Bouwinvest firmly believes that long-term financial success in real estate investment for our pension fund clients is indelibly interlinked with our social responsibilities to adhere to the highest sustainability standards achievable in our work. By doing so we also ensure that our assets maintain their value for the long-term and also insure against the risks of obsolescence in our investments.
Our key goal is to ensure that 80% of our invested capital delivers an above-average performance on the environmental, social and governance (ESG) fronts in 2021. We measure this performance on the basis of the total invested capital with a GRESB rating of four or five stars. This is how we make a positive contribution to the sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the United Nations: Sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11). In addition to this, we make a positive contribution to SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy, SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth, and SDG 3: Good health and well-being. On the climate change front, our ambition is to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement no later than 2045.
Responsible real estate investment
Investing in the environment, society and good governance helps to combat climate change and generates broader social, economic, ecological and health benefits. We are convinced that our approach reduces risks, improves returns and makes our real estate and portfolios more attractive.
Our objective can only be achieved through close collaboration with stakeholders, ranging from tenants and shareholders, to local and national government authorities, suppliers and local operating partners. We also recognise that dedicated and hard-working employees are crucial to Bouwinvest achieving its goals and we do our best to create a pleasant and encouraging atmosphere at work. Our strict corporate governance, risk, integrity and control programmes and frameworks, guide our responsible business practices.