August 17, 2023


This document formalizes the incorporation of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors into theMD Financial Management investment process. As part of our responsibility to act in the best interests of our unitholders,the consideration of ESG factors in the investment process is a component of delivering superior long-term investmentperformance for our clients.


This Policy applies to certain funds managed by MD Financial Management Inc.(“MDFM”) that indicate in their investment strategies that they consider ESG factors.


To formally reflect our commitment to responsible investing, MD Financial Management became a signatory to the United Nations supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in 2018. As a signatory, we have committed to six voluntary principles defined by global institutional investors and the United Nations:

  • Principle 1: We will incorporate ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes.
  • Principle 2: We will be active owners and incorporate ESG issues into our ownership policies and practices.
  • Principle 3: We will seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the entities in which we invest.
  • Principle 4: We will promote acceptance and implementation of the Principles within the investment industry.
  • Principle 5: We will work together to enhance our effectiveness in implementing the Principles.
  • Principle 6: We will each report on our activities and progress towards implementing the Principles.


Responsible investing: Responsible investing is defined as an approach to investing that incorporates environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment decisions.

Environmental factors: Refers to issues impacting the natural environment, including climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, resource depletion and water scarcity, waste and pollution, biodiversity and deforestation.

Social factors: Refers to issues centered around people and can include; working conditions (including slavery and child labour), local communities (including indigenous communities), conflict, health and safety, employee relations and diversity.

Governance factors: Refers to issues regarding how companies are managed and governed, including: executive pay, bribery and corruption, political lobbying and donations, board diversity and structure, and tax strategy.


MDFM has appointed 1832 Asset Management L.P. (“1832”) as the Portfolio Manager of the MDFM investment funds and MDPIM pools (collectively the “Funds”).  Responsibility for incorporating ESG factors into the investment process resides with the 1832 Multi-Asset Management team. We believe ESG factors can have an impact on the long-term performance of investments and the Portfolio Manager takes ESG factors into consideration when assessing the risk/reward merits of investments.

A component of the Portfolio Manager’s investment process for the Funds is active management where we encourage direct and indirect engagement with our sub-advisors and the companies, we make decisions to invest in. The Portfolio Manager utilizes ESG assessment tools to deepen the understanding of ESG exposures for each investment. We support active engagement as it facilitates better-informed investment decisions, while also allowing the investment team to communicate views and concerns to sub-advisors and entities.

Proxy voting is an important part of MD Financial Management’s fiduciary duty to clients, and an important part of the investment process. MD Financial Management has formal proxy voting guidelines, and all proxies are voted in a manner consistent with the best interests of our clients.

At the firm level, the Portfolio Manager’s risk oversight process reviews ESG factors for the funds that that indicate in their investment strategies that they consider ESG factors, however investments are not generally excluded based on ESG factors alone, with the exception of investment in companies that manufacture tobacco or tobacco related products or whose primary business is cannabis or cannabis related products.

MD Financial Management Inc. wholly owns or has a majority interest in its seven subsidiaries (the MD Group of Companies). It provides financial products and services,is the fund manager for the MD Family of Funds and offers investment counselling services. For a detailed list of the MD Group of Companies, visit md.ca.