Social infrastructure projects, such as hospitals, schools and community centres, may be attractive assets for institutional investors seeking to make both a market rate of return and an impact return, which is the measurable improvement on environmental and community related aspects. However, this dual return focus requires managing the social and environmental impact of an in- vestment while also managing for market-rate financial returns.
Investments in social infrastructure can deliver above-market financial returns while making a positive contribution to communities and the environment. But to achieve this dual return, investors need to be able to measure and manage the social and environmental goals of social infrastructure assets.
Franklin Templeton Real Asset Advisors (Real Estate)