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UBS Asset Management

PRI reporting framework 2019

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Pre-investment (selection)

PR 04. Incorporating ESG issues when selecting investments

04.1. Indicate if your organisation typically incorporates ESG issues when selecting property investments.

04.2. Provide a description of your organisation's approach to incorporating ESG issues in property investment selection.

The responsible ownership and operation of real estate can have a significant positive impact not only on the environment but also on the financial performance of an investment. Environmental and social risks are incorporated into the evaluation criteria when acquiring or developing properties. 

Incorporating environmental (including resilience and climate change) and social risks into the evaluation criteria, and identifying  RI strategies for multi-manager real estate investments – where possible on a look-through basis – and considering these in the investment decision-making process are main topics in our investment decisions.

We have developed a common approach across regions when buying direct property. We evaluate the sustainability performance of all new acquisitions during the technical due diligence process prior to completion.

Physical (which includes operating systems) and environmental evaluations are part of the standard scope of work for due diligence of all property acquisitions and are a required section in both the acquisition checklist and the Investment Committee brief.

We will also screen all transaction counterparties to ensure appropriate compliance with AML, anti-bribery and corruption laws.

In all cases the results are presented to the internal UBS investment committee, which approves or rejects the investment proposal presented by the acquisition team.

04.3. Indicate which E, S and/or G issues are typically considered by your organisation in the property investment selection process, and list up to three examples per issue.

Environmental example 1, description

          
        

Environmental example 2, description

          
        

Environmental example 3, description

          
        

Social example 1, description [OPTIONAL]

          
        

Social example 2, description [OPTIONAL]

          
        

Social example 3, description [OPTIONAL]

          
        

Governance example 1, description

          
        

Governance example 2, description

          
        

Governance example 3, description

          
        

04.4. Additional information. [Optional]

The above represents a selection of our due diligence requirements, which are far more extensive. As part of the process, we engage third party consultants, including environmental, to screen potential acquisitions.

Information is collected via a standardised sustainability checklist which is completed in order to capture relevant issues. Results are fully analysed with material issues flagged to our Investment Committee. Once due diligence is concluded there is a formal review and sign off process.


PR 05. Types of ESG information considered in investment selection (Private)


PR 06. ESG issues impact in selection process

06.1. Indicate if ESG issues impacted your property investment selection process during the reporting year.

06.2. Indicate how ESG issues impacted your property investment deal structuring processes during the reporting year.

06.3. Additional information.

ESG is an important consideration when screening new potential investments and forms a key part of our due diligence process before any acquisition. There are occasions where significant issues will arise and we will not proceed with the transaction. In other cases, such as poor environmental ratings, we may still include the costs of implementing the necessary upgrades and proceed with the transaction and then look to improve the property via our active asset management process in order to rectify the issues.

Once an asset has been acquired, we look to initiate social programmes, such as tenant and community engagement efforts.


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