Real estate

A solid investment case for incorporating ESG factors, a competitive market and well-established regulation have encouraged real estate investors to implement some of the most comprehensive approaches to responsible investment.

Nevertheless, ESG factors such as climate risk, and fragmented sustainability standards, still pose challenges to responsible investment in real estate. To find out more about the PRI’s work on real estate, contact us.

As of January 2022, PRI will be carrying forward the activities of the UNEP FI Property Working Group (PWG). The PWG was a longstanding investor programme of UNEP FI comprised of leading asset owners and managers focused on driving financial returns through ESG integration. The mix of thought leadership and applied practice projects across ESG data, carbon emission reductions and climate risk, SDG alignment, and investing for health and wellness outcomes, will continue within PRI’s Investment Practices. The library of UNEP FI property publications remains available at the UNEP FI website.

Introduction guide

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An introduction to responsible investment: real estate

A guide to managing ESG issues in real estate

Get involved

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Call for applications to join the new real estate advisory committee


The PRI is inviting its signatories to contribute directly to the strategy and execution of its real estate programme, which will succeed the long-standing Property Working Group (PWG) coordinated by the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI).

Practical guides and tools


TCFD for real assets investors

Implementing the recommendations of the Taskforce for Climate-related Financial Disclosures in physical assets like property, infrastructure, forestry and farmland.


Responsible investment DDQ for real estate investors

This responsible investment due diligence questionnaire (DDQ) has been developed to help investors appraising potential real estate investment managers to evaluate how a manager handles environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors.

Climate change factories

Sustainable real estate investment: Implementing the Paris climate agreement

Identify key drivers and overcome the most common barriers to action for integrating ESG and climate change risks into real estate investments.