We believe good stewardship is good business

As a steward of timberland and agriculture investments, we’re committed to conducting our business activities in a manner that recognizes the need to preserve and enhance the quality of our environment and local communities, empower our people, and provide market rate returns for our clients.

Integrating sustainability into our investment process

We are a fully integrated timberland and agriculture investment manager, acquiring and managing properties for institutional investors. Sustainability is part of our investment process from day one—our acquisitions teams use our proprietary SRI toolkit to systematically evaluate ESG factors for every potential investment.

SRI Toolkit: How we incorporate sustainability into the investment process

SRI Theme

Climate Stability

Ecosystem Resiliency Watershed Protection People Empowerment Community Prosperity
Risks & Opportunities
  • Climate change impacts
  • Emissions
  • Deforestation
  • CO₂ sequestration
  • Sensitive lands
  • Protected areas
  • Biodiversity
  • Threatened and endangered species 
  • Mitigation banking
  • Water quantity, quality
  • Flood, drought risk
  • Groundwater depletion
  • Water banking
  • Health & safety
  • Training & development
  • Labor practices
  • Human rights
  • Community relations
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Job creation
  • Research, internships

Likelihood   •   Impact   •   Mitigation   •   Resources

  For illustrative purposes only.

Integrating sustainability into our property management

Our integrated property management capabilities aim to reduce costs, enhance alignment of interests, and ensure that commitment to sustainability carries through from investment strategy to on-the-ground execution. We approach that commitment to sustainability through a focus on five core thematic priorities: climate stability, ecosystem resiliency, watershed protection, people empowerment, and community prosperity.

Climate stability

We responsibly use and manage land, creating carbon sequestration opportunities with our forests and farms and mitigating climate change through investing in renewables and energy efficiency.

  • 2.2 million metric tons of C02 removed annually

    over the past five years through our managed forests and farmland.
  • 2.9 million metric tons of C02 stored

    in wood products harvested in 2020.
  • 6.1 million metric tons of forest carbon credits sold

    by our timberland management group since 1985.
  • More than 1 billion trees planted

    by our timberland management group since 1985.

As at December 31, 2020. Refers to work undertaken by Hancock Natural Resource Group, a Manulife Investment Management company.

Ecosystem resiliency

Healthy ecosystems provide immense value to the vitality of communities and economies. To ensure this for generations to come, we operate in a way that responsibly manages land and protects sensitive lands and biodiversity.

  • 100%

    of our managed forests are certified sustainable.1
  • 100%

    of our managed U.S. farmland is certified sustainable.2
  • 472,000

    cumulative acres of our managed sensitive forest lands are protected.3
  • 172

    acres of pollinator habitat managed across our California orchards.

Data as of December 31, 2020.

1 As of December 31, 2020. 100% of our forests were certified under either Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) (3.3 million acres in the United States and Canada) or Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®)  (2.1 million acres in Australia, New Zealand, and Chile). 2 As of May 17, 2021. Certified under Leading Harvest. Hancock Natural Resource Group is a founding member of Leading Harvest. In addition, Oliver Williams, global head of agriculture, is current chair of the Board of Directors for Leading Harvest. 3 Sensitive lands are defined as lands with critical habitat for sensitive or endangered species, or lands with high scenic, historic, cultural, or recreational value.

Watershed protection

Protecting and improving watersheds is vital for the ecosystems and communities that depend on them. We do this by protecting sensitive lands, adhering to strict water and land management policies and best practices, and supporting forest growth.

  • 100%

    of our permanent crop farms use water conservation practices.

  • 20,000

    miles of stream frontage are protected.

Data as of December 31, 2020.

People empowerment

Empowering our people begins with creating a healthy and safe working environment where our employees enjoy what they do and look out for their colleagues. We work to ensure that we’re offering our employees safe and healthy work environments with the tools, training, and support they need to thrive at work and at home.

  • 5 volunteer days

    provided annually to employees to use at their discretion.

  • 5 additional personal days

    given to employees in 2021 in recognition of the need for sufficient rest and recovery during the pandemic.

Community prosperity

We are committed to supporting and strengthening the communities where we operate by providing employment opportunities, public use of our land, engagement with nongovernmental organizations, and support for local causes.

  • 2.3 million

    acres of land are open to unrestricted public access.

  • $552,000

    in corporate charitable contributions were made by our timberland and agriculture businesses in 2020.4

  • $61,000

    in charitable contributions were made by our timberland and agriculture employees in 2020.4

Data as of December 31, 2020.

4 All AUM figures are in U.S. dollars. Data as of December 31, 2020.

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