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Report of Executive Board of Directors

Sustainability performance

At Bouwinvest, we believe that we cannot ensure long-term successful investments without taking the needs of society into account, as the two are inextricably linked. To make sure we are making the maximum effort to ensure healthy societal and financial returns, we monitor our investment and operational performance using the internationally accepted GRESB benchmark.

Highlights sustainability performance 2019

  • We improved our GRESB score by five points to 93 points and retained our GRESB 5-star rating

  • 100% BREEAM certified assets, whereof 98% has a minimum of GOOD rating

  • 76% green label office portfolio (69% A-label) with an average energy index of 1.02

  • Approx. 483 kWp solar power installed on offices by year-end 2019, well on track in terms of targets

  • Energy reduction of 10.2% realised in 2019 (like-for-like) and a 7.8% reduction of GHG emissions

  • 36 rental contracts with a sustainability clause (Green lease)

  • 100% of building sites registered under the Dutch Considerate Constructors scheme

Highly sustainable fund

In 2019, the Fund retained its GRESB 5-star rating and increased its overall score by five points to 93 points from 88 in 2018. The Fund outperformed more than 80% of its peers on the amount of technical building assessments conducted, the percentage of renewable energy generated and water reuse and recycling.

The improvement in our score was based on BREEAM labels and tenant satisfaction in the field of energy, water, waste and health, increased renewable energy through the use of solar panels and thermal systems and the implementation of a water storage system, or ‘Polderdak’, at WTC The Hague. In addition, we provided assurance on our environmental data and installed an Environmental Management System aligned with ISO 14001. Opportunities for a future improvements include policies on social issues, such as child labour, diversity, forced or compulsory labour, occupational safety, asset level safety for tenants, labour management relationships, stakeholder engagement and worker rights.

Plan on continued improvement of the Fund's sustainability performance

Annual improvement of overall GRESB score

+ 5 points (93/100),
5 out of 5 star rating.

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