Following the latest round of index reviews by Hang Seng Indexes Company Limited, Link Real Estate Investment Trust (“Link REIT”) will be included in the Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index (“HSCSI”) with effect from 14 September 2015. This is the latest addition to Link REIT’s sustainability-related index memberships, which include FTSE4Good Index and Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index.
“Over the years, we have laid a strong foundation for running our business in a sustainable manner and for creating value for the community as a whole. Our inclusion in HSCSI and other industry-renowned sustainability indexes underscores our success in embedding corporate sustainability into our strategy and operations, and recognises the progress we have made in advancing our mission of improving the lives of those around us,” said George Hongchoy, CEO of Link Asset Management Limited.
With international investors increasingly focusing on corporate sustainability, encompassing environmental, social and corporate governance, HSCSI is a popular benchmark for index funds that adopt a corporate sustainability theme. Constituent selection is based on a robust process, including consideration of the results from a sustainability assessment undertaken by Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency, to ensure that the index is objective, reliable and of high investability.