GRESB: The global ESG benchmark for financial markets

To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, the international community set a goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050. As governments, cities and individual companies plan for the future, it’s clear that transitioning to a sustainable world is a challenge that we must face together.

GRESB is a mission-driven and industry-led organization that provides actionable and transparent environmental, social and governance (ESG) data to financial markets. We collect, validate, score and benchmark ESG data to provide business intelligence, engagement tools and regulatory reporting solutions for investors, asset managers and the wider industry.

Vision and mission

Our vision:
An investment industry that plays a central role in creating a sustainable world

Our mission:
To provide financial markets with actionable insights, ESG data and benchmarks

How we work

GRESB provides a consistent framework to measure the ESG performance of individual assets and portfolios based on self-reported data. Performance assessments are guided by what investors and the wider industries consider to be material issues, and they are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Climate Agreement and major international reporting frameworks.

Data reported to the GRESB Assessments are validated by a third party and scored before being used to generate the following ESG benchmarks for the industry:

  • Real Estate Benchmark
  • Real Estate Development Benchmark
  • Infrastructure Fund Benchmark
  • Infrastructure Asset Benchmark

Who we are

Created in 2009, GRESB is the global ESG benchmark for financial markets, composed of an independent foundation and a benefit corporation. Working together as one, the GRESB Foundation focuses on the development, approval and management of the GRESB Standards while GRESB BV performs ESG assessments and provides related services to GRESB Members.

GRESB Foundation

The owner of the standards upon which assessments are based, the GRESB Foundation is composed of a foundation board as well as standard committees and working groups consisting of investors, managers and industry partners.

GRESB BV

A benefit corporation, GRESB BV is responsible for administering the assessments, providing the benchmarks, developing new solutions and supporting GRESB members. GRESB BV is owned by Summit Partners.

Industry Working Groups

As a member-led organization, GRESB is committed to listening to and working closely with the industries it serves. Throughout the year, industry working groups examine specific topics relevant to the GRESB standards, assessments, benchmarks and related services to ensure they are reflective of industry needs.

GRESB governance

Our Governance

Following GRESB’s change in ownership, the Real Estate and Infrastructure Advisory Boards and Benchmark Committees have been replaced by Standards Committees under the governance of the GRESB Foundation and will continue to oversee the development and maintenance of GRESB Standards.

GRESB BV will continue to be responsible for administering the GRESB Assessments, providing the benchmarks, promoting widespread adoption of the GRESB Standards and supporting investor and participant members.

GRESB BV is a benefit corporation and will seek formal B-Corp certification in order to build accountability for its mission into its legal structure and to protect it over the long term.

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