BentallGreenOak Continues Its ESG Leadership With Top Rankings in the 2019 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB)

  • BGO Diversified US Property Fund achieves overall sector leader status and 1st in its peer group
  • BGO Prime Canadian Fund achieves 2nd in its peer group
  • Sun Life General Account ranks in the top 5% of the Global Diversified category, 2nd for climate resilience

BentallGreenOak (BGO) announced today that it has again achieved top global rankings in the 2019 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), continuing the company’s exceptional global leadership position in sustainable investing for the 9th straight year.

The BGO Diversified US Property Fund was ranked 1st in the US Diversified peer group and 2nd overall globally. The BGO Prime Canadian Fund posted its best GRESB performance ever in 2019, achieving 2nd place in the Canadian Diversified peer group. The Sun Life General Account, managed by BGO, made its first ever submission to GRESB in 2019, and was graded in the top 5% in the Global Diversified category. All three portfolios made first-time submissions to GRESB’s Resilience Module, and each ranked 2nd in the Global Diversified category. The Resilience Module evaluated BGO’s portfolios and the company’s strategic approach to climate resilience compared to its global peers.

“Our global leadership position with GRESB is a reflection of the collaborative efforts of our asset management and real estate services teams, under the leadership of our portfolio managers and sustainable investing group, to achieve more for our clients and deliver better outcomes for the environment,” said Gary Whitelaw, chief executive officer of BentallGreenOak. “Our sustainable investing strategies, and associated partnerships with building owners, tenants and local communities, are critically important drivers in the creation of long-term value for our investors and clients.”

“BentallGreenOak’s track record of excellence in sustainable investing is a testament to the company’s commitment to making sustainability a clear part of their value proposition for the clients and stakeholders they serve. Their leadership is an important force in the global real estate industry’s push towards improving its collective ESG performance, and GRESB is pleased to recognize BentallGreenOak for its 2019 Sector Leadership,” said Dan Winters, GRESB Head of Americas.

GRESB is the environmental, social and governance (ESG) benchmark for real assets. The 2019 real estate benchmark covered more than 1,000 property companies, real estate investment trusts (REITs), funds, and developers. More than 100 institutional investors, with over USD 22 trillion AUM, use GRESB data to monitor their investments, engage with their managers, and make decisions that lead to a more sustainable real asset industry. Further details regarding GRESB assessment methods and rankings are available at: https://gresb.com/gresb-real-estate-assessment/

 

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