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- July 1, 2018: Vol. 30, Number 7

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The ESG-ranked universe: A new index to measure ESG for global real estate securities

by Jana Sehnalova

One of the most important themes in global real estate investing of late has been the focus on sustainability — or environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. Although most managers have developed talking points about ESG factors in global real estate, few have attempted to develop a quantitative methodology to assess and rank companies according to their ESG behavior. The works of GRESB — which launched as the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark — are considered to be the market standard today, and when the investment audience refers to sustainability, GRESB is often mentioned as the benchmark. Although the GRESB standard is of importance in the global real estate space, GRESB’s assessment is “on demand” and predominantly focuses on the environmental factor. The combined efforts at Groupe La Francaise via its two subsidiaries, Inflection Point by La Francaise and La Francaise Forum Securities, build upon GRESB’s approach and take it a step further. All

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