GRI sustainability reports
Reporting according to GRI
The political and social pressure on companies to disclose sustainability aspects is increasing. Since 2017, sustainability reporting has been mandatory for all listed companies, banks and insurance companies in the EU with more than 500 employees on an annual average. This is not enshrined in law in Switzerland, but on the Swiss stock exchange, SIX Exchange Regulation, companies can announce that they prepare a sustainability report according to internationally recognised guidelines (e.g. Global Reporting Initiative, GRI; European Public Real Estate Association Best Practices Recommendations on Sustainability Reporting (EPRA Sustainability BPR), etc.).
Those companies affected by the legislation will be required in the future to disclose their strategies, risks and results with respect to environmental, social and employee concerns, as well as all relevant data with respect to human rights, anti-corruption measures and management and supervisory-level diversity. The companies are to be allowed to document this information using the appropriate international, European or national guidelines of their choice (e.g. Global Reporting Initiative, GRI).
Benefits of sustainability reporting
- Reputation, commitment, competitive advantage
- Vision and strategy
- Employee loyalty
- Management awareness
- Availability of all key data at a glance
- Market benchmarking within the sector
- Inclusion of stakeholders
- Management system
Our range of services
Would you like to draft a sustainability report for your enterprise? We would be delighted to support you with this important enterprise project. Our services include:
- Consulting to facilitate the process of drafting the sustainability report
- Support in the context of data surveys
- Data evaluation with the right tool
- Drafting of the sustainability report (e.g. as per GRI guidelines)
- Submission of the report to the inspection office (GRI)
- Development of a sustainability strategy
- Identification and implementation of measures to enhance sustainability performance
Sustainable development means taking account of today's generation without thereby preventing future generations from meeting their own needs.
It is therefore essential to strive for real estate solutions that are socially, ecologically and economically sustainable and that take account of the needs of the building users. Sustainable real estate means security for the future. The practice of adhering to continuously developing standards and specifications offers a promising approach.
In striving to achieve sustainability, we pursue the following goals:
- The protection of human health (light, noise, ambient air, etc.)
- The allocation of financial resources for investment in real estate
- The protection of society's social and cultural values
- The minimisation of energy consumption and greenhouse gases
- The conservation of resources and the basis of our existence (energy, building materials, soil, air, water)
Our range of services:
- Guiding principles and strategies for buildings and sites
- Energy standards and sustainability (2000 Watt Society, Efficiency Path, etc.)
- Energy sustainability certificates: Minergie (P, A, ECO), LEED, DGNB, SGNI
- Energy and sustainability concepts (site, buildings, building systems engineering, operations)
- Green building (strategies, design and certificates)
- Sustainability ratings for buildings and sites
- Materials and building ecology (grey energy, hazardous substances, etc.)
- Architectural design competition procedures: definitions, specifications, preliminary reviews, jury selection
- Applied research: development of drafting and design instruments, feasibility studies
Sustainable real estate management
The additional consideration of relevant sustainability criteria in real estate management helps to lower your portfolio risk while ensuring constant or even higher returns.
Normative level: basic principles and objectives
Our approach is based on the normative principles that are applicable and/or are anticipated to become applicable in Switzerland and around the world, including the SIA, EU and ISO (International Organization for Standardization). Working on behalf of and in consultation with public and private-sector investors, we develop appropriate target definitions and standards for your enterprise or portfolio structure.
Strategic level: specifications and guidelines
Using precise quantitative and qualitative objectives as a basis, we work together with you to develop an appropriate strategy and also to formulate this strategy in a set of guidelines.
We use a tool that we developed precisely for this purpose to quickly and efficiently carry out the segmentation of all of the properties in your portfolio and to thereby create a basis for the quantification of the development potential.
Operative level: rating procedures and corrective actions
We work with proven criteria catalogues to arrive at reliable appraisals of individual properties. The properties whose ratings are not satisfactory are subject to special detailed appraisals involving the application of the tool at a deeper level. The result is then used to draft a strategic report specifying the areas where corrective measures are to be implemented:
- Structural quality
- Operating costs (space efficiency)
- Health and well-being
- Design and use
- Energy and ecology
Energy management as per ISO 50001
The Amstein +Walthert Company has obtained certification as per ISO 50001 for the energy management of the Andreasstrasse 5, Zurich site. The basic aim of the ISO 50001 standard is the constant improvement of energy performance within a company.
We would also be delighted to help you introduce an effective energy management system.
Zurich Energy Forum
Amstein + Walthert has managed the offices of the Zurich Energy Forum for years.
The Zurich Energy Forum (Forum Energie Zürich) is an association of enterprises whose aim is to promote the exchange of knowledge among experts. The association offers specialists (e.g. engineers, planners, architects and developers) an opportunity to participate in training programmes and professional conventions. The Forum is an important platform for professional discourse on energy-related subjects such as the sustainable use of energy throughout the life cycles of buildings or districts.
We are always interested in the latest developments.
Competence centre 2000 Watt Society
The 2000 Watt Society has emerged in recent years as a benchmark for all stakeholders in Switzerland who are active in planning the future of energy supply. Federal, cantonal, city, municipal and trade-association representatives are all working together to work out the details of this energy-supply goal.
The 2000 Watt Society Competence Centre was founded in December 2012 in connection with these developments. Represented in the three main language regions of Switzerland, the aim of the CC is to provide clear and competent information about the goals and instruments of the 2000 Watt Society. The activities, commitment and know-how of experts, interest groups and private individuals is to be bundled and coordinated so as to help increase public awareness of this important vision.