Sustainable investment at Kaleido

Since 1964, Kaleido has focused on education savings to ensure a bright future for our youth and help build tomorrow’s society. Kaleido operates with an eye to the future and believes it is important to invest in sustainable businesses and projects that create long-term value in society.

What is sustainable investment?

Sustainable investing means using our investments to make an active commitment to the protection of the environment, the welfare of individuals, and better management of the funds entrusted to us. In other words, it means choosing to invest with an eye not only to economic factors but also to broader criteria that have an impact on our environment and our societies. Sustainable investing is also known by other names, such as "responsible investing," "ethical investing" or "impact investing."

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How does Kaleido integrate responsible investment policies?

Responsible choices

All Kaleido’s assets are entrusted to managers who are signatories to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), an investor initiative supported by the United Nations. 

All the managers we work with have made a commitment under the PRI to consider ESG factors in their investment processes and to report annually on their ESG activities.

What are ESG factors?


ENVIRONMENTAL factors have to
do with a company’s behaviour with
respect to environmental protection
and conservation. Reduction of greenhouse
gasses (GHG), water management, waste
management policies, protection of
biodiversity, clean energy use and
reduction of waste are examples
of practices that meet environmental criteria.


SOCIAL factors deal with a company’s
social responsibility and the way
it manages relationships with its
employees, suppliers, customers,
and other stakeholders such as the
communities in which it operates. Ensuring
the well-being of employees, not negatively
impacting communities, maintaining
suitable working conditions, positive
relations with the community, customers,
and suppliers, non-exploitation of children
as well as respect and gender equity
in the workplace are examples of practices
that meet the social criteria.


GOVERNANCE factors have to
do with a company’s decisionmaking bodies
(board of directors, senior management),
executive compensation, and internal
controls. Anti-corruption measures,
cybersecurity measures, salary cap
for management and lobbying
management are examples of practices
that meet the governance criteria.

Proactive portfolio managers

It is crucial to us that all managers we do bu siness with be firmly committed to sustainable investment and apply best practices in this area. In addition to following the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), our managers provide better management of investment risks and opportunities for our clients while contributing to a sustainable future for our children.

What's more, at the 2022 Great Canadian ESG Championship, an event designed to highlight the responsible investment choices available to Canadians, two of our portfolio managers stood out from the crowd. AlphaFixe Capital won the fixed-income category, while Jarislowsky Fraser won the multi-asset category.

Is sustainable investment profitable?

Responsible investing doesn't mean sacrificing performance or returns - on the contrary! Based on what we know so far, responsible investing can generate a return that is equal to or even better than other traditional investments4.

RESPs that go beyond our Sustainable Investment Policy

Our line of IDEO+ individual registered education savings plans includes three scholarship plans designed to meet families' needs and preferences for responsible investing. All IDEO+ individual RESPs are invested in accordance with our Sustainable Investing Policy. Among them, the IDEO+ Responsible plan stands out by going beyond our Sustainable Investment Policy.

The plan incorporates impact investing principles aimed at generating more positive environmental and social impacts on two themes related to sustainable development: climate change and children's welfare and education. This enables parents to invest in a sustainable future for their children.

A look at some figures illustrating our commitment to responsible investment

All data are as at December 31, 2022.


of our fixed income portfolio assets are invested in green bonds.

2x more green bonds

in our fixed income portfolios versus the end of 20201.

99 tonnes CO2eq/M$

less carbon intensity2 for our portfolios relative to their benchmarks3.

What is carbon intensity?

This is the quantity of greenhouse gas emissions generated by a company and, by extension, by all the companies in an investment portfolio. A portfolio's carbon intensity is calculated by dividing the companies' CO2 emissions by their sales. It can be used to measure an entity's carbon footprint, making it a key indicator for assessing the environmental sustainability of a fund or investment.

What do we mean by "green bonds" and "sustainable bonds"?

Green bonds are debt securities issued to finance ecologically sustainable projects that have a positive impact on the environment (e.g. initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or promote renewable energy).

Sustainable bonds, on the other hand, are linked to projects targeting positive environmental and social benefits.

Green bonds and carbon intensity: impact on our RESPs

The chart below illustrates the proportion of green bonds and sustainable bonds in the various plans of our IDEO+ RESP line. As of September 30, 2023, for all three IDEO+ plans, 38% of bonds in the portfolio are "green" bonds, and 7% are sustainable bonds.

To learn more about Kaleido’s commitment to sustainable investment:

Consult our sustainable investment policy

Consult our 2023 sustainable investment report

Committed to sustainable investment

Kaleido is proud to be part of the financial industry’s movement towards sustainable investment as a member of Canada’s Responsible Investment Association (RIA).

Legal Notes

1. Growth based on value in Canadian dollars of assets invested in green bonds.

2. Carbon intensity measures a portfolio’s exposure to companies with high carbon emissions intensity. It is expressed in tonnes of CO2 emissions per million US dollars of revenue. It is the metric recommended by the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

3. Average unweighted carbon intensity based on data provided by each portfolio manager.

4. For more details, visit the Sustainable Investment Association website at