The ‘S’ in ESG has come to the fore.
The one key takeaway in PERE’s 2018 sustainable investing report is that the private real estate sector is embracing a more ‘human-centric’ approach to ESG issues; one in which developers, owners and managers give emphasis to tenant engagement and well-being, and the industry recognizes its role in the creation of resilient urban communities.
Savvy investors are seeing this holistic view of sustainability as a way to unlock long-term value and keep a competitive edge in the market over the long term. After all, capitalizing real estate that people want to live, work and play in means there is less chance of asset obsolescence – positive for the bottom line.
The emphasis on social impact investing this year does not mean ‘green’ targets can be forgotten. This must remain a core focus in the years ahead, especially with the World Green Buildings Council expecting all property to be net-zero carbon by 2050. GRESB results for 2018 indicate good progress is being made toward that. But as ever, there is always more to do.
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