SHAM and SHR aim to provide “sustainable living basis” for residents and “sustainable bases of operation” of tenant companies by conducting real estate investment management with due consideration given to the environment, society and governance (collectively referred to as “ESG”) in recognition of the shared responsibility to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society in accordance with the “Sustainable Vision” advocated by Sekisui House, the sponsor of SHAM and SHR.
SHAM has established a Sustainability Policy, as set out below, and observes and implements these principles throughout all its business activities.
Our Sustainability Committee also sets targets, and periodically measures compliance and the effectiveness of measures we have taken and examines improvements.
- 1.Compliance with ESG-related Laws, Regulations and Rules
We implement in-house training for the purpose of enhancing knowledge with regard to ESG-related laws, regulations and rules, and abide by such laws, regulations and rules in conducting real estate investment management with considerations given to ESG.
- 2.Initiatives for a Low-carbon Society and the Efficient Use of Energy
To plan for the achievement of a low-carbon society and actively promote the efficient use of energy, we have set reduction targets for energy use at the properties held by SHR in accordance with laws and regulations and shall follow a plan-do-check-act (PDCA) cycle to achieve the targets.
- 3.Water and Resource Saving Measures
We shall actively contribute to the creation of a recycling-based society by promoting measures and public awareness activities for reducing water use and implementing the three Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle) in relation to resources.
In accordance with the “Gohon no ki”( Five Trees ) Planning promoted by Sekisui House, Ltd., we conduct maintenance and management of planting and other greenery measures, centering on tree species with consideration given to the native vegetation and other ecosystem matters. By doing so, we aim to realize harmony with the nature and the surrounding environment.
- 5.Comfort and Safety
We shall provide high quality homes where residents of residential properties can lead their lives in comfort, and convenient, safe and comfortable spaces that contribute to enhancing the productivity of tenant companies in commercial properties.
We will also promote the installation of facilities to ensure that residents can live safely and securely in the event of a disaster and the provision of “sustainable bases of operation” to tenant companies with considerations given to their business continuity plans (BCPs).
- 6.Contributing to Regions and Communities
We create activity and prosperity by cooperating with local events and through other means, in an effort to find common interests with the regions and communities as well as to invigorate them.
- 7.Cooperation with Stakeholders
To implement initiatives based on this policy, we shall strive to cooperate with property management companies and other partners, residents of residential properties, tenant companies and facility users of commercial properties, and other stakeholders.
- 8.Supply Chain Management
We adopt the perspectives of green procurement and corporate social responsibility in our investment and management operations in order to promote ESG awareness through our supply chains.
- 9.Information Disclosure
While regularly monitoring our action measures, etc. regarding ESG, we disclose information concerning sustainability performance on our website and through other media. In addition, we will continue our efforts to acquire environmental certification and recognition from outside assessment agencies.
Signing of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
Since SHR and SHAM have conducted real estate investment management taking ESG into consideration to realize a sustainable society and believe that such initiatives share objectives with the Principles for Responsible Investment (“PRI”) advocating incorporation of ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes, SHAM decided to support the basic approaches of the PRI and became a signatory in March 2019 as an asset management company. In becoming a signatory institution, we will commit ourselves to the goals set in the PRI and further deepen our ESG initiatives.
Expressed Support for the UN Global Compact
Sekisui House Group, which SHAM belongs, has spelled out our commitment to respective human rights in the Sekisui House Group Corporate Code of Conduct and Corporate Ethics Guidelines, which are the explicit foundations of our corporate activities. Further, Sekisui House Group has expressed support for the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact.
SHAM became a GRESB (or Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark) member in June 2018.
By becoming a member, SHAM plans to strengthen relations with investors and to improve the ESG initiatives of SHR and SHAM through exposure to the initiatives of other global ESG leaders.
Initiatives of SHAM
SHAM, as a member of the Sekisui House Group which is aiming to be a leading company in ESG management, shall conduct real estate investment management with due consideration given to the ESG in accordance with the Sustainable Vision advocated by Sekisui House and the Sustainability Policy established by SHAM and SHR.
We recognize that our employees are an important management resource, and are implementing the following initiatives.
For details, please refer to the SHR’s website.
- ・Promoting Diversity
- ・Initiatives on Cultivation of Human Resources
- ・Creating a Comfortable Working Environment
- ・Employee Satisfaction Survey
- ・Internal Reporting System and Whistleblower Protection
- ・Promoting Employment of the Elderly
- ・Promoting Work-Life Balance
- ・Initiatives for the Health of Employees
- ・Improvement of Operational Efﬁciency and Productivity Utilizing IT
- ・Social Contribution Activities