Putting the S Back in ‘ESG’

Originally published by The Property Council of Australia

In the world of sustainability, the S in ESG (environmental, social, and governance) is often assumed to stand for exactly that. However, experts warn that this common mistake risks overlooking a crucial component: the “social” aspect.

Devan Valenti of the International WELL Building Institute said the sleeping giant of ESG cannot be ignored, especially as the property market increasingly focuses on sustainability.

“One of the realisations investors are having is that there’s a better appreciation and understanding of the risks with poor social performance on an ESG perspective,” he said.

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