Our industry is engaged in an important dialogue to improve sustainability through ESG transparency and industry collaboration. This article is a contribution to this larger conversation and does not necessarily reflect GRESB’s position. Please refer to official GRESB documents for assessment related guidance.
In just a few years, ESG investing, also known as sustainable or responsible investing, has moved from a slightly idealistic niche to front-page, a mainstream dimension for investors, one that strongly influences the performance and resilience of their investment over time.
This is particularly the case in infrastructure, in view of its wide-reaching and long-term consequences for the community. In many cases, private investors, through marketplace and industry-led initiatives, have pioneered evolutions and set the path by preceding regulatory requirements from public authorities. Many corporates, investors, and operators have embarked on communicating their values and sharing their approaches on the subject to both shareholders and stakeholders. The Long-Term Infrastructure Investors Association (LTIIA) has devoted a new, enriched edition of its ESG Handbook for Institutional Investors to take into account the latest developments in this sphere.
What sets aside this report from other compendiums is the rich variety of examples and illustrations drawn from LTIIA’s members’ collective experience, reflecting upon their specific challenges, management practices, and the proprietary methodologies they developed to manage and address them. It shows the appetite and inventiveness at play when it comes to developing bottom-up solutions. It also makes a point towards the need to further consolidate and streamline tools and standards so as to be able to refer to commonly accepted market practices.
The timing could not be more appropriate as the current Covid-19 crisis reveals the weaknesses and lack of resilience of many economic models. View the full handbook below.