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VIP Infrastructure in Toronto: Investors, consultants and managers ‘peel back the onion’ and ask tough questions about infrastructure investing

by Drew Campbell

IREI’s VIP Infrastructure conference (formerly i3) reached its 12th year in operation in June in Toronto. In VIP Infrastructure’s early days, many institutional investors — particularly in the United States — were new to infrastructure, and much of the discussion and presentations at the conference were generalized, theoretical and not too specific. Investors would describe their interest using terms such as “educational,” “getting their feet wet” and “information gathering,” and while some of those still apply, what was clearly different at the 2019 event was a focus on the specific and the concrete — everyone is on board with ESG principles, for example, but how are actions based on these principles monitored and reported at a construction site or a power plant, and what is their impact on company and asset performance?

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A conversation with CalSTRS’ Christopher Ailman on ESG: with Loretta Clodfelter

by Loretta Clodfelter

Climate change has added urgency to investors’ efforts regarding environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. The $230 billion California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) has been at the forefront of addressing such issues, adopting an investment policy to mitigate ESG risks in 2008. Recently, Christopher Ailman, CIO of CalSTRS, spoke with Loretta Clodfelter, editor of Institutional Real Estate Americas, about the system’s sustainability endeavors. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

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