OUR GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY

WE CREATE NEW SUSTAINABILITY FRAMEWORKS AND SOLUTIONS

We leverage high quality third-party ESG data in our investment analysis and stewardship practices, and we seek to synthesize new frameworks for sustainability analysis and asset management that directly benefit our clients’ portfolios and advance our broader sustainability objectives.

Some examples of our work:

Portfolio- and asset-level climate risk analysis

Proprietary framework for analyzing climate risk factors across sectors, geographies, and climate scenarios

Sustainable Agriculture Program (SAP) standard

Third-party certification system that provides performance-based assurance of farming practices

Sustainable Development Goals Assessment Methodology

A transparent and scalable process for assessing companies’ commitments and contributions toward the UN-defined sustainable development goals (SDGs)1

OUR LEADING ROLE IN COLLABORATIVE ESG INITIATIVES

As an active investor and owner/operator of assets, we help steer industry-changing sustainability initiatives across the global capital markets.

Some of our memberships and affiliations

Through our activities in these strategic partnerships, we amplify our impact, shaping global practices of sustainability analysis and leveraging the power of trillions of dollars’ worth of combined assets in service of our clients’ interests and our commitment to a more sustainable future.

WE ACT WITH INTEGRITY FOR OUR OWNED AND OPERATED ASSETS

Where we own and operate assets, acting with integrity means holding ourselves to a high standard of sustainability. We do this both to protect and grow the value of the assets themselves and for the benefit of the communities they touch. This is how we do business—and it informs our expectations of the companies we invest in.

Our real estate portfolio ranks highly in sustainability assessments, including the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB).*

SUSTAINABILITY THEMES FOR CREATING LONG-TERM VALUE

Read Real Estate's 2019 Sustainability Report.

Read Hancock Natural Resource Group's 2018 Report on Sustainability and Responsible Investing.

WE’RE COMMITTED TO SUSTAINABILITY GOVERNANCE ACROSS OUR GLOBAL FIRM

Sustainability is woven into the structure of our investment decision-making and asset ownership and operation. In addition to this bottom-up focus on sustainable asset management, each business unit in both private and public markets has executive sustainability oversight committee with cross-functional representation and responsibility to make strategic decisions about its sustainability priorities and programs.

Executive sustainability council

Sustainability center of excellence

Public markets Private Markets
  • President and CEO
  • Responsible investment committee
  • Executive sustainability steering committee
  • SRI governance and steering committee

Responsible Investment Working Group

  • Real Estate: Executive Sustainability Steering Committee

These committees coordinate key sustainability initiatives through a Sustainability Center of Excellence. This group, in turn, reports to the Executive Sustainability Council, which includes representatives from Manulife Financial Corporation’s executive leadership team.

* In 2019, all of our Real Estate funds and our General Account earned a "Green Star" ranking, signifying strong performance in sustainability management and performance from Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB).