As a global firm, we support the employment of over 55,000 people in more than 30 countries while working to create strong, profitable businesses. As these businesses grow, we commit to best-in-class environmental, social and governance practices, mindful of the important role they play in fostering long-term value creation.
Our approach to investing stems from our heritage as an owner and operator of real assets. Long before we were an asset manager, we invested our own capital to develop, own and operate these assets, which means we bring deep expertise to growing the businesses we acquire. In the early 2000s, with 100 years of investing experience behind us, we began inviting other private investors to partner with us.
This marked the start of our asset management business. Today, the scale of our global operations means we have significant access to proprietary deal flow, while the size and liquidity of our balance sheet allows us to pursue transactions few others are able to consider. To ensure our interests are aligned with our investors, we put our capital to work alongside theirs in every deal we do.
We got our start over a century ago, helping to launch Brazil’s first electrical and transport utility in 1899 and listing it on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 1912. Since then, we have been directing capital toward real estate, renewable power and infrastructure assets that provide the foundation for economic pursuits around the globe.