A matter of principles and commitment
Responsible investment is a growing concern among investors. Optimum Asset Management understands—it has been a core part of our business for many years. Moreover, our firm has been a signatory of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) since 2012.
Among other things, this commitment has led us to pay close attention to the environmental, social and governance risk factors (ESG factors) set by the United Nations, when choosing our securities.
The same year, our Board of Directors also adopted a voting rights policy which included the UNPRI (French only). As a result, our firm encourages issuers to adopt management best practices to maximize long-term profitability.
Optimum Asset Management, its managers and its employees follow the strictest ethical standards in the course of their work. These standards include responsible investment and sustainable development.
For more information on the UNPRI, visit the organization’s website at www.unpri.org.
Our active use of ESG factors
Optimum Asset Management uses three current practices associated with ESG factors to ensure that its strategies are always in line with responsible investing.
Integration of ESG factors in our management services
We work closely with the Groupe Investissement Responsable for this purpose. This firm is a Canadian leader in the management of proxy voting rights and ESG research.
Optimization of our technological tools with ESG factors
Our technology is designed to leverage ESG factors in our quantitative analyses, allowing our management strategies to adhere to responsible investment principles.
Value added security selection based on ESG factors
We target companies whose responsible practices have a positive social and environmental impact, which in turn has a beneficial effect on their results and value of their securities.
Choosing an Optimum strategy is a sure way to combine responsible investment with returns.
Three Quality Standards
Optimum Asset Management only chooses securities that meet the three following standards relating to quality: Standard & Poor’s credit rating, ESG factors and Altman Z-score. The latter is based on profitability, leverage, liquidity, solvency and business activities.
We only choose securities with an S&P credit rating of BBB or higher.
We only invest in securities from issuers with environmental, social and good governance values.
We only choose corporate securities with an Altman Z-score of 3.0 or higher.