New GRESB Members and Partners - April 2016

ING Bank NV is a global commercial real estate financier. It is one of the five top largest European real estate financiers with offices in all important commercial real estate markets around the world. ING Bank services more than 4,000 real estate investor clients which include institutional investors, private investors and public and private real estate funds. Its primary products and services consist of investment and syndicated loans, mezzanine finance, sales and leaseback transactions and securitization." data-share-imageurl="">
Saturday, April 30, 2016

ING Bank NV is a global commercial real estate financier. It is one of the five top largest European real estate financiers with offices in all important commercial real estate markets around the world. ING Bank services more than 4,000 real estate investor clients which include institutional investors, private investors and public and private real estate funds. Its primary products and services consist of investment and syndicated loans, mezzanine finance, sales and leaseback transactions and securitization. "Participating in the GRESB assessment fits within the focus of ING’s Sustainability Direction helping our clients in their transition towards a low-carbon business. With E 26.7bn committed to commercial real estate finance at YE2015, ING is able and willing to contribute significantly to more financial sector engagement for Sustainable Real Estate Finance. Measurement is an important step of that commitment."

LaSalle Investment Management is an independent subsidiary of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated, one of the world’s largest real estate companies. It manages capital on behalf of more than 400 investors across the globe, including pension funds, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, endowments and individual investors. LaSalle has more than 700 employees in 24 offices across the globe, with $58.3B assets under management (as of Q4 2015). “LaSalle’s primary objective in all of our activities is to deliver superior investment results for clients, and we believe that environmental, social and governance best practices will enhance our clients’ investment performance. GRESB membership gives our teams a tool to understand and improve ESG performance which will ultimately improve that performance.”

Norrporten is one of Sweden's largest property companies with offices, shops and dwellings in central locations from Luleå in the north to Copenhagen in the south. Since it was founded in 1994, Norrporten has established operations in a number of locations through expansive development. Today the combined rental value for their properties amounts to SEK 2.0 billion and the properties have an estimated market value of approximately SEK 25 billion. “By comparing ourselves with other successful real estate companies, we continuously improve our sustainability performance. By becoming GRESB members, we gain access to information and experiences that contribute to our development.”

Bank J. Safra Sarasin AG is a privately owned investment manager. It provides its services to pension funds, banks, insurance companies, health insurance schemes, public sectors and religious organizations, charitable foundations and other companies with a professional treasury service. The firm manages separate client-focused portfolios. It manages equity, fixed income, and balanced mutual funds for its clients. The firm invests in the public equity, fixed income and alternative markets across the globe. Bank J. Safra Sarasin AG was founded in 1841 and is based in Basel, Switzerland with additional offices in Bern, Switzerland; Zurich, Switzerland and Luzern, Switzerland. Bank J. Safra Sarasin AG operates as a subsidiary of J. Safra Sarasin Holding AG.

The Minto Group is a family-owned, fully integrated home builder, construction and property management company with operations in Canada and Florida. Since 1955, The Minto Group has created better places to live, work and play. It has built more than 80,000 new homes, manages more than 17,000 residential rental homes and apartments, and carries a commercial portfolio of more than 2.5 million square feet of office and retail space. In addition to these holdings, The Minto Group owns and operates Canada's largest portfolio of executive furnished suites. “Minto is committed to making our communities and operations better and joining GRESB is one of the ways we can demonstrate that commitment to our investors and customers. We are also looking to GRESB to supplement our internal monitoring and reporting programs and inspire improvements in our sustainability performance and in our systems.”

CenterSquare Investment Management is a real asset manager focused on listed and private equity real estate and listed infrastructure investments, accessed via U.S.-only and global strategies. Founded in 1987, CenterSquare Investment Management is headquartered in suburban Philadelphia, with a regional office in Los Angeles and a local presence in London and Singapore. CenterSquare is the real asset investment subsidiary of BNY Mellon and manages investments on behalf of some of the world's leading institutional and private investors.

Hammerson is a major British property development and investment company. The firm switched to Real Estate Investment Trust status when REITs were introduced in the United Kingdom in January 2007. It is traded on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index; it is also a constituent of the FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Europe index, among others. The majority of Hammerson's portfolio is in the United Kingdom, but it also operates in continental Europe, including operations in France, Ireland, Spain and Germany. It invests mainly in offices and retail premises.

Sustainable Commercial Solutions (SCS) is a professional sustainability consultancy specializing in commercial real estate. They work with clients across all sectors to set environmental policy, ensure regulatory compliance and improve the environmental and financial performance of their assets. SCS has full pan-European coverage through its German subsidiary and partnership with a local European company, ES EnviroSustain. SCS has also developed SIERA, a market leading pan-European sustainability management software.

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