Fiera Real Estate UK ESG Video

Published April 27, 2021

Fiera Real Estate’s UK division recognises the importance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and acknowledges that embracing principles of ESG and responsible investment also helps position the firm to effectively address shifting regulatory, environmental and societal issues – considerations that have become increasingly important in terms of attracting and retaining clients and partners. Visit our Responsible Investment Page to read more

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Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time.

In 2019, the UK Government declared a climate emergency and became the first major economy to pass net zero emission law, requiring the reduction of all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.

At Fiera Real Estate, we recognise that our sector must play its role in reducing emissions, which includes embedding climate risk into all financial and investment decision making.

We champion the integration of ESG factors throughout the business and our investment process.

Our credibility as a sustainable house is rooted in the specialist knowledge and experience of our unique operating partner network.

We hold an A star rating from the UN-backed principles for Responsible Investment and GRESB green star ratings which showcase our performance benchmarked against our peers.

We are committed to being responsible, resilient and engaged.

We aim to provide our occupiers with assets which respond to the sustainability, health and wellbeing challenges which we are facing today.

Our automatic data harvesting improves the collection of tenant utility data and coupled with green lease clauses, this allows us to better understand the sustainability performance of our assets and set meaningful performance targets for the buildings we manage.

Data analytics and ESG combine as powerful allies in our proprietary Asset Risk Scoring model which we use to improve investment performance and manage risk.

We bring together the investor, the funder, the developer and occupier in a virtuous green circle to ensure that buildings are designed, constructed and operated to create positive impacts on our climate and environment.

This is demonstrated by Planetary Road in Wolverhampton, which is set to achieve a BREEAM Excellent Rating.

We set industry leading targets and all of our projects in development have a target of BREEAM Excellent and an EPC rating of A.

We recognise the need for affordable homes with 300+ units in the pipeline and we aim to use local labour, local materials, and low emitting carbon materials on all developments.

We strive to create communities around our developments, including amenities to enhance the lives for the occupants and incorporate feedback from locals into the design of our buildings.

In Bristol, our award winning Finzels Reach Scheme created the Aurora office building in 2018, the first building outside of London to achieve BREEAM Outstanding certification. The next office in the scheme,

We recognise the importance of our social impact and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we let our ex-military hospital in Surrey to the NHS as a temporary 300-bed hospital to help meet the local needs for healthcare facilities.

In addition to this, we hold a Platinum Quality Mark from the Charities Trust Payroll Giving Scheme and we are a foundation partner in LandAid, a charity that combats youth homelessness who we have raised over £75,000 for over the last three years.

Our accreditation as a Real Living Wage Employer represents a further step on our social impact pathway and supports our commitments to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

We strive to deliver our investors and occupiers with resilient portfolios that positively impact the wellbeing of our planet, people and communities.

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