March 7, 2022

Manulife Investment Management achieves Fitwel Viral Response Approval across 44 properties in North America

Manulife Investment Management today announced it achieved Fitwel Viral Response Approval across 44 properties in North America, furthering their commitment to the ongoing health and wellbeing of its tenants, employees, and partners. This approval at the building level follows Manulife Investment Management’s Fitwel Viral Response Module (VRM) certification with distinction at the entity-level in September 2021.

Fitwel is the world’s leading certification system committed to “Building Health for All®.” Originally created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. General Services Administration, Fitwel is a rigorous, third-party healthy building certification that sets the industry standard for evidence-based strategies to promote positive health outcomes for building occupants and communities. Fitwel's VRM was developed in coordination with leading public health experts and real estate companies to effectively address the unique challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and other infectious respiratory diseases. Fitwel Viral Response Approval signifies that a property has aligned with the specified practices and policies detailed in Manulife Investment Management’s Viral Response Module certification.

“We were proud to have achieved Fitwel Viral Response Module certification and worked with our teams to ensure the science-based policies and procedures were implemented,” said Regan Smith, head of real estate sustainability at Manulife Investment Management. “Congratulations to the teams for helping to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our building occupants. We look forward to the continued implementation of the approval across our North American real estate portfolio.”

Properties that have received Fitwel Viral Response Approval include:

Manulife Investment Management develops and manages commercial real estate for thousands of customers around the globe as part of its comprehensive private markets’ capabilities. As of December 31, 2021, the real estate portfolio totals over 64 million square feet of office, industrial, retail, and multifamily space strategically located in markets across Canada, the U.S., and Asia Pacific. The group leverages its global platform and local expertise to provide market-leading solutions for its tenants and deliver results for its partners.


About Manulife Investment Management

Manulife Investment Management is the global brand for 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, our leading capabilities in public and private markets are strengthened by an investment footprint that spans 18 geographies. We complement these capabilities by providing access to a network of unaffiliated asset managers from around the world. We’re committed to investing responsibly across our businesses. We develop innovative global frameworks for sustainable investing, collaboratively engage with companies in our securities portfolios, and maintain a high standard of stewardship where we own and operate assets, and we believe in supporting financial well-being through our workplace retirement plans. Today, plan sponsors around the world rely on our retirement plan administration and investment expertise to help their employees plan for, save for, and live a better retirement. Not all offerings are available in all jurisdictions. For additional information, please visit

About Fitwel

Originally created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and U.S. General Services Administration, Fitwel is the world’s leading certification system committed to building health for all®. Generated by expert analysis of 5,600+ academic research studies, Fitwel is implementing a vision for a healthier future where all buildings and communities are enhanced to strengthen health and well-being. The CDC remains the research and evaluation partner for Fitwel. The Center for Active Design (CfAD), a global not-for-profit organization, maintains the Fitwel standard and conducts objective third-party assessments that lead to certified projects. CfAD’s new business unit, Adai (pronounced “a-DAY”), is charged with expanding Fitwel to the global market, administering the program while providing best-in-class customer service and technical support. To learn more about Fitwel, please visit