How real assets provide real solutions: investing sustainably for a better world

Investments in real assets are valued for providing diversification benefits, inflation protection, and stable yield—they also have the potential to be part of the solution to some of our most urgent global challenges.

“Our world is facing three pressing global challenges: the climate emergency, the loss of nature and growing inequality. Each of them, on its own, can endanger the safe operating space for humanity and the planet, as well as the license to operate for business.”

Time to transform,” World Business Council for Sustainable Development, March 25, 2021.

Real assets have long been recognized for their investment merits. More recently, we’ve seen accelerated interest in them for another reason altogether: to address global environmental, social, and governance (ESG) challenges. A rare silver lining to emerge from the grueling COVID-19 pandemic may be a heightened awareness of the interconnectedness of these challenges.

We’ve long believed that real assets represent part of the solution to these issues, and our experience of both investing in and operating real assets has allowed us unique insights into understanding material ESG considerations over extended time horizons. Real assets such as agriculture, timberland, and real estate innately contribute to meeting basic human needs for food, materials, and shelter, while infrastructure contributes to essential water, energy, and transport services. We believe these asset classes can play a critical role in addressing these important issues—climate change, nature loss, and rising inequality.

Manulife Investment Management
Manulife Investment Management

Manulife Investment Management is the global wealth and asset management segment of Manulife Financial Corporation. We draw on more than a century of financial stewardship and the full resources of our parent company to serve individuals, institutions, and retirement plan members worldwide. Headquartered in Toronto and Boston, our leading capabilities in public and private markets are strengthened by an investment footprint that spans 19 countries and territories. Our private markets strategies include private equity and credit, real estate, infrastructure, timber, and agriculture. Responsible stewardship is integral to our business and culture, and we seek to be a global leader in creating long-term, sustainable, value for our stakeholders.

Amy Theuninck
Managing Director, Insurance Solutions
197 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116
United States

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