Research - APRIL 12, 2019

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Global survey affirms the importance of ESG factors in investment decision-making

by Jody Barhanovich

An ESG-focused survey of global real estate investors has affirmed a near consensus view of the importance of weighing ESG criteria as a factor in real estate investment decision making. The survey by Bentall Kennedy, Real Property Association of Canada (REALPAC) and the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), included investment managers representing more than $1 trillion in assets under management from North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Key findings from the survey include:

93 percent of investors, including fund and asset managers, include ESG criteria in real estate investment decisions, and 90 percent plan to further analyze ESG criteria over the next 12 months; 85 percent are highly or very highly motivated to use ESG criteria to lower risk; and 83 percent have experienced an increase in investor demand for sustainability disclosure.

With approximately one-third of global greenhouse gas emis

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