20 Jun 2019

A high level summary of what's being discussed in recent committee meetings:

  • At the last meeting on the 20th June the committee members updated and reapproved the short- and long-term objectives of the committee as well as discuss future marketing/training initiatives and agreeing a set of ESG metrics to be presented to the AREF Investor Committee for approval.
  • The Committee will be working closely with the Investor Committee and Corporate Governance Committee to include ESG & Impact Investing metrics into the quarterly AREF reporting package and the Code.
  • A joint event with the IPF, on the subject of Social Impact Investing in the UK Property Sector, is being planned for November 2019. More information can be found here. This event will be a part of a series on Social Impact in the UK with the next iteration planned for Q1 2020.

If you have any project ideas or specific concerns regarding ESG that you would like raised at a future meeting, please contact Katie Mitzschke (by emailing info@aref.org.uk). The initial areas that the Committee have chosen to focus on with regards to events, guidance notes, webinars, case studies and education are Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (“TCFD”) compliance, governance of occupiers, community engagement and wellbeing.

Next meeting: 11 September 2019

View more on the committee, including biographies here.


Katie Mitzschke

Katie Mitzschke

Fund Manager, La Salle Investment Management

Katie is the Chair of the AREF ESG & Social Impact Investing Committee. 

Katie is a Fund Manager within LaSalle Global Partner Solutions, having joined the team in 2010.  She holds a degree in Architecture from the University of Toronto, a MSc. in Real Estate from CASS Business School and the CFA Society of the UK, Investment Management Certificate. 

As well as being Chair of the AREF ESG & Social Impact Investing Committee, she is also Chair of the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) Advisory Committee and member of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative Property Working Group.