Responsible investing

An office building by a lake.
Freemans Reach, Durham. In 2015, this was rated the first A+ carbon positive asset in our portfolio.

Our approach makes us different

Our commitment to responsible investing is driven by the recognition that real assets have a significant impact on society and its ecosystem.

We’re highly conscious of our responsibility to go over and above the industry norm and we put Environmental and Social Governance (ESG) at the heart of our investment decision making.

We believe corporate and social responsibility should be integrated into the ‘lifeblood’ of companies affecting everything they do and every relationship they have whether with customers, suppliers, governments or the whole of society.

Stakeholder engagement

Stakeholder engagement is one of the key foundations on which our approach to responsible investment is based. Our stakeholders and clients expect us to integrate sustainability into our investment considerations.

Industry leadership

We are actively involved in numerous industry groups to ensure that we participate in industry-leading research standards and help to innovate new technologies and techniques. We respond to government consultations and encourage our investors and supply chain to consider how to go further on sustainability.

Social value

Creating social value is very important to us. We have a responsibility to ensure that our investors’ capital makes a positive impact and not only produces economic returns, but also does so in a way that has a net environmental and social benefit.

GRESB

The Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) is now one of the most prominent measures in the property sector for assessing sustainability performance, at fund level.  In 2016 (based on 2015 performance) we retained Green Stars for all 11 eligible funds as well as four European Leader awards.

Launch of the Social Value Research Report. 12 October 2016, London video

In partnership with the BCO (British Councils for Offices) and the Social Value Portal, we hosted the launch event for the Measuring Social Value of Offices Report. Click here to watch our event with Guy Battle and Debbie Hobbs.