Let’s face it—there is a lot of data available to us today. It’s made up of raw facts, and if not organized effectively, it really has no value because you don’t understand the relationship behind it. This is where data management systems come into play. Data management systems are a proven way to manage the relationships between various data points, improve operational performance and create opportunities for customer engagement by allowing the recording, updating and tracking of a company’s data in real time.
Until 2030, we will need to invest $89 trillion in infrastructure, as well as an additional $8 trillion to make the transition to a low-carbon economy. With this in mind, it is clear to us at USGBC that investment in buildings and infrastructure needs to be integrated, and that the market needs improved data management when it comes to environmental, social and governance (ESG) measurements.
We need to create a global network of investors and provide them with a consistent framework and management system to obtain the information they need to make the informed investment choices that are at the forefront of business decision-making.
Enter GRESB, an investor-driven organization committed to helping companies and funds around the world assess the sustainability performance of their diverse real assets portfolios. GRESB provides real assets investors with actionable information and tools needed to proactively monitor and manage the sustainability performance of their portfolios and prepare for increasingly rigorous scrutiny of ESG issues. It provides companies and funds with competitive business intelligence, which helps them with internal engagement, gap analysis and mapping improvement pathways for their ESG performance.
GRESB’s assessment framework offers an industry-wide tool that connects investors, portfolio managers, operators and solution providers to evaluate and benchmark the sustainability performance of real estate and infrastructure investments. This unique assessment and peer benchmarking process provides actionable transparency and accelerates market transformation.
More than 250 members, of which about 60 are pension funds and their fiduciaries, are using GRESB’s data in their investment management and engagement process to optimize the risk/return profile of their investments.