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What are GRESB Assessments and who are they for?
GRESB Assessments capture information on environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance and sustainability best practices for real asset companies, funds and assets. The Assessments are guided by what investors and the industry consider to be material issues in the sustainability performance of real asset investments and are aligned with international reporting frameworks, such as GRI and PRI.
GRESB Real Estate Assessment
The global standard for ESG benchmarking and reporting for listed property companies, private property funds and developers, and investors that invest directly in real estate.
GRESB Developer Assessment
A stand-alone Assessment for companies and fund managers that focus on development activities, rather than the management of standing investments.
GRESB Public Disclosure
Measures the level of ESG disclosure by listed property companies and REITs through a selection of indicators aligned with the GRESB Real Estate Assessment.
GRESB Debt Assessment
Benchmarks the ESG performance of real estate lenders, including banks, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, mortgage REITs and private equity funds.
GRESB Infrastructure Fund Assessment
The investor-driven global ESG benchmark and reporting framework assessing the performance of infrastructure funds.
GRESB Infrastructure Asset Assessment
Benchmarks ESG performance at the asset level for infrastructure asset operators, fund managers and investors that invest directly in infrastructure.
Who will see the data that's submitted?
For the Real Estate and Infrastructure Assessments:
Data is submitted to GRESB through a secure online platform and can only be seen by current GRESB Staff or authorized personnel from GRESB’s parent company, i.e. GBCI, Inc. (“GBCI”). GRESB benchmark scores are not made public. The only entities that may access a participant’s benchmark results are:
- Participant’s own organization;
- GRESB Investor Members that are investors in a participant’s fund/organization.
No other third parties will see these results. GRESB Investor Members must request access to a participant’s benchmark results, allowing the participant the control to either accept or deny this request.
First-time participants in the GRESB Assessments are eligible to request a grace period, which enables them to participate on a confidential basis in the first year.
For Public Disclosure:
All Investor Members with a listed data subscription are able to review Public Disclosure data for all entities.
For the Real Estate Pre-Assessment:
The GRESB Real Estate Pre-Assessment results remain confidential to the reporting entity. The account manager of the reporting entity can control the distribution to investors from the GRESB Portal.
For the Debt Assessment:
Debt Assessment results are private and not disclosed to any third parties.
What is the Grace Period?
GRESB offers participants reporting for the first time the option to not disclose their first year Assessment results to their investors. This grace period allows companies and funds a one year period to familiarize themselves with the GRESB reporting and Assessment process, without externally disclosing their results to GRESB Investor Members.
While Grace Period participant names are disclosed to GRESB Investor Members, Investor Members are not able to request access to Grace Period participant results.
Grace period participants can use the Scorecard and Benchmark Report to identify opportunities to improve their performance for the following year’s Assessment. To participate, select the grace period option when registering for the Assessment.
What is the Assessment cycle?
The Assessment Portal opens on 1st April and closes on 1st July each year. Participants complete the Assessments by reporting through GRESB’s secure Assessment Portal. Once all Assessments have been submitted and the portal has closed, GRESB begins the process of validating, scoring and benchmarking the submitted data. The Assessment Results are launched in September each year.
View the 2018 Assessment Timeline for an overview of key dates and activities for the 2018 GRESB Assessment Cycle.
What are the different types of GRESB Membership?
GRESB has the following categories of membership:
- Investor Membership – For real estate and infrastructure investors.
- Company, Fund and Asset Membership – For entities reporting to the GRESB Assessments.
- Partners – For service, solution and data providers working with Assessment participants.
- Industry Partners – For national, regional and global industry bodies and associations working in the real asset sector.
- Industry Supporters – For organizations that officially support GRESB in its work to improve sustainability best practices in the real asset sector.
Do I need to be a GRESB Member to submit an Assessment?
No, you do not have to be a GRESB Member to submit an Assessment. But GRESB Members have access to advanced analytical tools and services as well as increased opportunity for marketing exposure, recognition and networking.
How does the GRESB Helpdesk work?
If you have questions about the content of the Assessments, scoring methodology or the GRESB Assessment Portal tools you’ll find these answered in our Resources section:
GRESB also works with a select group of GRESB Partners who are able to assist participants efficiently complete their Assessments, manage their ESG data and advance their performance.
How do I provide feedback on GRESB Assessments?
You can share your feedback from within the portal by using the feedback page.
If you are a GRESB Member or a GRESB Partner you are eligible to sit on regional Benchmark Committees and to join Industry Working Groups developing the GRESB Assessments.
Does GRESB offer a custom data service?
Yes, we offer a custom data service designed to address specific requirements and research objectives. For example, we can provide a deeper dive into individual aspects covered by our public results snapshots, focus on the performance of a particular sector or provide tailored insights into regional patterns.
Learn more about the process for custom data requests.
Would you like GRESB to speak at an event, webinar or conference?
We would be delighted to discuss what you have in mind. Please contact us with an agenda and information on the event participants.
Where can I find GRESB logos to use in my marketing and communications?
- A high-resolution GRESB Rating logo can be downloaded from your GRESB Scorecard in the portal. Rating logos can also be downloaded from the results marketing resources page.
- Sector Leader logos can be downloaded from the Sector Leader marketing resources page
- High-resolution versions of the GRESB Partner and GRESB Member logos can be found in the Welcome email you received when you joined GRESB.
GRESB logos are GRESB’s proprietary material and cannot be altered in any way. Please refer to the Branding Guidelines.
How can I submit an article to GRESB Insights?
GRESB Members and GRESB Partners gain preferential opportunity to submit articles and case studies on GRESB Insights to share sustainability best practices and leadership with the industry. Here is our editorial calendar.
GRESB also works with members and partners on bespoke content collaborations for financial media and other publications.
How can I better understand my results and communicate them to my stakeholders?
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our Amsterdam office on +31 (0)207740220.