Responsible from the very beginning

We’ve always approached our business responsibly. Over 25 years, we’ve developed
processes that help us build our projects in a way that’s not only
considerate to the environment, but also to people.

The time has come to gather all our know-how in one place and follow
the well established ESG framework regarding how companies handle
environmental, social and governance areas.

We’ve developed a telling brochure which describes how we adopted the ESG criteria
as part of our responsible business approach. Here you can find
our main aspirations and download the full publication.

Pillars of our ESG strategy

Environmental

With respect to nature

Our processes, policies, practices and the impact we have on the natural environment, applicable to both our buildings
and our company.

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Social

Taking care of people

Activities affecting both the internal and external people with whom we interact, applicable within different project phases and in the company.

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Governance

The way we’re directed

Organisational structure, transparency, measures, protocols, procedures and formalised governing bodies, roles & responsibilities defining our business nature.

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Environmental pillar

Energy performance

Our aspiration

We will continue to better our approach in order to deliver and operate buildings that allow our clients to maximise energy efficiency while using them. We will continuously improve the energy performance of our buildings by implementing efficient solutions and optimisation techniques. We will support the use of energy from renewable sources as well as tenable management. We’re planning on disclosing data to our clients on an ongoing basis to enable them to improve operational performance themselves, in addition to them already using our carefully designed energy saving premises. We will work to improve our commissioning procedures of building systems, including seasonal commissioning and ongoing maintenance. We’re aiming to educate everyone in our buildings about how they can contribute to energy
saving themselves.

Carbon reduction

Our aspiration

Our priority is to implement low carbon solutions in all project stages, including design, demolition, construction and operation to decrease the carbon footprint of our projects. With our long-term strategy of reducing carbon emissions, we will calculate and endeavour to reduce both operational and embodied greenhouse gases, especially CO2. We are also aiming to offset the residual CO2 our buildings will produce in operation. A similar approach is to be applied across our construction sites. We will strive to design out waste and pre-condition our buildings for easy end-of-life deconstruction, reuse and recycling, to reduce the whole life carbon footprint in line with circular economic strategies. Furthermore, every employee will be encouraged to follow our internal sustainability policy, which sets the guidelines for reducing personal carbon footprints.

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Water consumption

Our aspiration

We’ll continue improving water efficiency through more efficient technologies and fittings implemented in our buildings. We’re aiming to reduce water waste in our offices, increase the usage of rainwater and grey water and to monitor water use on construction sites. All our new projects will adhere to legionella prevention strategies

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Waste management

Our aspiration

By encouraging good design and construction practices, we aim to minimise waste across our value chain, including building operation. We put a focus on sustainable management as well as reusing materials from demolition, construction and operational waste by following our Environmental Code of Practice (ECoP), standards we’ve developed in-house. We will keep on encouraging everyone working in our offices to recycle by providing all the necessary facilities to support it. Our aim is to make all our offices plastic free and paperless.

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Green transport

Our aspiration

We support and facilitate green transportation choices by enabling the people working in our buildings and our own employees to use emission-free transportation. Our aim is to always provide cyclist facilities, bike parking capacity and bike infrastructure at a higher level than the local market standards and regulations require. We will design our buildings in a way to encourage people to use low carbon means of transport.

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Biodiversity

Our aspiration

By creating green infrastructure, we aim to increase the biodiversity around our projects. This not only plays an important role in expanding the ecological habitat in dense city environments, but also serves as a form of resilience to the expected climate change. We support biodiversity in a holistic way. We will select resilient trees and plants that support local ecosystems and work as great air purifiers. We will foster quality environmental conditions by reinforcing pollinators and implementing solutions to prevent migratory birds from colliding with facades.

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Social pillar

Client engagement

Our aspiration

We’ll continue to engage our clients with various events and activities throughout the year to upgrade their experience with and in our buildings. We’ll keep on listening to our clients’ needs to fully understand how value is created in their businesses and reply with tailor-made product and services. Therefore, the workspace becomes a tool for them to achieve their business goals – protect health, maximise productivity, engage employees, attract and retain talented people and help them with internal transformations. We’ll keep on exploring global trends and flexibly adapting them to our projects.

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Focus on people

Our aspiration

Our aim is to design and create all our projects with people at their core and focus on their needs. To make sure user focus is implemented into the design of each project, we will use a value creation process to create a value proposition reflecting user needs and choose user-centric solutions from our internal knowledge library. We’ll keep on using our own office as a place of workspace solution testing, research and feedback collection. With our user-centric internal design team, we’re aiming to run primary and secondary research to understand everyone’s needs and foresee trends, with respect to privacy and personal data protection.

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Health and wellbeing

Our aspiration

We will ensure our buildings protect health, wellbeing and performance by designing them in line with wellbeing principles. In order to measure this ambition, we will apply WELL certification criteria, aiming for at least the Gold level. We’ll keep on looking for solutions that enhance healthy and safe office environments. Our ambition is to share the knowledge with our clients to help them design and take full advantage of offices that are healthy and safe.

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Communities

Our aspiration

We aim to engage and support the communities around our projects in the cities where we live, work and build. Our ambition is to foster vibrant communication with the local community around all our projects, even before construction starts. Based on our experience with BREEAM Communities, we plan to apply what we have learned and best practices to every development, so each project follows a standardised process of communication with people from the neighbourhood so we can be reachable and transparent. Supporting good causes in the countries in which we operate is a vital part of our work with communities too. We also nourish business communities, connecting startups with established companies and providing education to new firms.

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Employee experience

Our aspiration

Our ambition is to provide inspirational projects and tasks that stimulate the growth and development of our employees. We will continue to engage them by addressing their individual wellbeing needs, enhancing their workspace experience with smart office tech in hand and enabling personal flexibility to address everyone’s preferences. We’re aiming to conduct regular employee experience surveys to collect feedback and constantly improve.

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Safety

Our aspiration

We’re aiming to protect our employees, contractors and all those who work for us on construction sites by providing them with the right education about safety and securing a safe environment. We will monitor and report accident frequency and constantly work on lowering it.

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Governance pillar

Corporate governance

Our aspiration

Our ambition is to ensure that the organisation is managed in line with good corporate governance standards. We aim to develop an organisational structure, processes and policies in accordance ith the principles of transparency, professionalism and  accountability.

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Our mindsets

Our aspiration

We’re continuously working on increasing the awareness of and promoting the importance of our values – HB Reavis mindsets: passion, entrepreneurship, professionalism, innovativeness, long-term relationships and a focus on people. They will be used as a reference framework for decision making processes by managers. Our employees, especially our leaders, are expected to role model the company’s mindsets. Thanks to regular communication, we will make sure our mindsets are recognised, understood and lived by our employees.

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Business ethics

Our aspiration

Our aim is for all our employees and key business partners to comply with the principles we stand for as outlined in our Code of Ethics. We will regularly communicate information regarding our Ethics Program so that everyone in the company understands the ethical business principles we stand for. We will actively communicate with our business partners our expectations regarding business conduct. All our key business partners will be required to comply with the principles in our Code of Ethics.

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Speak up culture

Our aspiration

We aim to foster openness and develop a speak-up culture at our company. We continually encourage people to be unafraid and open to constructively addressing issues they see around themselves and take it as a way of improving our daily operations. We value proactivity in raising questions and sharing one’s own ideas. Thanks to an implemented whistleblowing mechanism, our ambition is to solve all reported cases professionally and in a timely manner. We will support awareness building so employees trust the speak-up system.

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Supply chain management

Our aspiration

We aim to build long-term relationships with our suppliers based on mutual prosperity and trust. We’re planning to work on educating our partners and engaging them in topics such as environmental sustainability, social responsibility and tenant health and wellbeing. We willingly learn from them as well. We expect our key business partners to comply with our business ethics principles and key environmental standards.

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Diversity and inclusion

Our aspiration

Our ambition is to provide fair working conditions and equal opportunities for everyone throughout the whole employee journey. We will continue to focus on the merit of our diverse employees based on their capabilities and skills, as well as the potential of our candidates, rather than their education, ethnicity, disabilities and background. Similarly, we will continue focusing on skills, potential and performance when approaching our employees and applicants. We aim to provide fair compensation, securing equal pay between men and women, as well as equal career progression opportunities.

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Do our key priorities match?

Take a closer look at what the implementation of the ESG framework means to us.
Explore our aspirations and see if we’re pursuing the same goals.

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