Upholding a standard of responsible investing.

Environmental, social and governance policy.

Sustainability

Our Philosophy

At Equiton, our mission is to deliver outstanding value to our clients and communities, and to channel all our experience, expertise and dedication to achieving those results every day. Our goal as stewards of our clients’ assets is to uphold a standard of responsible investing in the best interest of our clients, our employees and our community. We recognize that environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors can have an impact on the long-term risk and return of a given real estate investment. Incorporating relevant ESG issues into our decision-making processes is prudent practice and entirely consistent with our corporate philosophy. We understand that properties are tangible assets that people can see, visit, work, and live in on a day-to-day basis. How they look, how they operate, and how they are managed affects residents and the local community.

ESG Factors

As a signatory of PRI (Principles of Responsible Investing), we define ESG factors as follows:

Environmental

Factors related to a company’s interactions with the physical environment. These include, but are not limited to, climate change, greenhouse gas emissions; biodiversity loss; deforestation; air, water/resource depletion or pollution; waste management; change in land use; clean energy and technology.

Social

Factors related to business practices that impact on the rights, well-being and interests of people and communities. These include, but are not limited to, human rights; labour standards in the supply chain; workplace health and safety; freedom of association and freedom of expression; human capital management and employee relations; diversity; and relations with local communities (including indigenous communities).

Governance

Factors related to the management of a company. These include, but are not limited to, board structure, composition, size, diversity, skills and independence; executive pay; investor rights; stakeholder interactions; transparency; business ethics; bribery and corruption; internal controls; and cybersecurity, anti-money laundering, and conflicts of interest.

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Our Purpose

Equiton’s Philosophy and Commitment

We base investment decisions on our professional judgment supported by thorough due diligence. Our principal responsibility is to maximize investment returns for our investors without undue risk of loss.

Our view is that real estate, as an asset class, is susceptible to ESG risk factors for three primary reasons:

  • Buildings are inherently long-term in nature with long useful lives, and correspondingly, our investors tend to have similarly long investment horizons. This exposes real estate investments to ESG risks over an extended period which can amplify their effects.

  • Unlike corporate operations, real estate is physically immoveable. A real estate investment has exposure to localized ESG issues, which are not mitigated simply by moving operations. Such localized ESG issues may include more stringent regulatory requirements, changing societal preferences for places to work, live and play, and exposure to climate-related events such as flooding, water quality/scarcity and extreme weather conditions.

  • With the rise of global carbon emissions being created by the construction and operation of buildings, real estate is in an industry of particular focus among ESG investors.

Our philosophy is that incorporating relevant ESG issues into our decision-making processes will result in better risk assessment, better buildings for the communities we serve, and better investment decisions for our investors. Moreover, we believe that by being active owners, we can realize greater long-term value for our investors and property stakeholders. Being a responsible owner empowers us to enhance the long-term, risk-adjusted performance of our portfolios.

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