GLOBALVIA RANKED TOP INFRASTRUCTURE COMPANY IN THE WORLD BY GRESB 2019 SUSTAINABILITY INDEX 500 COMPANIES AND FUNDS PARTICPATED IN THE ANNUAL GLOBAL SURVEYPosted: October 7, 2019
TORONTO, October 7, 2019 – Spanish transport infrastructure manager Globalvia has received the top ranking in Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark’s (GRESB) 2019 Global Sustainable Index.
Globalvia was named the leading company, not only in the road companies’ sub-category, but also the overall Infrastructure category, in which 500 companies and funds participated.
Headquartered in Madrid, Globalvia is a concession management business that oversees a portfolio of highway and railway projects across Europe and the Americas. OPTrust has been an investor in Globalvia alongside two other pension funds since 2012.
As a pension management organization, it is critical that we invest and manage our portfolio in alignment with our members’ interests. Globalvia’s commitment to sustainability is fundamental to delivering stability and security to our members. We are thrilled to see Globalvia recognized as the world leader.”
- Gavin Ingram, Global Head of Infrastructure, OPTrust
The GRESB index annually evaluates and compares how 500 companies in more than 57 countries address environmental, social and governance challenges, providing comparable standardized data to the capital market.
This recognition is of great importance for Globalvia because it reflects exactly the way in which we conduct our business. We believe being sustainable is a must, so caring for the environment, our workers and our society are the foundations on which we have built our continued growth and leadership in our sector”.
- Javier Pérez Fortea, CEO, Globalvia
In 2019, participation in the index grew to the evaluation of 107 funds (+43%) and 393 companies (+40%). These figures reflect the growing interest that investors are showing in sustainable business models and the importance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in decision-making.
Further information on OPTrust’s responsible investing practices can be found in the 2018 Responsible Investing Report.
With net assets of almost $20 billion, OPTrust invests and manages one of Canada's largest pension funds and administers the OPSEU Pension Plan, a defined benefit plan with almost 95,000 members and retirees. OPTrust was established to give plan members and the Government of Ontario an equal voice in the administration of the Plan and the investment of its assets through joint trusteeship. OPTrust is governed by a 10-member Board of Trustees, five of whom are appointed by OPSEU and five by the Government of Ontario.
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