The responsible ownership and operation of real estate can have a significant positive impact not only on the environment but also on the financial performance of an investment. Recognizing the importance of this topic to clients and consultants and its potential positive impact on long-term performance, our Real Estate & Private Markets investment area's Sustainability Workgroup (comprising representatives from several countries and various disciplines) has published a Responsible Investment (RI) policy. Regional teams have been established to implement sustainable and RI strategies at the fund and individual property levels. Our RI strategy is integrated into the management of our investments and is implemented by all operational functions of the company during the entire ownership cycle of a project, from development or acquisition through on-going asset management, marketing, renovation and maintenance to successful sale. We integrate sustainability into our strategy, meaning we design sustainability and resilience into new buildings and improve the sustainability performance of existing properties. Our mission is to integrate sustainability and Responsible Investment into our investment processes and implement sustainable practices.
We believe that there is a direct link between responsible investment and long-term returns. Our corporate policy focuses on increasing the value of our investments for our investors and tenants and ensuring that our assets and funds remain secure, resilient and profitable today and in the future.
Our mission consists of the following major principles, which we seek to apply in our own funds and encourage in the funds in which we invest:
- delivering superior risk-adjusted investment performance by integrating sustainability considerations into our
- implementing sustainable practices and promoting health and well-being through innovation and the sharing of best practices;
- being a responsible investor, developer and operator by addressing environmental impacts while enhancing
property operations and values; and
- placing a strong emphasis on social responsibility following our long tradition of supporting worthy causes
and working with non-profit and charitable organizations. As such, we also clearly encourage and recognize the social volunteering of our employees