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Responsible Investing

ESG Overview

We integrate ESG factors and engage companies to increase shareholder value.

  • Our firm is committed to responsible investing, as part of our fiduciary obligation to help our clients achieve their long-term investment objectives.
  • Through our affiliations and company engagement, we act as industry advocates and can encourage positive change that can ultimately increase shareholder value.
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Our Approach

As an industry leader in listed real assets and alternative income, Cohen & Steers is committed to delivering superior risk-adjusted returns and income for our clients. This effort is enhanced by our proprietary ESG process, using our expertise, scale and resources to gain a deep understanding of the companies in which we invest and effect positive change on behalf of shareholders.


Integration

At Cohen & Steers, we review each company in our investment universe across environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors specific to the unique dynamics of its industry and asset class. Our size and depth of expertise, along with the frequency of our company interactions, allows us to carefully assess management credibility and strategy. We combine these insights with MSCI data and other industry standards to form a comprehensive view that is expressed both explicitly and implicitly in our investment decisions.

Read more about our ESG Integration process.

Download our ESG Intergration Statement.


Engagement

We take an active ownership approach with companies, advocating for sound ESG principles that we believe will help optimize investment performance. This engagement is integral to our fundamental research process, providing a framework for dialogue to actively support, influence or change ESG practices that may have a material impact on a company’s ability to preserve or grow its economic value. Cohen & Steers’ scale and specialization provide us unique influence with companies, giving our ESG advocacy maximum impact.

Read more about our approach to engagement.

Download our Global Engagement Policy.


ESG at Cohen & Steers

Our ESG Steering Committee has representatives from teams across the organization, including Human Resources, Distribution, Marketing, Legal and Product Solutions. This group prioritizes ESG initiatives and oversees sub-committees focused on ESG factors specific to three areas: Investments, Product Strategy and Corporate Considerations.

The ESG Investments Committee supports each of our specialist investment teams in determining the most appropriate way to integrate ESG factors into the research process. It is also responsible for ongoing implementation of engagement tracking and reporting, and evaluates the need for additional ESG research sources and data subscriptions.

Affiliations

Principles for Responsible Investment Initiative
Since 2013, Cohen & Steers has been part of the growing network of international investors supporting the Principles for Responsible Investment Initiative (PRI), a United Nations-backed initiative focused on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues. As signatories to the PRI, Cohen & Steers completes the annual PRI Transparency Report, which includes information on responsible investment issues and issuer engagement examples. This information is also available on the PRI website.

Cohen & Steers Statement on PRI
Cohen & Steers Principles for Responsible Investing Transparency Report


UK Stewardship Principles
Based on the principles of the UK Stewardship code, we support improving corporate governance and regularly engage with companies on material issues.

Cohen & Steers Statement on Compliance with the UK Stewardship Code


Singapore Stewardship Principles
We are proud to endorse these principles which aim, by articulating the core behavior and actions associated with investor stewardship, to enable investors to be active and responsible shareholders.


Industry Associations
Cohen & Steers also seeks to encourage companies to adopt ESG best practices at an industry level through the initiatives and industry groups listed below. These foster collaboration and allow us to discuss and assess ESG matters with industry peers and leading industry constituents.
 

National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) Global Listed Infrastructure Organization (GLIO)
Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) European Investment Advisory Committee
European Public Real Estate Association (EPRA) FTSE EPRA NAREIT Asia Regional Advisory Committee
Asia Pacific Real Estate Association (APREA) Energy Infrastructure Council (EIC)
Japan’s Stewardship Code  

Insights

Multi Strategy

ESG’s Evolving Landscape

As awareness of ESG implications continues to grow among companies and investors, we discuss our approach to ESG integration in real assets and alternative income.

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