Vision and Mission
Our vision is to be a leader in sustainable investing, to better protect and generate superior value for our members over the long term.
Sustainable Investing Policy
As OMERS searches the globe for investments that generate long-term, stable returns, we actively assess each opportunity.
ESG at OMERS
OMERS believes that well-run organizations with sound Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices will perform better.
We play a role in supporting accelerators of change and are partnering with our portfolio, as well as finding new opportunities, to grow sustainably.
Read about how OMERS portfolio is leading on ESG.
Read answers to some frequently asked questions about OMERS approach to sustainable investing.
Read a letter from our CIO
The world is changing and so is our role as an investor. To protect our members’ retirement, we have a duty to think long into the future and find and grow responsible and sustainable businesses and services, while investing in the highest quality assets around the globe...
Meet Katharine Preston, Vice President of Sustainable Investing
Katharine Preston joined OMERS in August, 2019 as Vice President, Sustainable Investing. In this role, she assists OMERS with evolving its sustainable investing practices and liaises with OMERS investment, risk and communications teams on matters such as ESG integration, climate risk, and stakeholder communications and reporting...
Our Journey to a Net-Zero Portfolio
OMERS commits to Net Zero 2050 emissions goal, building on its Sustainable Investing program
OMERS continues to advance its Sustainable Investing efforts by announcing its commitment to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across its total portfolio by 2050.
OMERS calls on companies and investors to help create a more sustainable future
OMERS joins Canada’s leading pension plan investment managers calling on companies and investors to provide consistent and complete ESG information to strengthen investment decision-making.
OMERS Board Director Yung Wu appointed to Canada's Net-Zero Advisory Body
OMERS Board Director and CEO of MaRS Discovery District, Yung Wu is appointed to an independent group of 14 experts from across the country, who will provide the Government of Canada with advice on the best pathways to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.
Investing for the future: OMERS portfolio
Here are examples of how OMERS portfolio is leading on ESG:
OMERS collaborates with diverse partners to create a more powerful voice and influence on sustainable investing practices. We regularly work with other organizations to advocate for better performance, management and disclosure across ESG factors. Here are a few examples of the organizations we’re involved with:
Investment Five Blocks
Frequently Asked Questions
Sustainable investing, sometimes referred to as ESG investing, integrates environmental, social and governance factors into investment decisions. Sustainable investing is based on the belief that companies’ efforts to address environmental risk, foster positive relationships with stakeholders and implement effective governance structures that promote responsible business practices are key determinants of long-term performance.
At OMERS, our core mission is to deliver secure and sustainable pensions to our members. We believe that well-run organizations with sound ESG practices will perform better, particularly over the long term, and that investing in these companies is consistent with our fiduciary duty.
Our approach to sustainable investing is grounded in four overarching strategies: (1) integrating ESG factors into our investment decision-making processes, (2) actively engaging with our portfolio companies to promote sustainable business practices (3) collaborating with like-minded institutions to exchange information, evolve sustainability practices and advocate for better transparency, and (4) continually adapting our approach to ensure it remains relevant and effective over time.
Our Sustainable Investing Policy can be found .
We believe the world is transitioning to a lower-carbon economy, the pace and scope of the change will largely be determined by government policies, innovation and technological disruption/adoption. As long-term investors, we see significant opportunities to invest in clean energy and our portfolio is shifting to reflect this.
While OMERS continues to carefully and selectively invest in traditional energy assets as part of a balanced and diverse energy portfolio, clean energy is a significant and growing part of our strategy. Our commitment to clean energy is reflected throughout our portfolio, including through the achievements of our real estate arm, Oxford Properties which is ranked in the top 3% globally for sustainability and through our investments in Environmental Resource Management (ERM), Bruce Power, Arctern and Leeward Renewable Energy.
We believe that as the world transitions to a lower-carbon economy, there is a vital role for responsible, long-term investors such as OMERS to provide leadership on the cleaner and safer production and transportation of traditional energy. Today, we believe that traditional energy assets still form part of a balanced and diverse energy portfolio, and that to divest completely from traditional energy would mean that we lose our voice, and influence, in a very significant portion of the energy market. We use our influence as investors to help ensure that the traditional energy companies we have ownership positions in adopt a proactive approach to creating long-term, effective, relevant and transparent ESG strategies.
Any industry or sector exclusions are determined based on a set of criteria approved by our Senior Executive Team that consider risks posed by ESG factors, as well as OMERS fiduciary duty.
We believe that investments in companies engaged in the following activities meet those criteria, and therefore do not meet our risk-return requirements:
civilian firearms manufacturers;
cluster munitions and anti-personnel landmines manufacturers; and
tobacco producers and manufacturers.