Our global approach to sustainability

Across our diverse portfolio of investments in public and private markets, we seek to be a global leader of sustainable asset management, creating long-term value for our stakeholders while helping realize a sustainable trajectory for the global economy.

What sets us apart?

Our approach to sustainability combines a macro perspective on ESG risks, opportunities, and imperatives with the depth of local market expertise. As both an asset manager and owner/operator, we have a unique perspective on navigating sustainability's systemic challenges and opportunities. These facets of our identity help us develop and synthesize innovative global frameworks for sustainability analysis and asset management that work in the local context.

Sustainable Agriculture Program (SAP) standard

As part of our work in global agriculture, we helped pioneer a third-party certification system that provides performance-based assurance of farming practices.¹

Asian fixed-income ESG integration

Our Asian teams understand ESG risks and opportunities in their local political, economic, and cultural context. With proprietary ESG analysis of hundreds of issuers across Asia, our public market teams build sustainability into their internal ratings, spread analysis, and valuation metrics. In hundreds of meetings with issuers each year, our teams are also at the vanguard of defining the role of bondholders in ESG engagement.

Green building certifications

Eighty percent of our private real estate portfolio is green building certified,² demonstrating best-in-class sustainability management across numerous local markets while providing better economic value through higher rents, lower vacancy rates, and improved environmental performance.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) investment lens

We've piloted a scalable methodology for assessing different companies' commitments and contributions toward the UN-defined SDGs.

1 This refers to work undertaken by Hancock Natural Resource Group, a Manulife Investment Management company. The third-party certification system is the Leading Harvest Farmland Management Standard.  2 Information as of December 31, 2018.

Our sustainability leadership

Sustainability leadership matters to us, our clients, and other stakeholders. Many of our public markets investment practices rest on focused ESG research that both serves our clients’ portfolios and influences the discourse and practice of sustainable asset management. We also strive to be a sustainability leader throughout the value chain supporting the assets we own and operate.

Related viewpoints

Sustainable investing in Asian fixed income

Murray Collis, our head of fixed income in Singapore, and Keisuke Tsumoto, our head of fixed income in Japan, explain how our approach to Asian fixed income involves the integration of ESG analysis in our fundamental credit research, as well as robust corporate engagement practices.
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ESG integration and engagement

We're committed to integrating ESG analysis into our existing public markets fundamental research processes and see ESG as a natural complement to our strengths as an active investment manager. Our entrepreneurial investment culture empowers each team to make decisions in line with its investment philosophy and clients' objectives.

Read our 2018 sustainable investing report for public markets

Sustainability is a key part of our investment practice

  • We monitor ESG issues across portfolios, watchlists, and research coverage lists
  • We maintain research engines to help analysts identify and categorize their ESG-related research and views
  • We conduct regular investment risk reviews for strategies across regions

Bilateral engagement can build company and portfolio resilience

  • When we meet with company management teams, we engage them on questions about their risk exposure to ESG factors and their management of that exposure
  • We summarize and centrally share our findings on our global research platform
  • We monitor the progress companies make toward the objectives we define

We actively vote our proxies

  • We believe proxy voting is a core responsibility and important lever in encouraging improving ESG practices
  • Our proxy voting activities particularly focus on companies in which we have a significant holding

For information on our private market ESG practices, visit our private markets capabilites page.

Ownership with integrity

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 those assets themselves and for the benefit of our stakeholders.

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Timber and agriculture sustainability report

As a steward of agricultural and forest holdings, we're committed to conducting all of 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. Simply put, adopting sustainable and responsible Investing practices is who we are and how we do business.

Read our sustainability report for timber and agriculture

Real estate sustainability report

Our approach to sustainability in real estate is based on responsible property investment that aligns with global standards. This means we incorporate ESG considerations into all our investment management and operational practices across the real estate value chain, from asset acquisition through property management and leasing.

Read our real estate sustainability report

Collaborative engagement and affiliations

We help steer industry-changing sustainability initiatives across the global capital markets. Through collaborating with industry peers, we amplify our impact by working with other investors to address ESG concerns among the companies, industries, and markets in our collective orbit of influence.


Some of our affiliations

Developed by investors, for investors, the UN PRI fosters signatories' voluntary commitment to contribute to developing a more sustainable global financial system.

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Through powerful networks and advocacy, Ceres tackles the world’s biggest sustainability challenges, including climate change, water scarcity and pollution, and inequitable workplaces.

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Climate Action 100+ is a five-year collaborative investor initiative to engage with the world's largest greenhouse gas emitters to foster alignment with the Paris Agreement goals.

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The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world.

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The Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark defines the global standard for assessing the sustainability performance of real estate companies and funds.

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Our sustainability policies and disclosures

Sustainable Investing Statement


Proxy Voting Policy


UK Stewardship Code Statement


ESG Engagement Policy


Cluster Munitions Policy

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