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Responsible investment and business

Bouwinvest’s value creation model shows which financial, social and human capital its uses, how it adds value to that capital and what value this ultimately creates for society. Gaining an understanding of how these various aspects are interrelated helps Bouwinvest to reflect on the impact it has on society and to take appropriate action, all in a fully integrated manner.

To make sure it can continue to generate sustainable returns in the long term, Bouwinvest includes environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria in all its investment decisions. This is in line with the United Nations Principles of Responsible Investment (UN PRI), which Bouwinvest has signed. By endorsing the UN PRI, Bouwinvest recognises the importance of responsible investment and commits to the implementation of the principles in its investment process. Bouwinvest is also committed to achieving the targets laid down in the Paris climate agreement. Its long-term goal is to have a near energy-neutral portfolio (energy index of 0) - a so-called Paris Proof portfolio - in 2045.

Bouwinvest is targeting above-average sustainability ratings (GRESB 4 or 5 stars) for at least 80% of its invested capital in 2022, a Paris Proof organisation in 2045 and a positive contribution to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Bouwinvest is explicitly committed to five Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that fall within its sphere of influence:

  • Health and well-being (SDG 3): invest in healthcare real estate, healthy buildings and lifecycle-proof homes.

  • Affordable and clean energy (SDG 7): reduce energy use and invest in renewable energy.

  • Decent work and economic growth (SDG 8): maintain an active dialogue with our partners on the aspects health, safety and working conditions at building sites.

  • Sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11): invest in real estate with an above-average sustainability rating and affordable homes.

  • Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts (SDG 13): invest in sustainable and climate adaptive real estate, which will result in a near energy-neutral portfolio in 2045.

In 2021, Bouwinvest once again conducted a materiality analysis among its clients, (international) partners, employees, tenants and its shareholder about their insights and expectations with regard to strategy, policy and implementation. Based on a detailed stakeholder analysis, Bouwinvest determined that these are its most important stakeholders based on their influence on the continuity of our business operations. The material themes are mainly ESG-related. This goes beyond the sustainability performance of our real estate investments, and also encompasses the related organisation. After all, making real estate more sustainable is driven by the right policy choices, qualified employees, transparent reporting, systems and data.

Materiality matrix