"Established 15 years ago, OPTrust's Responsible Investing program has evolved in sophistication, impact and reach, owing to the strong expertise of our investment teams and their steadfast approach to identifying and managing environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities. 2021 was a year of significant achievement for OPTrust. We strengthened our ESG capabilities, advanced inclusion, diversity and equity in our portfolios, invested in climate solutions and continued our climate strategy renewal, among other priorities."
President and Chief Executive Officer
"We believe investing responsibly is critical to the sustainability of our pension plan. Over the past year, we made significant progress building out our tools and capabilities to help embed ESG considerations in everything we do. Our program continues to grow and mature, and it is gratifying to see that our commitment to continuous improvement helps provide peace of mind for our members."
Chief Investment Officer
"When I joined OPTrust in 2019, I was inspired by the organization's commitment to keep the Plan sustainable for our members and their families. Over the past two years, it's been an honour to build on OPTrust's legacy of investing responsibly with my colleagues in the Sustainable Investing and Innovation team, the Investment Division and the broader organization. As this report suggests, it is a collaborative and rewarding experience and I'd like to thank every member of the team for their efforts and commitment."
Managing Director, Sustainable Investing and Innovation
OPTrust partnered with three other investors to develop the Geo – the first large multifamily residential building in Kingston to utilize a geothermal energy source, which will significantly lower its carbon footprint by decreasing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
As Australia and New Zealand's largest mass transit bus operator, Kinetic is investing in lower-emissions transportation and community engagement by establishing the first large-scale electric public bus service in the region and advancing diversity and inclusion within its organization and local communities.
"As the global economy shifts to more sustainable operations, we are keeping our focus on the future and the opportunity to contribute to the innovation that is necessary to enable the transition. The funds we are partnering with are on the front lines of the climate crisis – finding, and allocating capital to, companies whose innovations are playing leading roles in the low carbon transition, across diverse industries such as clean technology, transportation, agriculture and resource efficiency. These investments will contribute to the financial health of our fund while supporting sustainable prosperity for future generations."
Associate Portfolio Manager, Sustainable Investing and Innovation
Portfolio Manager, Sustainable Investing and Innovation