What if ESG Could Solve the Global Housing Crisis?

In cities across the world there is a global crisis of housing affordability; the answer to this crisis may lie in a socially conscious approach to property investment.

What do you do as an investor if you can see that an asset class is attractive in terms of the hard numbers, but doesn’t work when it comes to the increasingly important, but softer, considerations of ESG – environmental, social and governance – investing? It feels like property is increasingly falling into this space. Ever-rising house prices have led to a situation where housing affordability has become a major political issue, a central conflict-ground in the inequality wars. Evidence of this isn’t hard to find. Firstly there was the report that almost 15% of homes sold in Hong Kong last year were ‘nano apartments’ – under 250 square feet.

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