Cbus Property accepts that companies that better manage ESG issues can increase shareholder value. The company, therefore, strives to properly manage risks, anticipate regulatory action and access new markets, while at the same time contributing to the sustainable development of the societies in which it operates.
Further, incorporating ESG issues into investment decision making is consistent with our fiduciary obligations to Cbus members in the light of changing external conditions.
As such, it is incumbent upon Cbus Property to consider ESG factors in its investment decision-making processes in order to protect and manage its Investments on behalf of the Fund and the Fund’s members for the long-term. (ESG Policy)
Examples of Cbus Property’s approach to considering ESG in the various phases of the investment decision process are provided below.
Cbus Property manages Cbus’ direct property portfolio under the terms of an Investment Management Agreement. Under the terms of the IMA the Manager must:
- take into account the impact of environmental, social and governance issues in making investment decisions;
- meet the following responsible investment commitments:
- adhere to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI),
- use its best endeavours to meet a publicly stated commitment to achieve a net zero carbon emissions target by 2030; and
- obtain a GRESB Benchmark Report for each reporting period.
- provide information on the following issues relating to responsible investment:
- engagement activity undertaken on environmental, social, or governance issues; and
- timely input into Cbus Group UNPRI reporting.
Cbus Property also incorporates the following ESG matters into the pre-investment review process (as prescribed by our Development Management Policy):
- ensure appropriate allowances are accommodated for ESG initiatives including reference to meeting GRESB reporting requirements;
- ensure the development (investment) proposal is capable of meeting the ESG initiatives, unless otherwise approved by the Board;
- consider and implement of the ESG initiatives as documented;
- take into account the health and wellbeing of future employees,
- consider sustainability features, such as implementing on-site renewable energy generation through the use of biofuels, geothermal energy, hydro power, solar / PV or wind;