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ESG Investing and REITs: What to Know in 2022
The world of ESG investing has changed dramatically over the last decade, with record amounts pouring into sustainable investments last year. In the REIT industry, publicly reporting on ESG efforts has become the new normal and companies are increasingly disclosing ESG-related targets.

Join Nareit on Earth Day for a conversation about how the world of ESG investing has evolved in recent years. You’ll get insights into the REIT industry’s progress with ESG initiatives and reporting and hear from a long-time ESG investor and analyst as they discuss opportunities for REITs in the ESG space in the coming years. Panelists include:

- Laura Craft, Head of Global Strategy & Investment ESG, Heitman
- Fulya Kocak, SVP of ESG Issues, Nareit (Moderator)
- Brendan McCarthy, Vice President, Calvert Research and Management

Questions? Contact webinar@nareit.com.

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Speakers

Fulya Kocak
Senior Vice President, ESG Issues @Nareit
Laura Craft
Head of Global Strategy & Investment ESG @Heitman
An industry ESG expert and in investment management over 16 years, Laura leads Heitman’s global Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) platform ($51 Billion AUM) and establishes systematic approaches to incorporate ESG into investment decision-making. Embedding ESG provides opportunities to create value, reduce risk and enhance investment returns. Investments are measured on ESG through proprietary private equity and debt acquisition, due diligence, and asset management tools, and through internal listed equity ESG composite scoring system. Laura leads a partnership with Urban Land Institute (ULI) to publish Climate Risk Investment Decision-Making Reports, which explores methods for assessing and mitigating climate risk at the investment- and market-level. In 2020, Heitman announced its commitment to reduce its global private equity portfolio’s operational carbon emissions under its control to net zero by the year 2030.
Brendan McCarthy
Vice President @Calvert Research and Management
Brendan is a vice president for Calvert Research and Management. He is an ESG research analyst, responsible for environmental, social and governance (ESG) research coverage of the real estate sector. He joined Calvert Research and Management in 2019. Brendan began his career in the investment management industry in 2007. Before joining Calvert, he was the investment manager for the Earth Partners, an environmentally focused private equity firm. Previously, he worked for the Gladstone Companies advising its REIT, Gladstone Commercial, and for Wells Fargo Bank in the commercial real estate group and in the special situations group. Brendan earned a B.A. in economics from Kenyon College and an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.