Environmental, Social and Governance

The management of Environmental, Social and Governance issues is a fundamental part of our business.

Sustainability, Impact and Futureproofing – company approach

The Company believes that comprehensive assessment of ESG factors leads to better outcomes for shareholders and adopts the Investment Manager’s policy and approach to integrating ESG which has been used as the basis for establishing the Company’s ESG objectives. The Investment Manager views ESG as a fundamental part of its business. Whilst real estate investment provides valuable economic benefits and returns for investors it has – by its nature – the potential to affect environmental and social outcomes, both positively and negatively.

Please see pages 54 to 70 of the annual report for more information.

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Our approach to ESG

The Investment Manager’s approach is underpinned by the following three over-arching principles:

- Transparency, Integrity and Reporting: being transparent in the ways in which it communicates and discusses its strategy, approach and performance with investors and stakeholders.

- Capability and Collaboration: drawing together and harnessing the capabilities and insights of the Investment Manager’s platforms, with those of its investment, supply chain and industry partners.

- Investment Process and Asset Management: integrating ESG into decision making, governance, underwriting decisions and asset management approach. This includes the identification and management of material ESG risks and opportunities across the portfolio.

Please see pages 54 to 70 of the annual report for more information.

Material sustainability indicators

The Investment Manager’s ESG approach groups material sustainability indicators into four main categories: (i) Environment & Climate; (ii) Demographics; (iii) Governance & Engagement; and (iv) Technology & Infrastructure. The Investment Manager has identified 21 different ESG ‘indicators’ that sit beneath these four main categories. These 21 ESG indicators are considered by the Investment Manager with a focus on those most material to the Company. The risk and opportunities of those most material indicators are assessed as part of the Company’s investment decisions. This approach allows the identification and promotion (where relevant) of material ESG risks and opportunities relevant to a fund’s investment strategy, sector and geography. These guide the Company’s prioritisation and integration of ESG factors at the asset level, whilst providing a structure for engagement with, and reporting to, stakeholders.

Please see pages 54 to 70 of the annual report for more information.

Active engagement

The Investment Manager makes use of the expertise within its ESG Real Estate team and is actively engaged with the European Union, national governments and industry working groups, including GRESB, the UK Better Building Partnership and the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI). This ensures that it can help to formulate government policies and that its management teams are well informed of future government intent and market direction.

Please see pages 54 to 70 of the annual report for more information.

Climate change

Of particular focus to the Company is climate change, which represents one of the most material ESG issues, both in terms of physical climate risk, and reducing the emissions from the Company’s activities (i.e. addressing transition risks).

In 2021, COP26 served to reinforce the need for the rapid decarbonisation of the global economy. Conversely, the outcomes of COP27 in November 2022 centred more around the important issues of climate justice and climate adaptation, rather than carbon reduction. As a result, the world remains on trajectory towards 2.3 degrees of warming.

The Investment Manager has an active approach to reducing emissions across the portfolio through assessment of energy performance prior to acquisition and working with occupiers on solar PV projects, as well as undertaking energy efficient refurbishments. In 2021 work was undertaken to establish the operational carbon footprint baseline of the portfolio and begin to model a pathway to net zero. This involved benchmarking the performance of each asset, modelling the future footprint, including embodied and operational carbon, and identifying the types of measures necessary and costs to fully decarbonise the portfolio over time.

Please see pages 54 to 70 of the annual report for more information.

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