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Quinn & Partners Joins GRESB as First Canadian Associate Member

With global property investors representing more than US$1.6 trillion in assets under management, the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) survey has become the authority on real estate sustainability assessment. The annual survey is supported by global, leading institutional investors representing the “who’s who” of international capital. In Canada, institutional members include the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and Oxford Properties. GRESB’s adoption trajectory rivals that of The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the largest major investor-driven sustainability initiative.

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Quinn & Partners is the only Canadian GRESB Associate Member. Our consultants have a strong relationship with the GRESB team and are very familiar with the survey. We provide our clients with high value services such as:

  • GRESB survey simulation
  • Response improvement strategy
  • Survey check and submission

Please contact Francisca Quinn, Managing Partner at Quinn & Partners for more information at Francisca @ or (416) 300 8068.

gresb-logoGRESB is an industry-driven organization committed to rigorous and independent evaluation of the sustainability performance of real estate portfolios. GRESB works in tandem with institutional investors and their portfolio managers to identify and implement sustainability best practices in order to enhance and protect shareholder value.




Corporate Knights April 2014 Issue – Sustainable Buildings Boost Value of Institutional Portfolios

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“Canadian pension plans hold more than $100 billion of real estate assets. In 2012, pension plans allocated on average 10 per cent of total assets to this investment type, the highest number on record. With this clout, institutional investors play in important role in promoting sustainable building practices in new construction and existing building retrofits”

Well-known Canadian business publication Corporate Knights asked Quinn & Partners to contribute to its April 2014 Sustainable Buildings issue. In this article Francisca Quinn reviews the business case for incorporating sustainability considerations in institutional property investing, provides investor examples and reports on market leaders’ portfolio return.

Download the article here: Sustainable Buildings Boost Value of Institutional Portfolios

By: Francisca Quinn

Ethical Corporation Briefing – Corporate Adaptation to Climate Change


“Even the most progressive companies are still in the nascent stages of trying to determine their climate change risks. Most companies are completely unaware.”

Ethical Corporation Magazine, an international leader in corporate sustainability publishing, commissioned Quinn & Partners to contribute to its North American Briefing which was published in March 2014. In the article authors Tony Pringle and Francisca Quinn discuss how companies in North America are just beginning to consider the risks of a changing climate in corporate strategy and business operations in the wake of more than a decade of record breaking extreme weather events. We give examples of climate-related business risks across industries and best management.

Read the article through Ethical Corporation Magazine online: North America Briefing Part 4: Climate change – Fit for the future

Francisca Quinn 2014 Clean50 honouree


Francisca Quinn
I am very proud to be part of such accomplished and dedicated group of people.

Francisca was named a 2014 Clean50 honouree thanks to her work with leading Canadian companies in reducing their environmental footprints and achieving high sustainability engagement scores from employees, customers and analysts. She uses business analytics and organizational change tools to design, implement and communicate industry-leading corporate sustainability programs. Francisca strives to set a personal example for sustainability by applying best practice at work and at home.

Visit the clean50 site.



State-owned companies as corporate sustainability leaders: Sweden

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Article published in Corporate Knight’s web edition 2013-11-06

“Who best drives advancement in sustainability – governments or corporations? In Sweden, this question is being turned on its head. The answer is not ‘traditional’ government regulation.”

Read the article: State-owned companies as corporate sustainability leaders: Sweden

Written by Astrid von Schmeling &  Francisca Quinn