Are ESG criteria in the real estate sector inclusive? Organizations ask to contemplate people with disabilities

The Environmental, Social and Governance criteria (ESG), implemented in the real estate They must not only address environmental issues, they must also make spaces more inclusive in terms of People with disabilities and to create community.

This was pointed out by specialists in the Forum “Understanding ESG Principles in today’s world”, organized by the Mexican Association of Fibers real estate (Amefiber).

For Luis Quintana, general director of the civil association Todo Accesible, talking about sustainability is to promote accessibility and integration for all people, since it has been easier for man to reach the moon than for a disabled person go shopping.

He pointed out that the spaces real estate they must seek to be inclusive not only because of the low level of investment required, but also to take advantage of a segment of the population that wants to consume in the market.

“In 2010, according to the World Health Organization and the World Bank, we were just over 80 million people with some disability in Latin America, worldwide more than 1,000 million people”, detailed Quintana.

“In Mexico, according to the last census, we are just over 20 million people with some disabilityIt is a huge potential sector that very few organizations are turning to see”.

The cost of excluding

According to the specialist, the cost to adapt the projects to a universal accessibility model represents an investment of between 0 and 2% of the value of the works, while not doing so means losing a potential segment of consumers.

“People with disability we also want to go out, study, work and integrate, it is a huge potential market (…) The World Bank did a study where it says that excluding anyone or not including people with disability It is equivalent to losing up to 7% of the Gross Domestic Product”, he explained.

“We all benefit when we support universal accessibility in projects.”

In this context, the IDEA initiative (Inclusion, Diversity, without Labels and Accessibility) emerged, which seeks to promote accessibility understood as a fundamental factor to generate equal opportunities for all people, in an environment of respect regardless of sexual orientation. , disability or ethnic origin.

“IDEA also helps you meet the sustainable development objectives, because you are creating that the entire population can be integrated into the different sectors of the population, creating alliances, communities,” explained Luis Quintana.

mitigate violence

For Saskia Niño de Rivera, co-founder of the Reinserta Foundation, the infrastructure in the communities can be the difference between detonating or not violence among the inhabitants.

“The normalized and systematized violence in the psyche, in the infrastructure, in the neighborhoods and in the life of minors has a very great impact,” said the specialist.

According to data obtained by Reinserta among children recruited by organized crime, the environment of their spaces was decisive in normalizing violence as a way of life.

For this reason, one of the association’s work objectives is to work with minors who grow up in prisons, under an infrastructure that leads them to normalize acts of violence.

“Generating decent infrastructure, free of violence inside the prisons, not only for the children who are born and live in prison, but for the other children who visit their fathers, their mothers, so that there is an infrastructure free of violence and that in the event of a riot, for example, we can safeguard the integrity of the children,” said Niño de Rivera about Reinserta’s work.

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