What is ESG?

ESG stands for environmental, social and governance. By choosing investments that incorporate ESG factors, you can invest in companies that have been assessed for impacts on society and the environment, as well as how they are governed and carry out their missions. ESG factors may include, but are not limited to:


Factors can include climate change, water and wastewater management, and biodiversity.


Factors can include how a company treats its employees, customers and the communities that it operates in.


Factors can include areas such as executive pay, board diversity and board independence.

4 Convenient Ways to Invest with RBC

Get a Low-Cost, Professionally Managed Portfolio of ESG ETFs

RBC InvestEase

Align responsible investing and performance needs with a professionally-built Responsible Investing Portfolio—and a team to manage it for you.

  • Answer some simple questions online to get matched to a low-cost portfolio of high-quality exchange-traded funds (ETFs)
  • Our Responsible Investing portfolios prioritize investing in companies that perform well on ESG measures1
  • Sit back and relax while our pros pick, buy and manage the investments in your Responsible Investing portfolio for you
  • Track your progress online anytime and speak to a Portfolio Advisor if you have questions or need advice
Buy an RBC ESG Market-Linked GIC

RBC Royal Bank

Enjoy principal protection, plus a higher return potential based on the performance of global companies compared to that offered by a traditional fixed-rate GIC.

  • Guarantees 100% safety of your initial investment
  • Linked to stock market performance, offering a higher return potential than traditional GICs
  • Tracks a globally diversified index of companies that exhibit positive ESG factors
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Buy RBC Vision FundsTM

RBC Royal Bank2

Take advantage of a family of mutual funds that invest primarily in the securities of issuers that meet a defined set of ESG-related criteria.

  • See how you could benefit from investment management from RBC Global Asset Management (RBC GAM)—one of Canada’s largest mutual fund providers3.
  • Through responsible investment, RBC GAM is better equipped to enhance the long-term, risk-adjusted performance of our portfolios.
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Research, Pick and Buy Your Own Investments

RBC Direct Investing

Use in-depth research and powerful screeners to find and buy investments that align with your values.

  • Call your own shots using the RBC Mobile app4, online investing site or the customizable trading dashboard
  • Hold stocks, bonds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and more in your accounts
  • Make informed investment decisions when it counts with free real-time streaming quotes5 for stocks and ETFs