Property investor M&G Real Estate, part of M&G plc’s £77 billion private assets and alternatives division, announced today the appointment of Laura Jockers as Global Head of ESG.

Aligning with M&G’s broader policies and strategy, Jockers will lead a larger, dedicated team, with a shift in emphasis from Responsible Property Investment to ESG. Jockers will work with M&G Real Estate’s global teams to drive the implementation of its ESG strategy, and to enhance the existing work being done by M&G’s funds on net zero pathways and to ensure the business continuously improves its GRESB targets.

M&G has set climate targets including goals to reduce carbon emissions from operations to net zero by 2030, as well as to achieve net zero across its internal and external investment portfolios by 2050. The real estate group has set a target to acquire green certification for half of its global real estate portfolio by 2025, and the firm has revealed that it has reached 80% of this goal.

Jose Pellicer, Head of Investment Strategy and Research at M&G Real Estate, said:

“It is fantastic to have someone of Laura’s calibre on the team. She is one of the leading experts in real estate ESG with a deep understanding of how the industry can play a leading role in reducing carbon emissions and how we can be ambitious with our targets.”

Jockers joins M&G from London-based property manager The Howard de Walden Estate where she served as Head of Sustainability. She also worked at real estate-focused professional services firm JLL, including as Global Sustainability Communications, Reporting, and Research Project Lead, supporting a wide range of real estate clients with their sustainability agendas.

Jockers said:

“M&G is already making great strides to ensure ESG is at the forefront of its global real estate portfolio and three GRESB 5-star ratings are testament to the hard work already being done. My goal is to ensure we maintain these high standards whilst also working to achieve our longer-term commitments.”

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