This year's Earth Day theme is Invest in Our Planet. What does this mean to you and how is it relevant to Ontario Teachers'?
Anna Murray, Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Sustainable Investing: We’ve been a sustainable investing trailblazer for years. We put words into action by making public commitments to be net zero by 2050, strengthening our proxy voting guidelines for climate oversight, setting interim portfolio carbon footprint reduction targets, as well as targets for our portfolio companies to establish decarbonization plans. We have a robust integration process embedding ESG considerations across the investment lifecycle.
George Konidis, Managing Director, Real Estate & Workplace Transformation: We have to live and breathe our commitment, and that starts with our place of business – our workplace. Our new downtown Toronto office will incorporate a variety of sustainable measures such as targeting LEED certification. We also partner with landlords globally who share in our sustainable goals. This way we can ensure that our workforce is well-placed within environments that prioritize the reduction of our carbon footprint and enhance our wellbeing.
What is Ontario Teachers' doing in terms of environmental preservation that resonates with you?
Sarah Yates, Director, Private Capital: Last year, a group of us from the London Office participated in a Community Service Day at Vauxhall City Farm. This is a farm located in Lambeth that delivers environment-related education activities to children, provides employment opportunities to young people, and acts as a general wellness and recreational resource to the local community. I also look forward to getting involved in the Equities Community Service Day this year, which will be aligned with our impact themes of advancing environmental action and levelling the playing field.
George Konidis: I am particularly proud of how we’re working with Cadillac Fairview to take an industry-leading approach towards reducing its environmental footprint. Through innovative award-winning sustainability programs, Cadillac Fairview continues pioneering ways to take real action on climate change and resource protection with a clear focus on carbon, energy, water, waste management and responsible procurement.