Integrated Asset Management Corp.

Integrated Asset Management Corp.

February 23, 2016 11:34 ET

Integrated Asset Management Corp. Becomes a Signatory to the United Nations - Supported Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI)

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 23, 2016) - Integrated Asset Management Corp. ("IAM") (TSX:IAM) today announced that it has become a signatory to the United Nations supported Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI).

The United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Initiative is an international network of investors working together to put the six Principles for Responsible Investment into practice. Its goal is to understand the implications of sustainability for investors and support signatories to incorporate these issues into their investment decision making and ownership practices.

Since its launch in 2006, the PRI has been instrumental in raising awareness about responsible investment among the global investment community, increasing the level of transparency around the activities and capabilities of its signatories and fostering collaboration between them, and supporting their engagements with companies and policymakers on ESG issues. Assets under management by PRI signatories now stands at more than US$59 trillion, up from US$4 trillion at the PRI's launch in 2006.

David Mather, Executive Vice President and Chair of IAM's ESG Committee said, "Strong risk management has long been an integral part of the investment management process for our real estate and private debt groups. We believe ESG factors contribute to the risk in an investment and that effective management of ESG considerations is critical.

As an institutional investment manager, IAM takes a long-term perspective in our duty to act in the best interests of our clients. In this fiduciary capacity, we believe that ESG factors must be considered and integrated in the investment decision making process.

Our goal remains to seek superior risk-adjusted returns for our clients in a manner that respects our fiduciary obligations and the evolving objectives of our clients.

We believe that consideration of ESG factors is an important element in determining whether a potential investment, be it a loan, a property or an equity stake in a business, is attractive or not. It is our conviction that businesses that manage ESG factors effectively will create more value over the long term.

Investing in businesses that work actively to reduce or mitigate environmental, social and governance risks, or encouraging businesses in which we invest to do more in terms of ESG, may help reduce the risk of negative surprises and increase the long-term quality of our debt and real estate portfolios."

IAM is one of Canada's leading alternative asset management companies with approximately $2.4 billion in assets and committed capital under management in real estate, private debt and managed futures as of February 4, 2016.

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