The Community Foundation of Ottawa is proud to be a leader among Canadian foundations in implementing a Responsible Investing (RI) strategy for its endowment. It is based on a philosophy of leveraging our investments to ensure they do more than just provide income for granting.

In November 2012, the Foundation became a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI), joining 1,130 other member firms from 50 countries around the world with total assets over $30 trillion.

UNPRI is a global association of asset owners and investment managers committed to investing responsibly. Together, they have developed a template of six Principles for Responsible Investing that emphasizes disclosure and transparency by corporations, and encourages investors to take a best-in-class approach rather than negative screening when selecting securities for investment.

The Community Foundation of Ottawa Investment Policy, which outlines how all funds in our endowment are to be invested, now incorporates the UNPRI principles and core investment beliefs on the first page.

Learn more about the Foundation’s Responsible Investing Strategy.