Corporate donations, as well as donations and fundraising generated by our employees and through our community investment programs, totalled over $40 million globally in 2018.
We signed a global pledge to help make 100 million people 20 per cent more physically active by 2025 through our shared value products like Vitality and ManulifeMOVE. Research has shown customers using these types of products are more physically active, helping them live longer, healthier lives, while delivering benefits to us and society.
We issued our second green bond in 2018, proceeds of which will go towards investment supporting the transition to a lower-carbon economy.
Manulife Asset Management took a leadership role on climate change in the investment community through its role on the steering committee of the Climate Action 100+ investor initiative and co-launching the Investor Agenda on Climate Change.
Manulife Asset Management published its first Engagement Report, outlining the range of activities it undertook to engage and influence companies globally on environmental, social, and governance issues.
All Manulife & John Hancock Real Estate funds/portfolios achieved Green Star ranking in the investor-backed Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmarking survey (GRESB), and 80% of our portfolio is now certified to a green building standard, up from 60% in 2017.
We established an Executive Sustainability Council, chaired by Manulife’s Chief Operating Officer, providing strategic oversight of our initiatives as we drive towards further embedding sustainability into our business.