Corporate Social Responsibility
Technopolis Invests in Corporate Social Responsibility
Responsibility is a strategic choice and part of the company’s ethical values. Responsibility helps to develop the added value, profitability and risk management of operations and to preempt stakeholder expectations. Technopolis sees responsibility as something more than just responding to increasing external requirements: it is an opportunity to enhance its competitive advantage, support profitable growth and increase added value to stakeholders in the long term.
Responsibility is reflected on Technopolis’s campuses in the healthy, safe, and eco-efficient premises and services, motivated personnel and a sense of community that supports success. These contribute to the high occupancy rates and property values of the sites. With its responsibility activities, Technopolis aims to improve environmental friendliness, employment level, employee well-being and the openness of its operations. Technopolis steers its responsibility by developing its corporate social responsibility reporting in accordance with GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) principles.
Corporate social responsibility at Technopolis involves investments in financial, social and environmental responsibility. Our social responsibility is comprised of the development of the well-being and competence of our personnel, respect for human rights and equality, and responsibility in our actions in co-operative work with stakeholders. We support the growth, development and networking of companies. With our Talent Match service we also help international professionals seek employment in the surrounding community. Read more about the Talent Match service.
The national environmental impact of the building stock is significant. Technopolis aims to reduce its ecological footprint and has set demanding environmental targets for 2015-2020. Read more about our sustainability strategy. We make green investments annually to our existing buildings. Furthermore, the possibilities for energy-efficient solutions and the use of renewable energy sources are already studied in new construction projects during the planning phase. Technopolis also pursues environmental labels and building ratings. Read more about Technopolis’ LEED and Green Office projects.
Improving a building’s environmental performance has positive impacts. It maintains the building’s condition, and even makes it possible to increase the building’s value and manage the development of operational and maintenance fees. In addition to the employee health services offered on our campuses, our healthy and safe premises have positive impacts on health, well-being and comfort, and thus on our customers’ productivity. Professional building maintenance and management and functional technical systems ensure good indoor air quality and uninterrupted operation for our customers in our premises.
Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting
Technopolis publishes its Corporate Social Responsibility Report annually, and the information presented therein corresponds to the financial period, i.e. January 1 – December 31. Sustainability Report 2016 complies with the GRI G4 guideline’s “Core” application level. The report describes Technopolis’s financial, ecological and social responsibility in accordance with the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) G4, the Construction and Real Estate Sector Supplement (CRESS), the most recent principles and EPRA’s Sustainability Best Practice recommendations for sustainability reporting. In addition to Sustainability report, Technopolis participates annually in the international real estate sector’s GRESB sustainability benchmarking.
Sustainability requires openness. The corporate social responsibility report is an assessment and communications tool that allows an organization to inform all its stakeholder groups how its actions support sustainable development. Reporting focuses on three areas: financial, social and ecological sustainability. For this purpose, the Global Reporting Initiative network (GRI) has created corporate social responsibility reporting guidelines that can be used by all organizations regardless of size, industry or geographical location. Reports composed in accordance with the GRI reporting framework can be used for a range of purposes, including:
comparing and evaluating an organization’s corporate social responsibility with regard to legislation, standards, regulations and voluntary initiatives,
showing how an organization’s corporate social responsibility goals influence its operations and vice versa, and
comparing an organization’s operations in relation to its own and other organizations’ operations.
Technopolis also implements the European Public Real Estate Association’s (EPRA) best practice recommendations on sustainability reporting. EPRA helps listed companies in the real estate sector to prepare for the likely introduction of more stringent mandatory sustainability reporting regulations. EPRA’s sustainability performance measures and accompanying principles for the Sustainability BPR are based on the GRI Construction and Real Estate Sector Supplement (CRESS) and have been developed by the EPRA Sustainability Reporting Committee in consultation with the wider EPRA membership.
Technopolis has achieved Gold award accreditation in EPRA Sustainability BPR Awards. The awards aim to ensure greater reporting consistency and transparency, allowing better sustainability comparisons.
GRESB is an independent real estate industry sustainability benchmark survey measuring eight different aspects in two dimensions. They include identification of risks and opportunities, stakeholder engagement, monitoring and environmental management systems, operational responsibility indicators, responsibility policy, responsibility management, building ratings, new building projects, and significant renovation projects. GRESB improves responsibility transparency and stakeholder cooperation and provides investors with a tool for benchmarking and monitoring the responsibility of operations.
Technopolis took part in the GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark) sustainability comparison for the first time in 2014, earning the highest total points out of all Nordic office property companies and receiving the highest Green Star score. In 2015 and 2016 Technopolis also received the Green Star rating.
The GRESB Quadrant Model describes the participant’s success in the sustainability comparison through two dimensions. The position in the quadrant illustrates how far the organization has progressed in integrating sustainability into its real estate portfolio.