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Minnesota philanthropy innovates again: why not invest at home and encourage other foundations and investors to do the same? The foundations who joined together to create the Minnesota Impact Investing Initiative are inspiring others to invest in a competitive financial return and positive social impact across 18 counties.

Our approach to climate change solutions

The impacts of climate change are systemic, unprecedented and already apparent. Extreme changes in weather patterns will have an effect on all of us, but underserved and lower-income populations will be affected disproportionately. While some of the effects of climate change are obvious, such as crop viability and general livability, others are more subtle, such as the potential impact on insurance, property risk, and real estate trends. Some of these changes are highly undesirable and may lead to forced migration and social unrest. Unless significant changes are made, we will likely need to prepare for these challenges and possibly more. 

Impact investing for climate change solutions offers investors the ability to pursue competitive financial returns while also supporting environmental sustainability and the preservation of our planet’s natural resources. 

Measurement of the positive and negative impacts of any investment is critical to understanding its actual environmental footprint. Passive fixed income strategies tend to be carbon-heavy – but carbon negative investment strategies are possible, as demonstrated by this comparison of a $1M investment in the RBC Impact Bond Strategy versus a $1M investment in the general fixed income market: 

We seek to mitigate risk and invest in high impact climate solutions to create resilient portfolios over the long term. To do this, we invest in projects that promote:

  • renewable energy

  • clean air and water

  • land preservation

  • efficient resource use

  • environmental remediation projects

These investments can be guided by focusing on a subset of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, a global agenda to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all by the year 2030.

 

Impact Measurement is Key

Climate Focused Sustainable Development Goals

As of 3.31.20 
Source: RBC GAM US. Comparison of the carbon footprint for the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index vs. Impact Bond, per $1M invested. The comparison is based on the representative account, which is the account in the composite that most closely reflects the current portfolio management style for this strategy. Impact is measured using the investment team’s proprietary impact measurement methodology. For more information on the impact measurement methodology, please contact us at https://us.rbcgam.com/contact-us/form/default.fs The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index is an unmanaged index that measures the performance of U.S. investment-grade fixed income securities. An investor may not invest directly in this index. 

 

Granular measurement of our environmental footprint 

Carbon negative 

Intentional investment in sustainability