The “E” in environmental, social and governance, or ESG, gets the lion’s share of attention. Results can be measured and proven and targets struck. This has arguably led to the “S” and “G”, social and governance, being treated as backseat companions. Still, industry denizens know the “S” and “G” are also important, and whether for better or worse, investors, cities and governments are asking private enterprise to aspire to social goals and responsibilities.
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Asia Pacific has been the leading region through all economic downcycles over the past two decades, proving its economic resilience. It is set to continue this positive trajectory towards achieving robust economic gains in the next few years, with the region projected to contribute to almost 40 percent of global GDP by 2030.
When it comes to real estate, the ICT sector is the underlying driver of demand for data centres, and, based on current structural trends and the latest available data, this sector will continue to grow significantly in the coming years. Strong tenant demand forecasts for data centres comes from the vital role they play in a technology-driven world.
In many ways, addressing climate risks, and environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks more broadly, has become a mainstream concern for investors. ESG investment is accelerating, pushing investor demand for enhanced ESG-related disclosure and data. The broad scale of COVID-19–related health and economic impacts has expanded ESG into a “Main Street” issue with significant reputation risk for companies, including the real asset investment industry.
Each year, we hold two Editorial Advisory Board meetings in the Americas region, one in the European region, and one in the Asia Pacific region. The objective, always, is to create a one-to-one relationship between the publication sponsors in attendance and the representatives from our targeted readership of investors and their consultants.
Markets — and investors — have been reeling from a dizzying number of interest-rate hikes by central banks globally to tame inflation. In the United States, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) on 1 February raised rates for the eighth time in less than a year. But while interest-rate hikes may be coming to a welcomed end in the United States fairly soon, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) believes the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) should keep raising rates.