We're thrilled to announce that we have recently received our first GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark) rating of four stars. But what does this rating mean, how did we achieve it, and what does it mean for our ongoing efforts to promote sustainability in our data centres?
The GRESB rating is an industry-leading global benchmark for assessing the sustainability performance of real estate companies and funds. More specifically, it assesses a range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors that are relevant to particular sectors. These factors include everything from greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency to community engagement and board diversity. By measuring and comparing the ESG performance of different organisations, GRESB helps investors and other stakeholders make more informed decisions about sustainability.
GRESB ratings are based on rigorous, objective data collection and analysis. To participate in the benchmark, we were required to provide detailed information about our sustainability practices, policies and performance, as well as undergoing a thorough assessment by independent evaluators. Based on this data, GRESB gives participating organisations a rating from one to five stars, with five indicating the highest level of sustainability performance.
For us, this achievement is the result of many years of hard work and dedication to sustainability. We have always taken a holistic approach to sustainability, integrating ESG considerations into everything from our workplace practices to our facilities management. We have also invested in employee engagement and working collaboratively with stakeholders to advance shared sustainability goals.
So what does our GRESB rating mean for us?
Achieving our first GRESB four-star rating is a significant milestone for us as an organisation. First and foremost, our four-star rating is a recognition of the hard work and dedication of our entire team to sustainably managing our operations and promoting ESG practices across our industry, and it shows our progress to date and validates our commitment to sustainability. It also provides a valuable benchmark that we can use to track our performance over time and identify areas where we can continue to improve. Perhaps most importantly, it sends a clear message to our stakeholders and clients that we take sustainability seriously and are committed to doing our part to address global ESG challenges.
Increasingly, businesses are acknowledging the need to prioritise ESG concerns alongside financial performance. We understand the importance of mitigating environmental impact in this digital age and, through our state-of-the-art data centre facilities and environmentally efficient infrastructure, are helping our clients achieve their ESG targets. Our facilities are designed to maximise environmental efficiency - from energy-efficient cooling systems to renewable energy sources, we are committed to reducing our environmental footprint and supporting our clients in their own sustainability efforts. Get in touch to discuss your colocation needs.