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Impact Investing

In the last decade, ESG metrics have become a standard part of strategic decision making. More recently, beyond ESG INREV sees impact investing rising to the forefront and recognizes that real estate industry is increasingly paying attention to it. INREV is working on several initiatives around impact investing to help members to better position themselves within a potential market. 

INREV defines impact investing as investments made with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and/or environmental impact alongside a financial return (Please see impact investing terms at Global Definitions Database (GDD)). Additionality and intentionality are key factors of impact investing. For Real Estate, social impact for example, might occur through developing and providing affordable housing, social housing, healthcare or education units when there is a lack thereof or by using one of the UN SDG’s as an impact theme. Furthermore, environmental impact can for example, be achieved by improvement in energy efficiency as a result of sustainable building investments.

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Impact investing case studies

Defining strategic impact objectives: Climate and Biodiversity

Prepared by AXA Investment Managers


Beyond Alignment: Contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals

Prepared by Franklin Templeton


ESG Viewpoint: A focus on affordable housing

Prepared by BMO Global Asset Management


ESG Committee

The aim of the committee is to establish a unified view of ESG, increasing understanding of all three aspects, environmental, social and governance, and to promote robust standards of corporate governance that integrate all these aspects for non-listed real estate vehicles. This will help the industry more effectively integrate ESG factors into the real estate investment decision-making process. 

Training courses and events

ESG for Non-listed Real Estate Investments Course

The online course consists of a series of five sessions spread over a period of two weeks from 15 - 23 September 2020.


Impact Investing Round Table

The Round Table will take place online on 22 October 2020. Registration will open soon.

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Increasing impact in real estate

As real estate fund managers have become increasingly keen to provide suitable products to meet institutional investors’ demand for real estate impact investments, INREV’s ESG committee has taken steps to provide more clarity and consistency in this important area. Read full article 

ESG all under one roof

In 2019 there is a new addition to the INREV Committee roster – the ESG Committee. This replaces the former Sustainability and the Corporate Governance Committees, and will also take on a remit to cover additional social and governance issues – the ‘S’ and ‘G’ part of ESG. Read full article>

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