- June 1, 2019: Vol. 31, Number 6

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Real estate investors agree on importance of ESG

by Loretta Clodfelter

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

Anna Murray, vice president sustainability and EHS at Bentall Kennedy (Canada) Limited Partnership, says the organizations launched a survey of real estate investors and fund and asset managers about ESG factors “to better understand how the attitudes, strategies, and practices of real estate investors and fund and asset managers are incorporating environmental, social and governance criteria, and the degree to which they may need to strengthen their commitments so that the

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