May 7, 2019 – Toronto – The Responsible Investment Association (RIA) is pleased to announce that GRESB has joined the RIA as an Associate Member.
“We are thrilled to welcome GRESB as an Associate Member of the Responsible Investment Association,” said Dustyn Lanz, Chief Executive Officer of the RIA. “GRESB has played an important role in promoting responsible investing in real assets, and we look forward to collaborating with them to drive awareness of responsible investing across asset classes.”
The RIA is Canada’s industry association dedicated to advancing responsible investment, which refers to the incorporation of ESG factors into the selection and management of investments. RIA membership has grown rapidly in recent years as investors increasingly seek investments that align with their values and manage exposure to environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities. According to research published by the RIA $2.1 trillion are invested responsible in Canada, equal to more than 50% of professionally managed AUM in Canada.
“GRESB is excited to partner with the RIA, Canada’s industry association for responsible investment,” said Neil Pegram, Director of Americas, GRESB. “GRESB is led globally by our institutional Investor Members with a focus on ESG in real assets. RIA Members include asset managers, asset owners, advisors, and service providers who believe incorporating ESG factors into investment decisions can provide superior risk-adjusted returns and positive societal impact. There is increasing overlap in our membership as Canadian institutional investors continue to demonstrate leadership in ESG globally and we look forward to working together.”
GRESB assesses the sustainability performance of real estate and infrastructure portfolios and assets worldwide. They offer ESG data, Scorecards, Benchmark Reports and portfolio analysis tools. More than 75 institutional investors, collectively representing over USD 18 trillion in institutional capital, use GRESB data and analytical tools.
About Responsible Investment Association
The Responsible Investment Association (RIA) is Canada’s membership association for Responsible Investment (RI). Members include mutual fund companies, financial institutions, asset management firms, advisors, consultants, investment research firms, asset owners, individual investors and others interested in RI. Our members believe that the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into the selection and management of investments can provide superior risk adjusted returns and positive societal impact. To learn more about the RIA, please visit www.riacanada.ca.
Nick Buccheri, Manager, Communications and Digital Media, RIA, (416) 461-6042 x5