Toronto-based AGF Investments Inc. on Tuesday announced that it has become a signatory to to the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), which encompass six principles that are designed to encourage institutional investors to incorporate sustainability considerations into their investment processes, including asset allocation, stock selection, portfolio construction, shareholder engagement and voting.
AGF’s decision to join the PRI acknowledges the increasing relevance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues within the investment process, the company says in its announcement.
“As one of the pioneers in the development of sustainable investing, we are pleased to join this international network and integrate ESG issues into our investment analysis and stewardship practices across the firm,” says Kevin McCreadie, president and chief investment officer at AGF. “This reinforces our commitment to responsible investing and offers our clients a more sustainable approach.”
Separately, AGF Management Ltd., the parent company of AGF Investments, on Wednesday reported declines in assets under management (AUM), revenues and earnings for the fiscal year ended Nov. 30, 2015.
Total AUM finished the year at $33.6 billion, compared to $35.1 billion in 2014. Revenue from continuing operations declined to $449.6 million from $464.5 million in 2014, and net income (from continuing operations) dropped to $48.3 million from $59.1 million in 2014.
AGF also announced changes to its senior management team. Robert Bogart, executive vice president and CFO will assume a new role as executive vice president, head of corporate development. Adrian Basaraba, currently senior vice president, finance, will assume the role of chief financial officer. Both appointments are effective July