J.P. Morgan Asset Management through our market leading insights programme and investment academy has provided access to educational resources both in-person and digitally for our clients. These resources are tiered and available at different levels from financial advisers, consultants and asset owners (pension schemes / insurance firms / sovereign foundations).
Our Real Estate Americas team has a robust tenant engagement program including education (sustainability guides) and various recycling or e-waste events, Asset Manager training and updates at an asset level., Property managers and partners have access to our consultant and receive education and support along with suggestions on opportunities for certification or retrofits. The team also provided a training for the client relation and portfolio managers in 2019.
Our Infrastructure team is part of various GRESB working groups (example: airports, resilience) and a member of the team chairs the North American Benchmarking Committee for GRESB. The team is also a member of the Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance Advisory Committee for academic research on ESG in finance. In addition, members from the Infrastructure team spoke at various ESG conferences and participated on panels to present on ESG implementation. The team also hosted several ESG Forums in different geographies (Amsterdam, Tokyo and London) and met with investors to discuss governance frameworks, climate risks and opportunities and the value of stakeholder engagement. This year’s Infrastructure Group’s Annual Meeting focused on ESG in Practice with guest speakers and panels about governance initiatives, stakeholder engagement, culture, D&I, energy efficiencies and climate solutions.
In addition to this, recognising the importance of ongoing internal education to enable our sales force to conduct education or training to our clients, we have rolled out an internal sustainable investment academy for investors, distribution staff and all connected staff over the last 12 months, covering basic concepts of the fundamental of ESG to specific asset class or product specific information.