Together with our partners, we aim to deliver sustainable infrastructure that benefits local communities.
These six pillars have fed into how we assess our current assets’ existing approach to managing ESG risks and opportunities, as well as into our positive and negative screening of investment opportunities.
Embedding ESG into the investment process
We recognise our responsibllity to ensure that our investments have a positive impact. For us, that means investing in and actively managing infrastructure that helps meet public needs, fosters sustainable growth and improves the lives of communities. We have developed positive criteria to increase transparency within our deal teams on the type of assets and investments that should benefit from ESG tailwinds. We also developed negative screening criteria that determine material sustainability impacts and how to mitigate them. We would avoid investing in assets that are environmentally/socially harmful where there is no mitigation possible.
Our buy, build and hold investment strategy means that we take a long-term and disciplined approach to managing social and environmental risks and opportunities. Our active presence on the ground plays a huge role in achieving our ESG goals because it enables us to identify concerns, influence partners and drive forward our sustainability agenda. Our engagement is focused on developing ESG action plans to deliver real-world sustainability outcomes that benefit investors, the environment and society as a whole. We have developed a proprietary framework to assess practices across the portfolio and guide our assets on potential next steps.
Investing sustainably on the path to net zero
We are determined to play our part in addressing climate challenges. Climate considerations are embedded in both our investment process and asset management. We seek to develop projects that are resilient to climate change and aligned with a 1.5°C pathway.
Promoting the efficient and sustainable use of resources
Resource extraction and processing are responsible for 50 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions and 90 per cent of biodiversity loss. Working with our partners to reduce the use of raw materials and construction waste is therefore a key priority for us.
Infrastructure facilitates access to energy, transport, housing and healthcare while increasing productivity and creating jobs. We help communities located near our assets by improving access to essential services and supporting sustainable livelihoods and strive to create sustainable local partnerships that benefit everyone involved.
An independent grant-making charity
The John Laing Charitable Trust is an independent charity established in 1962 to care for the welfare of former and current employees of the John Laing group of companies and to improve the lives of people in need.