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An increasing number of advisors are obtaining designations related to responsible investment, according to the Responsible Investment Association (RIA).

The RIA offers a number of such certifications, and says that 850 financial professionals have either earned one of its RI designation or are queued up to earn one.

“Investors are increasingly conscious about the impacts of their investment decisions, and they want their advisors to be knowledgeable about how ESG risks could affect their portfolios,” Dustyn Lanz, RIA CEO, said in a statement. “Responsible investment is not a trend; it’s a paradigm shift.”

Desjardins and Vancouver City Savings Credit Union (Vancity) have enrolled 500 and 100 representatives, respectively, in the RIA’s responsible investment specialist program, the RIA said.