FAQ

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    GRESB Assessments

  • GRESB Public Disclosure and the GRESB Infrastructure Assessment are scored independently of each other.

  • Yes. All constituents are encouraged to update any pre-filled evidence so that it reflects their most recent ESG performance disclosures.

    Please note that you can only update Public Disclosure data when the Portal is open between April 1 and July 1, each year.

    More information can be found in the 2021 Public Disclosure Reference Guide.

  • Yes, you can participate in the Assessments with multiple entities.

    A separate Assessment should be submitted for each entity.

    First, register as an individual via the GRESB Portal. Once you have registered, you will be able to add individual entities to the GRESB Portal and complete a GRESB Assessment on behalf of each entity.

  • The 2021 dataset covers the full GLIO Global Coverage.

    See 2021 Participant lists.

    More information can be found in the 2021 Public Disclosure Reference Guide.

  • The GRESB Infrastructure Fund Assessment is designed to assess funds across a wide range of sectors and sub-sectors, including energy generation, energy transmission, water resource management, transportation and social infrastructure.

    Common examples of infrastructure funds participating in the GRESB Infrastructure Fund Assessment include:

    • A sector-focused fund with investments in toll roads
    • A geographic-focused fund with investments in a specific region, such as North America or Oceania
    • A segregated account that is globally diversified offering exposure to several sectors
  • There are multiple ways to participate in the GRESB Infrastructure Asset Assessment. Both single and multi-asset operators can participate. Possibilities for participation are explained in the following sections below. Note that these are only illustrative and other scenarios are possible. Participants with questions about specific circumstances are encouraged to contact info@gresb.com for guidance.

    Single-asset operators
    Single-asset operators may have one or multiple infrastructure-related business activities. These entities may be large and complex, or small and narrowly focused. The approximate fraction of each business activity should be expressed in the Entity & Reporting Characteristics section of the Asset Assessment. Single-asset operators that are subject to the same management and can aggregate performance data may report as one entity in the Asset Assessment.

    Note that entities that have 75% or more allocation to a business activity will be allocated to this business activity’s applicable peer group. Examples of single-asset operators include:

    • A provider of water and wastewater services
    • An airport
    • A telecommunications company
  • The Resilience Module was a 3-year optional supplement to the GRESB Real Estate and Infrastructure Assessments, launched in 2018.

    The Module evaluated how real estate and infrastructure companies and funds are preparing for potentially disruptive events and changing conditions, assessing long-term trends, and becoming more resilient over time.

    The Resilience Module was discontinued in 2021, as its most useful and insightful elements have been incorporated into the GRESB Real Estate and Infrastructure Assessments. We are excited to integrate the most evolved resilience indicators into our Assessments in pursuit of our mission to provide standardized, validated, and benchmarked data to the capital markets, and contributing to our collective progress toward a more sustainable real asset sector and, by extension, a more sustainable world.

    Read more about the Resilience Module here.

  • GRESB Infrastructure Public Disclosure evaluates the level of ESG disclosure by listed infrastructure companies.

    The data is collected for the full GLIO Global Coverage to produce a Public Disclosure Level that is accessible to GRESB Investor Members.

    Learn more about Infrastructure Public Disclosure.

  • The Infrastructure Fund Assessment is the investor-driven global ESG benchmark and reporting framework assessing the performance of infrastructure funds.

    The Assessment offers high-quality ESG data and advanced analytical tools to benchmark ESG performance, identify areas for improvement and engage with investors.

    Learn more about the Infrastructure Fund Assessment.

  • The Infrastructure Asset Assessment is an investor-driven global ESG benchmark and reporting framework for the Infrastructure Sector. The Assessment assesses ESG performance at the asset level for infrastructure asset operators, fund managers and investors that invest directly in infrastructure.

    The Assessment offers high-quality ESG data and advanced analytical tools to benchmark ESG performance, identify areas for improvement and engage with investors.

    Learn more about the Infrastructure Asset Assessment.

  • Since its establishment 10 years ago, GRESB has been at the heart of a collaborative effort to build consensus on what constitutes ESG materiality in the real estate sector, define standardized metrics, and develop a consistent approach to measuring and reporting on ESG performance. It’s a communal effort and we are grateful to be supported by a powerful global ecosystem of investors, lenders, managers, service providers and industry bodies working to improve ESG transparency across the world.

    We are now entering a new phase of industry development where greater ESG transparency must be a means to improve the ESG performance of the underlying assets in real estate portfolios. Where real progress towards improving operational performance is the priority, not transparency for its own sake.

    This shift comes in response to changing demand from the investor community, who increasingly expect managers to be able to monitor their assets directly, on the basis of real, reliable ESG performance data. This higher-resolution data will enable us to provide more granular and reliable ESG data and benchmarks, unlock a new generation of performance insights from asset-level up, and support a systematic tracking of industry progress against sector-specific targets, as well as local and global goals.

    Read the full article: Asset-level reporting: fundamental for evaluating Real Estate Performance

  • GRESB Public Disclosure and the GRESB Real Estate Assessment are scored independently of each other.

  • Yes. All constituents are encouraged to update any pre-filled evidence so that it reflects their most recent ESG performance disclosures.

    Please note that you can only update Public Disclosure data when the Portal is open between April 1 and July 1, each year.

    More information can be found in the 2021 Public Disclosure Reference Guide.

  • The 2021 dataset covers the core listed real estate equities universe with full coverage of the major developed listed real estate indices.

    See 2021 Participant lists.

    More information can be found in the 2021 Public Disclosure Reference Guide.

  • Each participant is assigned to a peer group determined by a simple set of quantitative rules and provides consistent treatment for all participants.

    Peer group assignments do not affect a company/fund’s score but determine how GRESB places Assessment results into context.

    Learn more about the peer group allocation methodology.

  • Yes, you can participate in the Assessments with multiple entities.

    A separate Assessment should be submitted for each entity.

    First, register as an individual via the GRESB Portal. Once you have registered, you will be able to add individual entities to the GRESB Portal and complete a GRESB Assessment on behalf of each entity.

  • GRESB Real Estate Public Disclosure evaluates the level of ESG disclosure by listed property companies and REITs

    The dataset provides full coverage of the major developed listed real estate indices and provides a Public Disclosure Level that is accessible to GRESB Investor Members.

    Learn more about GRESB Real Estate Public Disclosure.

  • If you mainly focus on development activities instead of management of standing investments, you should complete the Management and Development Components:

    • Management Component – measures the entity’s strategy and leadership management, policies and processes, risk management and stakeholder engagement approach, comprising of information collected at the organizational level.
    • Development Component – measures the entity’s efforts to address ESG issues during the design, construction, and renovation of buildings. This Component is suitable for entities involved in new construction (building design, site selection and/or construction) and/or major renovation projects, with on-going projects or completed projects during the reporting period.

    Learn more about the GRESB Real Estate Assessment.

  • The GRESB Real Estate Assessment is suitable for listed property companies, private property funds, developers and investors that invest directly in real estate.

    Learn more about the GRESB Real Estate Assessment.

    GRESB General

  • You can share your GRESB Results with your stakeholders.

    You may not sell, sub-license, or otherwise commercially exploit the Scorecard or Benchmark Report.

    For more details please refer to Clause 3 of GRESB Terms & Conditions.

    We provide GRESB Rating logos and Sector Leader logos that you can add to your website, embed in your email signature or include in your reports, presentations and other communications.

    See the results marketing resources.

    See embargo date for public communications of 2021 results.

  • Real Estate Assessment Data Protection

    Data is submitted to GRESB through a secure online platform. The data is never made public except in anonymized and aggregated form.

    Non-listed real estate entities participating in the Assessment

    As a participating manager, you need to give your explicit consent for GRESB Investor Members to see your data and GRESB Results.

    • Scorecard and Benchmark Report – GRESB Investor Members must request access to your Benchmark Report, in order to see your data and your GRESB Results. This request is made via the GRESB Portal and you are able to accept or deny the request with a simple click. This data is also made available to Investor Members in the Portfolios Analysis Tool and in the Data Exporter.
    • Asset Data – Asset data is reported through the GRESB Asset Portal. GRESB Investor Members are not able to request access to your asset data. If you choose to share this information with all your Investor Members, you can do so directly from the Asset Portal. Please note that you cannot provide access to GRESB Investor Members on a case by case basis.

     

    Listed real estate entities participating in the Assessment 

    • Scorecard and Benchmark Report – GRESB Investor Members automatically have access to your data and GRESB Results. This data is also made available to Investor Members in the Portfolios Analysis Tool and in the Data Exporter.
    • Asset Data – Asset level data is reported through the GRESB Asset Portal. GRESB Investor Members are not able to request access to the asset data.  If you choose to share this information with your Investor Members, you can do so directly from the Asset Portal. Please note that you cannot provide access to GRESB Investor Members on a case by case basis.

    First-year participants can opt-out of allowing GRESB Investors Members to request access to their data and GRESB results. This is referred to as a “Grace Period”.

    Participants can choose whether the documentation uploaded as evidence for various Indicators is shared with Investor Members. This is done by ticking a corresponding checkbox. Otherwise, the evidence is only used for validation purposes.

    Participants also have the option to disclose their scores to peers. This option is available under the reporting-entities data-sharing settings in the Assessment Portal page. By selecting “Yes”, participants agree to disclose their entity’s name and Component Scores with the rest of their peer group participants that have also opted-in. This information is visible in the online version of the Scorecard only and can be accessed by hovering over data points in the GRESB Model. It is important to note that once a participating entity has decided to disclose its score to peers, the action cannot be reversed after the submission deadline has passed.

     


    Infrastructure Assessment data protection

    Data is submitted to GRESB through a secure online platform. The data is never made public except in anonymized and aggregated form.

    Non-listed infrastructure entities participating in the Assessment 

    As a participating manager or operator, you need to give your explicit consent for GRESB Investor Members, or Fund Managers in the case of the Infrastructure Asset Assessment, to see your data and GRESB Results.

    • Scorecard and Benchmark Report – GRESB Investor Members, or Fund Managers in the case of the Infrastructure Asset Assessment, must request access to your Scorecard and Benchmark Report, in order to see your data and your GRESB Results. This request is made via the GRESB Portal and you are able to accept or deny the request with a simple click. This data is also made available to Investor Members in the Portfolios Analysis Tool and in the Data Exporter.

     

    Listed infrastructure entities participating in the Assessment

    • Scorecard and Benchmark Report – GRESB Investor Members, or Fund Managers in the case of the Infrastructure Asset Assessment, automatically have access to your data and GRESB Results. This data is also made available to Investor Members in the Portfolios Analysis Tool and in the Data Exporter.

    First-year participants can opt-out of allowing GRESB Investors Members, or Fund Managers in the case of the Infrastructure Asset Assessment, to request access to their data and GRESB results. This is referred to as a “Grace Period”.

    Participants can choose whether the documentation uploaded as evidence for various Indicators is shared with Investor Members. This is done by ticking a corresponding checkbox. Otherwise, the evidence is only used for validation purposes.

    Participants also have the option to disclose their scores to peers. This option is available under the reporting-entities data-sharing settings in the Assessment Portal page. By selecting “Yes”, participants agree to disclose their entity’s name and Component Scores with the rest of their peer group participants that have also opted-in. This information is visible in the online version of the Scorecard only and can be accessed by hovering over data points in the GRESB Model. It is important to note that once a participating entity has decided to disclose its score to peers, the action cannot be reversed after the submission deadline has passed.


    For more information, please watch the below video, which applies to both Real Estate and Infrastructure.

  • The Personal Data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored, outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”), currently limited to the USA, Singapore, or to authorized employees in Canada, USA and Australia.

    It may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA that work for us or for one of our suppliers, or our parent company based in the United States. Such staff may be engaged in, among other things, the fulfilment of your order, the processing of your payment details and the provision of support services.

    All information you provide to us is stored using a password-protected system managed either by us or by independent contractors appointed by us. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password that enables you to access certain parts of our site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share such passwords with anyone.

  • GRESB has updated its Privacy Statement to reflect changes in data privacy laws, specifically the General Data Protection Regulation in the European Union.

    We’ve added details about your ability to manage the information you share with us, and the new tools we’ve created to help you do that.

    This updated Policy gives you more control over your information and more clearly explains how we use it. Our core commitments regarding your privacy haven’t changed, including the commitment to safeguarding your data.

    In the interest of transparency and additional clarity, we also made some related changes to our Terms and Conditions and have introduced a separate Cookie Policy.

    For more details, you can access:

  • Click here to sign up to the GRESB Newsletter. You’ll receive monthly GRESB news and updates on advancing sustainability best practices in real assets.

  • You can share your feedback with us in several ways:

    • From within the Portal by using the feedback page,
    • Via our Contact form, selecting “Feedback” as your reason for contacting us, and
    • 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.
  • As an industry-led benchmark, Assessment development involves a structured engagement with our governance bodies (Board, Advisory Boards, Benchmark Committees and Industry Working Groups). See more information on our governance bodies.

    The process is informed by in-house data analysis, market research, detailed gap analysis alignment work feedback from Assessment users and engaging with the broader industry that relies on our Assessments and Benchmarks. This approach ensures that our Assessments and benchmarks are shaped and driven by the stakeholders we serve and help move the entire industry closer to our shared vision of sustainable real assets.

  • GRESB assesses and benchmarks the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance of real assets, providing standardized and validated data to the capital markets.

    GRESB Assessments capture information on ESG performance and sustainability best practices for real estate and infrastructure companies, funds and assets worldwide.

    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, PRI, SASB, DJSI, TCFD recommendations, the Paris Climate Agreement, UN SDGs, region and country specific disclosure guidelines.

    Each year reporting to the GRESB Assessments generates the following ESG benchmarks for the industry:

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

     

    Assessment participants receive comparative business intelligence on where they stand against their peers, a roadmap with the actions they can take to improve their ESG performance and a communication platform to engage with investors.

    Investors use the ESG data and GRESB’s analytical tools to monitor their investments, engage with their managers, and make decisions that lead to a more sustainable and resilient real asset industry.

    GRESB has Assessments covering: Real Estate and Infrastructure.

    Download GRESB Real Estate Presentation, October 2019
    Download GRESB Infrastructure Presentation, October 2019

  • GRESB was formerly known as the “Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark” because when we launched in 2009 our focus was on the real estate sector.

    But now that we cover real assets, including infrastructure, our name is simply “GRESB” and we no longer break down the letters into words.

  • GRESB is a mission driven and investor led organization providing standardized and validated Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) data to the capital markets. Established in 2009, GRESB has become the leading ESG benchmark for real estate and infrastructure investments across the world.

    The 2021 real estate benchmark covers more than 1,500 property companies, real estate investment trusts (REITs), funds, and developers. Our coverage for infrastructure includes more than 700 infrastructure funds and assets. Combined, GRESB represents US $5.7 trillion in real asset value.

    The reported ESG data is used by more than 130 institutional and financial investors to monitor investments across portfolios and understand the opportunities, risks and choices that need to be made as the industry transitions to a more sustainable future.

    Learn more about GRESB

    GRESB Portal

  • The following table summarizes the access rights for different types of users.

    RIGHTS EXTERNAL CONTRIBUTOR INTERNAL CONTRIBUTOR INVESTOR RELATIONS MANAGER ACCOUNT MANAGER
    Edit Response x x x x
    View other users x x x x
    Change entity settings x x x x
    Upload documents x x x
    View reports x x x
    View access requests x x
    Invite users x
    Submit assessment x
  • Once logged in, the Account manager can manage the access rights of others by following these steps;

    1. If required, review and accept the terms and conditions.
    2. If there are any new mandatory fields due to changes in the Assessment under Entity Characteristics, you will automatically redirect to the “Manage your entity” where you can answer these.
    3. Make sure that you are in the Assessment Portal by clicking the “Assessment Portal” button on the right-hand side of the page. This will show you the list of the reporting entities you manage or contribute to.
    4. Go to the Access Rights page using the “Access” button in the Assessments Overview page.
    5. To add a contributor, select + Invite new collaborator. This allows you to enter the email address of the contributor and assign access rights. An overview of access levels and corresponding rights can be found by selecting “Learn more about access levels.”
    6. By selecting Invite, the Portal sends out an email with an invitation to contribute to the Assessment response. After accepting the invitation, the Assessment will be displayed to the contributor once they login to the Portal.

  • Each entity has at least one Account Manager who is able to view access requests, invite users to the portal, and manage access rights of other users. If you are not the Account Manager, you need to ask the Account Manager to give you access to a specific asset/entity.

  • Click “View Assessment” in the Assessment Portal. This will take you to the “Entity Characteristics” form. Complete the form as needed.

    Then, under “Previous Years” you can access the Assessments and Reports. You can also generate a PDF version of previous Assessments using the “print” icon.

  • Yes, you can. But you need to provide a cover page with an English summary.

  • Once a document is used in the Assessment, it can be uploaded multiple times using the drop-down list provided in the evidence section under each indicator.

  • The Review Period is designed to strengthen the reliability of the benchmark results.

    The Review Period is open between September 1-15, 2021. It is intended to be used in cases where you believe that there has been incorrect or incomplete data input, or an error in validation or scoring.  The Review Period has now completed, therefore requests can no longer be made.

    Requests are made at the entity level and will be reviewed by GRESB and its third-party validation team, SRI. Submitting the Review Period form means GRESB has permission to invoice the submitter for the amount of EUR 4,000 should one of the following conditions be met:

    • Participant has input incorrect data in the initial submission and would like to amend the indicator response. Note that multiple indicators can be included within the form and are covered by the Review Period fee.
    • Participant has challenged a validation decision for an indicator and upon review by SRI the decision remains unchanged and deemed correct.

    Requests related to incorrect input data can include editing indicator responses (i.e. checkbox selection), providing additional documentation or amending hyperlinks to support the indicator response, or editing performance data that was inadvertently left out in the original submission.  Note that performance data acquired after the initial submission deadline is not an acceptable use of the Review Period.

    If the incorrect data input is applicable to other entities of the same fund manager, only one payment of EUR 4,000 is necessary. For example, if the participant would like to add an additional piece of supporting evidence for PO1 and this evidence is applicable to other entities, only 1 invoice will be necessary as the same validation decision can be applied. However, if one entity would like to add additional evidence for PO1 and the other entity would like to edit the indicator response to PO3, this will result in 2 invoices as validation is separate.

    If the request pertains to a data input change, GRESB will review the requested change and if deemed appropriate, GRESB will reopen the Assessment. The participant can then correct their response and resubmit their Assessment. Note that newly-inputted data is subject to validation and in all cases where the Assessment is reopened, the EUR 4,000 fee will be invoiced.

    The submitter will not be invoiced when:

    • The request to change a data input is rejected following review by GRESB and SRI.
    • The challenge of the validation decision is successful (i.e. the SRI decision is overturned).

    In both cases above the assessment would not be reopened and therefore no invoice would be generated.

    The GRESB team will evaluate the requests on a rolling basis and get back to the participant within 5 working days . The decisions are final and cannot be appealed. We will only take into consideration requests submitted within the official Review Period. Please fill out the Review Period form before September 15, 2021 and attach supporting evidence to support the review process.

     
    Timeline Item
    April 1 – July 1
      • Reporting period
    July 1 – Sept 1
      • Validation period
    August 1 – Sept 1
      • GRESB initial data checks and reporting scope documentation
      • GRESB outlier checks on Performance Indicators
      • GRESB quality and consistency checks on validation process
      • Finalize and run scoring, generate reports and in-house testing
    September 1
      • Launch of preliminary 2021 Real Estate and Infrastructure Assessment results for review by Participants

     

    September
    1 – 15
      • Participants can file official requests for validation or scoring reviews. Requests are made at entity level and will be reviewed by GRESB and its third-party validation team, SRI.
      • GRESB reviews each case individually and communicates the resolution path to the participant within 5 working days.
      • If the request relates to inaccurate input data, GRESB will reopen the relevant Assessments and participants can correct it. Updated data will be validated by GRESB. The fee is payable in all instances, including if the corrected data is not accepted and there has not been any change in scoring. Note that newly-inputted data is subject to validation and in all cases where the Assessment is reopened, the EUR 4,000 fee will be invoiced.
      • If the request relates to an error in validation or scoring , GRESB will evaluate the request and communicate the final result to the participant.
    September
    1 – 22
      • Participants can correct mistakes in their input data. Updated data will be validated by GRESB. The fee is payable in all instances, including if the corrected data is not accepted and there has not been any change in scoring.
      • GRESB can correct any errors in scoring or validation.
      • All re-submissions must be finalized and submitted within 5 working days of GRESB re-opening the Assessment. Failure to meet this deadline will result in the exclusion of any intended updates.
    September 23 – 30
      • GRESB solves any pending validation items and reruns scoring.
      • Final testing round and preparation of sector leaders, etc.
    October 1
      • Launch of 2021 Real Estate and Infrastructure Assessment results for Participants and Investors

     

  • This video walks you through how to use the Fund-Asset table currently available on the GRESB Portal for all GRESB Infrastructure Fund Assessment participants.

  • The Assessment follows a regular annual timeline, with the Portal opening on April 1 each year. Participants complete the Assessment by reporting through the Portal. Prior to finalizing their submission, participants are given the opportunity to request a Response Check to minimize the risk of errors.

    The submission deadline is July 1 each year, which provides participants with a three-month window to complete the Assessment. Once all Assessments have been submitted and the Portal has closed, GRESB begins the process of validating, scoring and benchmarking the submitted data.

  • For participants who had an Assessment the previous year, this year’s Assessment will open with prefilled answers from the previous one.

  • You can request a Response Check once you have completed all sections in the Assessment. We strongly encourage participants to place their request as early as possible each year because there are a fixed number of appointments and it is not uncommon for requests to surpass availability in June.

    Learn more about the Response Check.

  • To log in to the Portal click the green login button at the top right of this page or click here and add your username and password.

    Here are the most common reasons why you may not be able to log in:

    Occasionally, the emails generated by our Portal end up in spam folders. Please check these if you did not receive a password reset email or user registration email.

    Media & Communication

  • 2021 GRESB Infrastructure Results

    GRESB Infrastructure Assessment participants will receive an email on October 1 (by close of business PDT), which lets them know that their individual results are available in the GRESB Portal. Managers receiving recognitions (Sector Leaders, Most Improved, GRESB 5 star and GRESB Infrastructure Fund Managers who achieve a GRESB Score) will also be notified.

    Participants are able to update investors about their results at this time and communicate their results internally.

    When it comes to public communications (such as media releases, social media posts), we ask participants to wait until October 15, 2021, to publicly communicate their results.

    Holding announcements to the embargo allows Industry Partners to coordinate communications among their members and helps us to concentrate media attention around the week of the Results Events.

    Embargo date for public communications of 2021 GRESB Infrastructure Results is October 15, 2021.

    2021 GRESB Real Estate Results

    GRESB Real Estate Assessment participants will receive an email on October 1 (by close of business PDT), which lets them know that their individual results are available in the GRESB Portal. Managers receiving recognitions (Sector Leaders, Most Improved, GRESB 5 star) will also be notified.

    Participants are able to update investors about their results at this time and communicate their results internally.

    When it comes to public communications (such as media releases, social media posts), we ask participants to wait until October 15, 2021, to publicly communicate their results.

    Holding announcements to the embargo allows Industry Partners to coordinate communications among their members and helps us to concentrate media attention around the week of the Results Events.

    Embargo date for public communications of 2021 GRESB Real Estate Results is October 15, 2021.

    Thank you for your support.

  • We will continue to recognize Real Estate entities with a score higher than 50% of the points allocated to each relevant component. Entities with more than 15 points in Management and 35 points in Performance OR 15 points in Management and 35 points in Development will receive the Green Star designation.

    The Green Star designation is only provided for Real Estate Assessment participants.

    The Green Star designation is highlighted through a distinctive markup in the Scorecard and Benchmark Reports. It is not accompanied by a Green Star logo.

    Unlike the GRESB Rating, which is a relative rating, the GRESB Green Star is a rating on absolute performance.

  • The GRESB Rating is based on the GRESB Score and its quintile position relative to all participants in the GRESB Assessment, with annual calibration of the model. If the entity is placed in the top quintile, it will be a GRESB 5 Star rated entity; if it ranks in the bottom quintile, it will be a GRESB 1 Star rated entity, etc.

    As the GRESB Rating is calculated relative to the global performance of reporting entities, it shows you exactly where you stand on a global scale. GRESB 5 Stars is the highest rating and recognition for being an industry leader. Each year, 20% of entities receive a GRESB 5 Star rating. You can use your GRESB Rating Logo in your communications.

  • The GRESB Score is an overall measure of ESG performance – represented as a percentage (100 percent maximum). Your GRESB Score gives you quantitative insight into your ESG performance in absolute terms, over time and against your peers.

  • GRESB Public Results provide an aggregated picture of the state of sustainability in the real estate and infrastructure sector. Given the global reach of our benchmarks, the annual dataset can be used to track sector progress against relevant targets and normative standards and shine a light on what needs to be done to transition to sustainable real assets.

  • GRESB Results provide a practical way for GRESB Participants to understand their ESG performance and communicate that performance to investors and other stakeholders. Some stakeholders will seek high-level scores and key performance drivers, while others will want to review more detailed information. GRESB Results respond to both priorities, providing simple overall scores and absolute measures of performance as well as rich, detailed indicator-level insights and relative peer rankings.

    GRESB Results are available in the GRESB Portal. The two primary reports are the GRESB Scorecard and Benchmark Report.

    The Scorecard provides you with your overall GRESB Score, GRESB Rating and a summary analysis of how your performance compares to your peers.

    The Benchmark Report includes a more in-depth analysis of your sustainability performance, providing the basis for competitive analysis and communication. The report starts with the Scorecard and is followed by indicator-by-indicator information of your ESG performance and how this compares against your peers. The report is designed to help you to identify areas of risk and opportunity, make informed decisions and deepen your engagement with investors. Learn more about the Benchmark Report.

    If you participate with several entities, the Portfolio Analysis Tool allows you to analyze the relative performance of each entity and compare your aggregated portfolio to a self-selected benchmark. The Portfolio Analysis Tool is available to GRESB Members. Learn more about the Portfolio Analysis Tool.

    The Data Exporter provides access to all data points in the Assessments. The datasets are available for download in .csv and .xlsx format so that you can integrate the data more easily with your existing portfolio management systems and use in your own modeling.

    You can also download a report with all your Assessment Responses from the GRESB Portal. The report provides the detail of what you reported and is useful in helping you understand your Scorecard and Benchmark Report.

  • Each year we are excited to recognize and celebrate GRESB Participants from across the world who have inspired us with their leadership and commitment. Recognition include: GRESB Sector Leader, GRESB Most Improved, GRESB 5 star Rated and Infrastructure Fund Managers who achieve a GRESB Score.

    Learn more about how we recognize leadership in the Assessments

  • Read our latest news and releases to discover how we’re working with capital markets to assess the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of real asset investments.

  • GRESB logos can be downloaded from this page.

    GRESB logos and marketing assets are GRESB’s proprietary material and cannot be altered in any way. Please refer to the Branding Guidelines.

  • GRESB logos and assets are proprietary and we ask you to follow our Branding Guidelines.

  • We would be delighted to discuss what you have in mind. Please contact us with an agenda and information on the event participants.

  • GRESB Investor Members, Participant Members, Partners and Industry 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 guidance and editorial calendar.

  • You can share your GRESB Results with your stakeholders.

    You may not sell, sub-license, or otherwise commercially exploit the Scorecard or Benchmark Report.

    For more details please refer to Clause 3 of GRESB Terms & Conditions.

    We provide GRESB Rating logos and Sector Leader logos that you can add to your website, embed in your email signature or include in your reports, presentations and other communications.

    See the results marketing resources.

    See embargo date for public communications of 2021 results.

  • GRESB was formerly known as the “Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark” because when we launched in 2009 our focus was on the real estate sector.

    But now that we cover real assets, including infrastructure, our name is simply “GRESB” and we no longer break down the letters into words.

    Membership & Participation

  • Due to our recent change of ownership, we have made some changes to our billing process. Please take the following information into account when paying your 2021 invoice.

    Payments in Euro can be paid to:
    IBAN: NL07 INGB 0004 8499 91
    BIC: INGBNL2A

    Payments in USD can be paid to:
    IBAN: NL27 INGB 0020 2200 57
    BIC: INGBNL2A

    ING Bank:
    Bank Address: PO Box 1800, 1000 BV Amsterdam, NL
    Beneficiary Name: GRESB B.V.

    We have also updated our fee schedule for 2021. Please find all fees listed here for your reference.

  • Introducing a stable, simpler fee structure

    Over the last months, the GRESB team has reviewed the experience of our Members and Partners in order to improve the value we provide and better serve our growing community.

    After carefully considering the many different investment structures and use cases of GRESB, we are introducing a simpler fee structure that streamlines the GRESB experience.

    Growing the benchmark is central to our mission because with every new participant, peer comparisons become more useful, scores and ratings become more comprehensive and the quality of the entire dataset improves.

    Recognizing this collaborative process, we commit to keeping our annual fees stable for three years for all our Members and Partners.

    See the 2021 Annual Fee Schedule for:

  • GRESB Managers who participated in an Assessment receive an annual invoice at the beginning of the subsequent year. The annual invoice is based on the number of participating entities the prior year.

    If the annual invoice is not paid before April 1, you will be required to pay the participation fee at the time of Assessment submission. Submission is not complete until payment is made.

    If you participate with more entities than is covered by your annual invoice, you can pay for the additional entities at the time of submission. If you know before April 1st that you will participate with a different number of entities than is indicated on your invoice, you can request that your invoice be updated.

  • GRESB Data Partners are a subset of GRESB Partners who help GRESB participants report asset data to the GRESB Asset Portal via the Asset Spreadsheet or GRESB API.

  • GRESB offers 3 main partner categories:

    GRESB Partners are service, solution and data providers working with Assessment participants. Partners can join GRESB at any of three levels – Global Partner, Premier Partner and Partner. Learn more about becoming a GRESB Partner

    GRESB Data Partners are a subset of GRESB Partners who help GRESB participants report asset data to the GRESB Asset Portal via the Asset Spreadsheet or GRESB API.

    GRESB Industry Partners are the leading national, regional and global industry bodies and associations working in real estate and infrastructure sectors. Industry Partners collaborate with GRESB to improve sustainability best practices in real assets. Learn more about becoming a GRESB Industry Partner.

    See GRESB Partner Directory.

  • GRESB has the following categories of membership:

    Investor Membership is for real estate and infrastructure investors interested in accessing high-quality ESG performance data and analytics on their real asset portfolios. Investors use this information to analyze their portfolios for ESG risks, opportunities and impacts and engage with managers on their performance. Learn more about Investor Membership.

    Participant Membership is for real estate and infrastructure managers and asset operators participating in the GRESB Assessments. We recognize all participants as GRESB Participant Members. This underlines the contribution that participants make to our collective vision of sustainable real assets and the collaborative effort that underpins our work. Learn more about Participant Membership.

    See GRESB Investor Members
    See GRESB Participant Members

  • Yes, you can participate in the Assessments with multiple entities.

    A separate Assessment should be submitted for each entity.

    First, register as an individual via the GRESB Portal. Once you have registered, you will be able to add individual entities to the GRESB Portal and complete a GRESB Assessment on behalf of each entity.

  • The GRESB Scorecard and Benchmark Report is available in the GRESB Portal.

    • GRESB Members receive a free Benchmark Report as part of their membership.
    • Participants in the Real Estate Assessment and Infrastructure Fund Assessment paying the flat participation fee receive a free Benchmark Report.
    • The Benchmark Report is available for EUR 4,000 (USD 4,800)
  • Yes, you can discuss your results with a GRESB in a Results Review call. The Results Review provides an in-depth understanding of your GRESB Assessment results, including detailed insight into the validation process and the allocation of points for individual indicators. You can use this information in your discussions with investors and to develop a plan for improving your performance in future years.

    Learn more about the Results Review.

  • 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. Preliminary Results are available on September 1, with the final Assessment Results launched in October.

    View the 2021 Assessment Timeline for an overview of key dates and activities for the 2021 GRESB Assessment Cycle.

  • First-year participants can opt-out of allowing GRESB Investors Members, or Fund Managers in the case of the Infrastructure Asset Assessment, to request access to their data and GRESB results. This is referred to as a “Grace Period”.

    First-year participants wishing to report under the Grace Period can select the option on an entity-by-entity basis from the settings section in the Assessment Portal. Participants who select the “Grace Period” option can decide to unselect the option following receipt of their results. The Grace Period is not available in the second year of participation, regardless of whether it was used in the first year or not.

    The “Grace Period” allows participants a year to familiarize themselves with the GRESB reporting and assessment process. The names of participating entities are still visible during the Grace Period, but GRESB Investor Members, and fund managers in the case of the Infrastructure Asset Assessment, will not be able to request to see their results.

    All participants paying the participation fee (either annually or at the time of submission) will receive Benchmark Reports for all of their reporting entities, whether or not they report an entity under “Grace Period”. As such, participation fees are calculated based on the total number of reporting entities.

    Products & Services

  • Understand and benchmark your assets’ exposure to physical climate risk across multiple scenarios and time frames in the GRESB Portal. Leverage asset-level intelligence for decision-making and investor engagement.

    Learn more about the Climate Risk Platform

  • The GRESB Portfolio Analysis Tool lets you examine the performance of your aggregate portfolio against self-selected benchmarks in order to gain valuable insight into your investments, strategy, and overall ESG performance.

    Learn more about the Portfolio Analysis Tool.

  • Registration
    To enroll for the course, you must first register on the public GRESB website, via the appropriate logo above.
    [This is a different platform than the GRESB Portal, so having a login for the Portal does not mean you already have a login for the website.]

    Choose a username and fill in your email address. You will receive a confirmation email to set your password. Once you have done that, you can enroll in the course by returning to the “Online Training Platform” page.


    Enrolling and logging in

    Fill in your login credentials to enroll in the course. When you have logged in, you will have access to the course content.


    No confirmation email?

    If you do not receive the confirmation email to set your password within a few minutes of registering, please check your Spam folder. Be sure to mark the email as “Not Spam” so that any future emails through the website will arrive in your inbox. Gmail users should also check their Updates or Promotions tab for the confirmation email.

    If you do not receive the email in either your inbox or spam folder, please contact us via the Contact Form.

  • Dedicated to helping you complete your Assessment smoothly and efficiently. The GRESB team is on hand to answer any questions you may have about completing the Assessment.

    Contact us.

  • The “Guidance” tab in the Portal provides guidance for completing the Assessments and improving performance in the future.
  • Provides an in-depth understanding of your GRESB Assessment results, including detailed insight into the validation process and the allocation of points for individual indicators. You can use this information in your discussions with investors and to develop a plan for improving your performance in future years.

    Learn more about the Results Review.

  • A Response Check is a high-level check of your Assessment response prior to final submission. It not only helps to reduce errors that may adversely impact your Assessment results but also ensures that your submission is as complete as possible. You can request a Response Check for all GRESB Assessments and we encourage all participants to do so.

    Learn more about the Response Check.

  • Our goal is to ensure you have a smooth reporting process. The Portal provides a Guidance tab for each indicator in the Assessment outlining the information to provide, we provide free online training, and the GRESB Helpdesk is here to answer your questions.

    In addition, you’ll find the following tools and functionality in the Portal to help you in your reporting:

    • The pre-filling function adds the information you have already provided in previous years.
    • The document section provides an overview of documents you have submitted as evidence.
    • The Portal allows you to upload multiple documents as evidence per indicator, eliminating the need to merge different documentation into one file.
    • You can manage access rights, adding users with different levels of access.
    • We have implemented real-time error detection systems and warnings.
    • Automated data uploads for the Real Estate Assessment are available through the GRESB Asset Portal via the Asset Spreadsheet or GRESB API.  View GRESB Data Partners who can assist with data automation.
    • The Template Tool enables you to copy information across multiple submissions.

    GRESB Partners can help you with your Assessment

    GRESB Partners are leading sustainability consultants and solution providers who can assist you to efficiently complete your Assessment, manage ESG data and advance your ESG performance.

    To identify partners who can help you, search the GRESB Partner Directory by type, region and service.

  • To identify partners who can help you, search the GRESB Partner Directory by type, region and service.

    GRESB Partners are leading sustainability consultants and solution providers who can assist you to efficiently complete your Assessment, manage ESG data and advance your ESG performance

  • The Carbon Risk Real Estate Monitor (CRREM) provides the real estate industry with transparent, science-based decarbonization pathways aligned with the Paris Climate Goals of limiting global temperature rise to 2°C, with ambition towards 1.5°C.

    For more information, see our CRREM page.

  • The purpose of data validation is to encourage best practices in data collection and reporting. It is a vital element in GRESB’s work to provide high-quality data to Investor Members and the fund managers and companies completing the Assessments.

    Learn more about validation.

  • The template tool enables responses to be copied across multiple submissions.

  • The Data Exporter provides access to all data points in the Assessments. The datasets are available for download in .csv and .xlsx format so that you can integrate the data more easily with your existing portfolio management systems and use in your own modeling.

    Learn more about the Data Exporter.

  • The GRESB Benchmark Report provides an in-depth analysis of the sustainability performance of a company, fund or asset participating in the GRESB Assessments. The report starts with the Scorecard – with GRESB Score, GRESB Rating and a summary analysis of performance – and is followed by an indicator-by-indicator comparison of how you perform against your peers. It is designed to help investors and managers to identify areas of risk and opportunity and deepen your engagement with investors.

    Learn more about the Benchmark Report.

  • The Scorecard provides you with an overall GRESB score, GRESB Rating and a summary analysis of performance. The Scorecard is the first section of the GRESB Benchmark Report.

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