On 28 August, INREV filed a response in the ESA consultation on regulatory technical standards related to ESG disclosures pursuant to the Sustainable Finance Disclosures Regulation. The response developed by INREV ESG and Reporting Committees supports ESG disclosures that are workable for the real estate investment industry.
The INREV Due Diligence Questionnaire (DDQ) assists investors and consultants in the due diligence process to understand a fund manager’s structure, strategy and non-listed real estate business. It also gives insight in a specific vehicle’s strategy, risk processes, management, terms and projected performance. With it, investors can determine, in principle, whether a proposal fits their investment objectives.
DDQ was updated in July 2018. New version reflects the feedback received from INREV members during a two-month consultation period.
Climate change is affecting the mindset of investors globally in a multitude of ways. A term originally defined for companies in the coal and oil industry ‘stranded asset risk’, is increasingly part of the broader investment vocabulary and linked to climate change. As a result of increasing awareness but also the Paris Climate Agreement, more and more real estate investors are taking climate-related financial risks into account. From a real estate perspective, properties are unlikely to become truly stranded as could happen with an oil well, but they do run the risk of becoming obsolete if they are no longer capable of generating rental income. In our view climate change related factors could cause property obsolescence through two partially related channels. The first is due to a lack of adherence to local regulation which forbids landlords to lease space and as such generate income.
This disclosure example was developed to provide consistency of content and approach when investment managers report to investors on the impact of COVID-19 on rental collection.