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As investors increasingly focus more on environmental, social, governance (ESG) strategies as a key driver of how they deploy capital, retail assets will be forced to reckon with long-term sustainability challenges. And with companies setting net zero carbon commitments as a baseline, the costs associated with offsetting and improvements will have a tangible impact on net income and valuation, according to Mark Wynne-Smith, Global CEO of Valuation Advisory, JLL. 

While “climate risk equals investment risk,” companies engaged in ESG initiatives must balance reaching those goals with profitability. For retail, that may prove particularly problematic.

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