More and more investors are integrating ESG risks into their investment process. Given the large size and specialized nature of real estate assets, the investment community has demanded sophisticated tools to more accurately identify real estate companies that own more sustainable properties and integrate this information seamlessly into their investment process.
S&P Dow Jones Indices has collaborated with GRESB, a leader in evaluating ESG characteristics of real estate companies, to create the Dow Jones Green Real Estate Indices. The indices, which utilize data from GRESB, are designed to be representative of the investment characteristics of conventional real estate benchmarks, but with an improved sustainability profile.
Michael Orzano, CFA Senior Director Global Equity Indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices and Sander Paul van Tongeren, Co-founder and Managing Director at GRESB discuss how to assess the sustainability performance of real estate companies.