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    A unified standard needed to take ESG to the next level

    Since COVID-19 hit the world in an unexpected way, it has demonstrated to corporates that the easily neglected ‘non-financial’ factors are indeed equally important to long-term sustainability of businesses. The concern on ESG issues is higher than ever before.

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    Data Collection for ESG Reporting and its role in creating Smarter and more Sustainable Cities

    The impetus towards ESG reporting and accountability has largely been led by investors. However, reporting is about more than just meeting targets and succeeding on benchmarks. The data collected as part of the ESG reporting process can be used to enhance the customer experience for tenants, making real estate assets more attractive.

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    New Practices of ESG Reporting in Digital Era

    ESG reporting is a fundamental component of the entire ESG value chain. As an important communication channel with stakeholders including shareholders and investors, it serves as one of the major sources of ESG data and functions. With the growing demand for quality ESG data, tightened regulations towards ESG reporting have been applied in many Stock Exchanges around the world to ensure listed companies provide decision-useful data.

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    Paving The Road Ahead: Outlining the Strategic Direction of the GRESB Assessment

    Our shared future success depends on our ability to drive more sustainable outcomes across more assets faster, and to do this at a global level. Our new organizational structure is ready for this challenge. We have the right people in GRESB BVs Management Board, while the establishment of the GRESB Foundation is now well underway. […]

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    Is the sustainability report the right place for storytelling?

    Storytelling is how people naturally communicate. Within your sustainability report, it is a means of communication, using narrative techniques surrounding employees, the organisation, the past and visions for the future, social bonding and work itself, to build in the reader a new point-of-view or reinforce an opinion or behaviour. Storytelling

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    The Future of ESG Reporting & GRESB

    Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting has gained considerable traction in recent years, underpinned by growing interest from investors at both international and local level.

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    Investing in Health, Well-Being and Equity: The Time is Now

    We all saw what happened next: because companies could measure progress, and investors could reward it, buildings got greener, fast. Better metrics and more attention helped real estate companies construct and operate buildings in ways that support the health of our planet.

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    PREA Real Estate Investment Management ESG Awards

    PREA today announced the winners of the inaugural PREA Real Estate Investment Management ESG
    Awards.

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    The Indoor Generation: Creating Green Buildings for our Health & Wellbeing

    The places we live have become simultaneously our home, our office, our schools, our gym, and more. Whilst being at home has played a key role in protecting our health from the spread of the coronavirus, our homes are not always supportive of our well-being.

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    Social Risk and Resilience

    Resilience Insights Series: Part 5 Discussions of climate risk sometimes become highly technical and abstract. It is easy to lose sight of the fact that climate change is having real impacts on people’s lives. These are matters of life and death. Decisions that are made around managing real assets matter, not just to the bottom […]

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    Toolkit for Managing Climate Risk and Resilience

    Pandemics, geopolitics, technological change, urbanization, climate change, and demographic change all present significant threats, but they also pose opportunities for those with the foresight and agility to invest in resilience. The International Standards Organization defines organizational resilience as “the ability to absorb and adapt in a changing environment.” Building resilience requires understanding and proactively managing risk, while at the same time building adaptive capacity.

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    Leading Resilient Organizations

    Resilience Insights Series: Part 3 Building resilience in a time of uncertainty does not happen magically. It requires the ability to gather and integrate many different types of information, and then use that information in a purposeful and consistent way to make decisions. This must then be translated into clear mandates from company leadership and […]

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    Climate Risk in Context

    Every day, more companies are seeking to measure and manage their climate risk. Investors are familiar with the key concepts of risk and have tools and approaches to factor the riskiness of investment decisions into their value propositions and deals. However, climate change raises many new dimensions for the industry that need to be understood in context.

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    GRESB and BREEAM announce winners for the GRESB BREEAM Asia Awards recognising responsible real estate investments in Asia

    On the afternoon of Mar 3, 2021, at the BRE China Awards and BREEAM 30th Anniversary held at The Langham Shanghai, GRESB and BREEAM announced the winners for the inaugural GRESB BREEAM Asia Awards recognizing responsible investments in real estate in Asia. There were three award categories this year. The Best Performing Entity award recognized […]

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    GRESB Data Partner update

    We’re pleased to be starting a new year at GRESB energized and ready to go. With the formation of the GRESB Foundation now well underway, new appointments to our Management Board and the expertise and dedication of our growing network of Members and Partners, we’re ready to work with industry to accelerate progress on the transition to sustainable real assets at the scale and speed that is now required.

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    Water; Go With the Flow… And Manage It Well

    A basic premise of building water systems is that water should flow as much as possible, avoiding water stagnation. Water left to age inside pipes and fixtures loses its disinfectant abilities, allowing microbes to flourish, and reacts with pipe walls to leach compounds. So what happens after the unexpected building shutdowns due to COVID-19? As these pandemic times stretch on, we are beginning to better understand the answers.

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    The Future ready business of water SECURITY: preparing for the next drought

    Australia began 2020 in the grip of a brutal drought and fighting unprecedented bushfires. As communities looked to desalination as the answer for water supply problems, it began to rain and then the pandemic hit. In this article, Grant Gabriel, an Associate Water Supply Engineer with WSP, discusses the imperative for making water security a […]

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    Using existing data to find water-saving potential: three concrete examples

    Water is a rare and precious resource and the fight against wasting it is a key issue. Running a building produces a large amount of data on water consumption. All of this valuable data can be used to review your water consumption, make comparisons with your peers or even detect possible leaks. In this article, […]

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