Today we are proudly presenting our Responsible Investment Report 2019, but before looking back at 2019, we want to address the unprecedented times our world is going through currently. To date COVID-19 has had a severe impact on our lives, our business and the society at large for six months already. We are fully aware that we are faced with the enormous challenge to recover from the impact COVID-19 has left us with. Hopefully, whilst re-building our economies and society, we will all use this as an opportunity to make some structural changes in our behaviour that will contribute to making our business more sustainable.
2019 was an exciting year for us, as we celebrated our 20th anniversary. The end of last year also marked the beginning of a new phase as we decided to expand our horizon and broaden our investment scope beyond retail and residential. To confirm our new strategic direction a new mission statement was created: Your trusted partner in urban real estate.
2019 was also the year in which we committed to making our entire portfolio Net Zero Carbon by 2040. We call this our Mission 2040. To a large extent, formulating this mission and our long-term sustainability goals was employee-driven. They play a key role in our sustainability and corporate responsibility programme. Sustainability is in the DNA of our people and that is something we are proud of. Watch this short video to see for yourself.
We invite you to read our full story in the 2019 Responsible Investment Report, which is now available on our improved sustainability platform sustainability.redevco.com.
We’d like to stress that all we do is only possible due to the help of our stakeholders, from our shareholders and investor clients, to governments and international institutions, from our tenants to our suppliers and partners – both big corporate companies and small and medium sized enterprises – and of course our employees and eventually the end consumers. In other words: all of you. Thank you!
Andrew Vaughan Clemens Brenninkmeijer
CEO Redevco Head of Sustainable Business Operations