GRESB Foundation

The GRESB Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organization (incorporated as a Dutch stichting) that sets global standards for assessing the environmental, social and governance performance of real estate, infrastructure and other assets.

GRESB governance

Led by a Foundation Board composed of representatives from GRESB Members and Partners, the GRESB Foundation is the primary platform for GRESB to engage with the industry, owning and governing the standards upon which GRESB BV – a separate profit-for-purpose benefit corporation – performs its assessments.

The GRESB Foundation, GRESB BV and GRESB Members work as one to deliver a shared vision of an investment community that plays a central role in creating a more sustainable world, one where society can meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.

The Role of the GRESB Foundation

As an independent standards-setting body, the GRESB Foundation works to develop, maintain, improve and publish GRESB Standards annually, in time for GRESB BV to perform its assessments.

Specifically, the GRESB Foundation:

  • Facilitates active industry engagement and consensus on the GRESB Standards
  • Ensures that the standards are feasible and can be practically implemented
  • Provides inclusive representation across GRESB Members and Partners
  • Ensures that the standards continually evolve to advance the foundation’s mission

The GRESB Standards

The GRESB Standards are a set of guidelines to assess and benchmark ESG and related performance of real and other assets. As such, the GRESB Standards will provide a globally recognized and consistent means of assessing and benchmarking the ESG performance of assets and portfolios. The Standards include the questions, evidence and indicators to assess ESG performance, including the weighting of the indicators.

The GRESB Foundation focuses on the development and approval of the GRESB Standards. GRESB BV uses the Standards to assess the ESG performance of participants, including applying quality validation, scoring and benchmarking.

The GRESB Foundation Board

The GRESB Foundation’s formal decision-making body, the GRESB Foundation Board is composed of the following GRESB Members and Partners who each serve a two-year term (which began in January 2022):

  • Esther An, City Developments Limited
  • Matt Christensen, AllianzGI
  • Mathieu Elshout, PATRIZIA
  • Vincent Felteau, PSP Investments
  • Patrick Kanters, APG Asset Management
  • Maarten Jennen, PGGM
  • Kathleen Jowett, LaSalle Global Partner Solutions
  • Helena Olin, AP2
  • Will MacAulay, HESTA
  • Dominique Moerenhout, EPRA
  • Mary Nicholson, Macquarie Asset Management
  • Deborah Ng, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
  • Alison Schneider, Alberta Investment Management Corporation

Supporting the GRESB Foundation

The work of the GRESB Foundation is supported by a number of committees and working groups.

  • The Real Estate Standards Committee works to oversee the development and maintenance of the GRESB Real Estate Standard, reporting directly to the Foundation Board.

    Real Estate Standards Committee

    • Abigail Dean, Nuveen Real Estate
    • Dan Grandage, Abrdn
    • Helen Gurfel, CBRE
    • Ryuichi Horie, CSR Design
    • Nina James, Blackstone
    • Fulya Kocak, Nareit
    • Grace Kwok, AEC Group
    • Olivia Muir, UBS
    • Aleksandra Njagulj, DWS Group
    • Clementine Pacitti, Klepierre
    • Andrea Palmer, PGGM
    • Rob Simpson, Ivanhoe Cambridge
    • Peter van den Tol, MN
    • Derk Welling, APG Asset Management
    • John White, Heitman LLC
  • The Infrastructure Standards Committee works to oversee the development and maintenance of the standards, reporting directly to the GRESB Foundation Board.

    Infrastructure Standards Committee

    • Tricia Burnell, Alinda Capital Partners
    • Jon Collinge, Morrison & Co
    • Tomas Dauden, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
    • Chandra Eastwell, Macquarie Group
    • Adam Kirkman, AMP Capital
    • Neil Krawitz, Arcus Infrastructure Partners
    • Anne-Noelle Le Gal, Vantage Infrastructure
    • Manuel Rodríguez, AINDA Energia & Infraestructura
    • Alexandra Ruecker, Allianz Capital Partners
    • Katherine Sherwin, BlackRock
    • Ainsley Simpson, Infrastructure Sustainability Council
    • Lawrence Slade, Global Infrastructure Investor Association
    • Jags Walia, Van Lanschot Kempen
  • The Real Estate and Infrastructure Expert Resource Groups support the work of the GRESB Foundation by providing technical expertise, industry resources and guidance through various Working Groups, called as they are needed.

    Real Estate Expert Resource Group 

    • Mari Aanesen, CBRE Investment Management
    • Matthew Aberant, WSP
    • Ada Arevalo, Impact Capital
    • Daniel Baldauf, Schneider Electric
    • René Barownick, Caleus
    • Stephanie Barr, Harrison Street
    • Michèle Bolliger, Credit Suisse Asset Management (Switzerland) Ltd
    • Claire Bradbury, Carbon Intelligence
    • Tsilah Burman, CBRE Investment Management
    • Marine Calmettes, Frasers Property industrial
    • Angus Chan, Alliance Advisors
    • Michael Chang, Host Hotels & Resorts
    • Chewy Chang, Dexus
    • Jorge Chap, Green Building Council of Australia
    • Poonam Datar, Cleaning Accountability Framework
    • Sophie de Malefette, AXA IM
    • Wietse de Vries, Almazara
    • Anna Denell, Vasakronan AB
    • Lissa Engle, Berkeley Capital Group [BCG]
    • Harry Etra, HXE Partners
    • Eli Faid, Goodman
    • Zifeng Feng, The University of Texas at El Paso
    • James Fisher, BRE Group
    • Katie Fluence, RE Tech Advisors
    • Joanna Frank, Center for Active Design
    • Bob Fynan, QIC GRE
    • Joel Gehler, Longevity Partners
    • Christina Georgiadou, BRE
    • Martin Gettings, Brookfield Asset Management
    • Ethan Gilbert, Prologis, Inc.
    • William Goodrum, Echelon Energy
    • Steve Goossens, APG Asset Management
    • Iris Hagdorn, HIH Invest Real Estate GmbH
    • Graham Halsall, ONE Properties
    • Shawn Hesse, International Living Future Institute
    • David Hodgins, Sustento Group LLC
    • Sophia Holighaus, Frasers Property Industrial
    • Ali Hoss, Triovest
    • Snigdha Jain, Turley
    • Phil Jonckheer, Keepfactor
    • Lefébure Juliette, AXA IM
    • Sean Kahn, Rest Super
    • Sara Karerat, Center for Active Design
    • Hideki Kobayashi, Mitsubishi Estate Co.,LTD
    • Grace Kwok, Allied Sustainability and Environmental Consultants Group Limited
    • James LEE, iContinuum Group, LLC
    • Valmond Liew, Lendlease
    • Oliver Light, Carbon Intelligence
    • Jessica Long, Nuveen Real Estate
    • Katherine Lundevall, AXA Investment Managers
    • Christopher Maddern, Schneider Electric
    • Hanae Maed, CSR Design Green Investment Advisory, Co, Ltd.
    • Rebeca Mantovaneli, BuildingMinds
    • Christian Mirabella, MindClick
    • Philipp Müller, LaSalle Investment Management
    • Greg Munford, Guardians of New Zealand Superfund
    • David Natt, Avanath Capital
    • Ridhima Nayyar, RioCan
    • Georgie Nelson, abrdn
    • Conan O’Connor, Energy Profiles Limited
    • Anna Maria Pacini, DeA Capital Real Estate SGR
    • Susanne Marttila, KGAL
    • Gautami Palanki, The Howard Hughes Corporation
    • Jeffrey Palmer, JLL
    • Stephen Penston, Quinn & Partners
    • Bethan Phillips, Verco
    • Christine Pout, BRE
    • Mary Power, Lendlease
    • Daniele Pronestì, CDP – Cassa Depositi e Prestiti
    • Jonathan Przybylski, Vonovia SE
    • Chris Pyke, U.S. Green Building Council
    • Alexandra Rieckhoff, ISPT
    • Alejandro Romero, BRE
    • Ruth Rózpide, Mace Group
    • Peng Peng Sia, Fosun Hive Capital Management
    • Tim Simopoulo, Colliers
    • Jag Singh, Cadillac Fairview
    • Hannah Slodounik, WSP
    • Melissa Smith, Sun Communities
    • Andy Smith, S2 Partnership
    • Alex Steel, Verco
    • Simon Sui, FGB Studio
    • Tomoko Takagi, CSR Design Green Investment Advisory, Co, Ltd.
    • Andrew Thai, Frasers Property Australia
    • Joanna Tomlinson, EVORA Global
    • Brian Trainor, Heitman
    • Martijn Vlasveld, CBRE Investment Management
    • Emily Wei, HXE Partners
    • Kelly Worden, U.S. Green Building Council

    Infrastructure Expert Resource Group

    • Ioannis Armaos, BlackRock
    • Kaj Bakker, Arcus Infrastructure Partners LLP
    • Joseph Bensadon, AXA IM
    • Sabine Chalopin, Denham Capital
    • Gwen Colin, Vauban Infrastructure Partners
    • Alejandro Delmar, HXE Partners
    • Cederik Engel, CCE Holding GmbH
    • Geoffrey Fudurich, Quinn & Partners
    • Kerry Griffiths, Infrastructure Sustainability Council
    • Julien Guillaume, Spitha Pyxida
    • Shinae Haidley, AMP Capital
    • Karen Hill, abrdn
    • Christina Hughes, HRL Morrison & Co
    • Erik Joustra, NN Group N.V.
    • Sean Kahn, Rest Super
    • Grace Kwok, Allied Sustainability and Environmental Consultants Group Limited
    • Roger Lewis, River & Mercantile
    • Susanne Marttila, KGAL GmbH & Co. KG
    • Saki Nagita, CSR Design Green Investment Advisory, Co., Ltd.
    • Olivia Pitt HRL, Morrison & Co
    • Ruairi Revell, abrdn
    • Natalie Sinha, UBS Asset Management
    • Lisa Tomaschek, abrdn
    • Amanda Wallace, J.P. Morgan Investment Management
    • Benjamin Watkins, Longevity Partners Ltd

Creating a roadmap for GRESB Standards and Assessments

In 2021, the GRESB Foundation launched an 18-month stakeholder engagement process to create a shared vision for future GRESB Standards and to develop a five-year roadmap with all GRESB Members and Partners for implementation. Read more about our Five-Year Roadmap.

Learn More

For information on roles within the GRESB Foundation, please see the terms of reference for:

For GRESB Members and Partners interested in joining an Expert Resource Group, please find more information here.

Watch this video to learn more about the GRESB Foundation.