The Human Rights Approach to Investing in Housing

BSR Members Only

Date and Time

Monday December 5, 2022
1:00 pm-2:00 pm EST




Human Rights | Financial Services


This event is for BSR members only. Members, please contact us to register.

Real estate is now the largest asset class in the world, and by the end of 2020, the value of residential real estate surged to an estimated US$258.5 trillion—up $90 trillion from 2016.

While many factors play a role in shaping the current housing crisis, the role of institutional investors has come into sharp relief. In the first 3 months of 2021, 1 in 7 US homes were purchased by institutional investors—including private equity firms, pension funds, and publicly listed companies. In Europe, the rate at which investors are buying up housing is also accelerating, driving up housing prices.

How can investors balance fiduciary duty with the real-world impacts of real estate investing for years to come?

BSRThe Shift, SHARE, The Predistribution Initiative, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), and Omidyar Network, will co-host an investor webinar to:

  • Highlight the current global housing crisis and the role of real estate investment
  • Demonstrate how adopting a “human rights approach” can ensure investment in real estate is responsible and safeguards a person’s right to adequate housing
  • Mobilize asset owners and asset managers that wish to advance responsible investment in real estate

Target Audience

Institutional investors that focus on residential real estate. This convening is open to the public and is first in a series of housing and human rights-themed webinars that will be hosted by our partner organizations.


  • Opening remarks: Hugh Brown, Director, Financial Services, BSR
  • Moderator: Paloma Muñoz Quick, Global Lead, Financial Services and Human Rights, BSR
  • Speaker: Leilani Farha, Global Director of The Shift, protagonist of the award-winning documentary PUSH, and Former UN Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing
  • Speaker: Tamara Herman, Program Manager, SHARE