Main focus areas of sustainability
Our vision is to be the most trusted and profitable operator and a sustainability leader in the property sector. Our new sustainability programme sets our objectives for 2023-2025. We have defined our energy objectives until 2030 and the climate goals aim for carbon neutrality in terms of energy consumption by 2025. The sustainability themes are based on our strategy and have been defined together with our stakeholders.
Based on the wishes of our stakeholders, the following four themes became the core focus areas of Sponda’s sustainability operations: environment, society, personnel and governance.
Listed below are the themes of our new sustainability programme.
Environment – Our properties make a difference
We are creating the net-zero buildings of the future by increasing energy efficiency and reducing emissions together with our partners. We look for ways to increase circularity and biodiversity in urban spaces.
Future-proof properties and innovative solutions for energy generation & management
- All new buildings and major renovation projects are certified. Target level is LEED Platinum or BREEAM Excellent.
- BREEAM In-use certifications will also be pursued.
- By 2025, 94% of assets are certified based on property value (TEV%)
- Reduction of energy consumption in properties in accordance with the Energy Efficiency Programme
- Measuring and increasing taxonomy-aligned turnover, capex and opex
- Increasing the number of installations for solar PVs
Carbon neutral properties and emissions reductions in the value chain
- Carbon neutrality by 2025 in terms of energy consumption (Scope 1 and 2)
- Reduction of value chain emissions (Scope 3)
- Carbon footprint (LCA) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC) calculations in a property development.
Circularity throughout the lifecycle of buildings
- Improving waste recycling rates
- Reducing water consumption
- Promotion of circular practices in new development and major renovation projects
Consideration and promotion of biodiversity in properties
- Assessment and management of Sponda’s nature-related impacts
- Increasing the share of portfolio with a biodiversity assessment conducted by an ecologist
- Development of a biodiversity strategy
Society – Spaces bring us together
Our properties are the cornerstones of a safe, healthy, and sustainable community. We make daily sustainability actions easy for our tenants and promote active collaboration.
Good indoor air quality, health and safety in Sponda’s properties, safety at construction sites
- Development of indoor air quality operating model and guidelines
- Safety audit conducted for each property once every three years
- Zero accidents in Sponda’s properties and at construction sites
Promotion of tenant dialogue and commitment to sustainability action
- Overall customer satisfaction level over 4 (on scale of 1 to 5)
- Customer satisfaction regarding sustainability collaboration with Sponda
- Improving sustainability data availability and usability in tenant-facing systems.
Promotion of easy and sustainable access in Sponda’s properties
- Increasing the number of EV charging stations and bicycle storage spaces
Sense of community and engagement in Sponda’s properties
- Increasing the number of community engagement projects in shopping centres
- Sponda’s personnel are offered 1-2 days a year for volunteer work
Employees – People make it happen
We put the health, safety, and wellbeing of our employees first. Our people can grow in an open and inclusive working culture.
Employee health, safety and well-being
- eNPS and engagement index will be improved compared to the previous year
- Mandatory health and safety trainings
Variety of opportunities for the professional growth of employees
- Providing trainings for employees
- Sponda’s trainee program
Diversity, inclusion and equal treatment
- Promoting diverse representation in management roles
- Increasing salary equality according to gender and role
Good and fair leadership
- Providing leadership trainings to line managers
- Leadership index will be improved compared to the previous year
Governance – Building on a progressive foundation
We are a sustainability leader in our sector. We develop sustainable practices and strive to safeguard human rights together with our partners.
Ethical business conduct and transparency in communication
- Mandatory trainings on the Code of Conduct and supporting policies
- Developing Sponda’s approach to managing human rights risks and impacts
Robust sustainability risk assessment
- Improving the quality and depth of the climate risk and opportunity assessment according to TCFD recommendations
- Increasing the share of portfolio for which a property-level climate risk assessment has been performed
- Description of asset level climate risk assessments and list of properties where risk assessments have been carried out can be found here.
Requirements and regular monitoring for sustainability in the supply chain
- Commitment to the Code of Business Conduct
- Increasing the share of key suppliers assessed annually with sustainability criteria
- Robust process for identifying and managing the sustainability risk of suppliers
Leading sustainability performance
- To maintain the full 5 stars in the GRESB assessment
We apply for international environmental classifications – a LEED or BREEAM environmental certificate – for all property development and significant renovation projects.
In addition, we apply for BREEAM In-Use certifications for our existing properties.
Sponda’s LEED® certified properties
|Ratina Office||Vuolteenkatu 2, Tampere||2021, Gold|
|Koy Tampereen Tulli Business Park||Åkerlundinkatu, Tampere||2014, Gold|
|Citycenter office tower||Kaivokatu, Helsinki||2011, Gold|
Sponda’s BREEAM®-certified properties
|Koy Kalevankatu 30||Kalevankatu 30, Helsinki||2023, Excellent|
|Citycenter shopping centre||Kaivokatu 8, Helsinki||2023, Excellent|
|Koy Arkadiankatu 4-6||Arkadiankatu 4-6, Helsinki||2023, Excellent|
|Koy Iso Roobertinkatu 21-25||Iso Roobertinkatu 23, Helsinki||2023, Excellent|
|Koy Unioninkatu 20-22
||Unioninkatu, Helsinki||2023, Excellent|
|Ratina shopping centre||Vuolteenkatu 1, Tampere||2023, Excellent|
|Koy Kumpulantie 11||Kumpulantie 11, 00520 Helsinki||2023, Very Good|
|Koy Tampereen Näsilinnankatu 39-43||Näsilinnankatu 41-43, Tampere||2023, Very Good|
|Koy Kauppa-Häme||Hämeenkatu 16, Tampere||2023, Very Good|
|Korkeavuorenkatu 35, Helsinki||Korkeavuorenkatu 35, Helsinki||2022, Very Good|
|Koy Kasarmikatu 36||Kasarmikatu 36, Helsinki||2022, Very Good|
|Yrjönkatu 29A, Helsinki||Yrjönkatu 29A, Helsinki||2022, Excellent|
|Koy Vilhonkatu 5||Vilhonkatu 5, Helsinki||2022, Very Good|
|Koy Unioninkatu 24||Unioninkatu 24, Helsinki||2022, Very Good|
|Koy Ratapihantie 11||Ratapihantie 11, Helsinki||2022, Very Good|
|Koy Sörnäistenkatu 2||Sörnäistenkatu, Helsinki||2022, Very Good|
|Koy Helsingin Erottajanmäki||Erottajankatu 5, Helsinki||2021, Very Good|
|Koy Unioninkatu 18||Unioninkatu 18, Helsinki||2021, Very Good|
|Koy Fabianinkatu 23||Fabianinkatu 23, Helsinki||2021, Very Good|
|Koy Dianapuisto||Erottajankatu 7, Helsinki||2021, Very Good|
|Koy Helsingin Vuorikatu 14||Vuorikatu 14, Helsinki||2020, Very Good|
|Koy Paulon Talo||Kaisaniemenkatu 4, Helsinki||2020, Very Good|
|Koy Kaisaniemenkatu 2b||Kaisaniemenkatu 2b, Helsinki||2020, Very Good|
|Oy Mikonlinna Ab||Mikonkatu 15, Helsinki||2020, Very Good|
|Koy Mikonkatu 19||Mikonkatu 19, Helsinki||2020, Very Good|
|Koy Mikonkatu 17||Mikonkatu 17, Helsinki||2020, Very Good|
|Elo shopping centre||Elotie 1, Ylöjärvi||2020, Very Good|
|Koy Mansku 4||Mannerheimintie 4, Helsinki||2018, Very Good|
|Koy Bulevardi 1||Bulevardi 1, Helsinki||2018, Very Good|
|Forum shopping centre||Mannerheimintie, Helsinki||2018, Very Good|
|Zeppelin shopping centre||Zeppelinintie 1, Kempele||2017, Very Good|
|Mothership of Work||Pieni Roobertinkatu, Helsinki||2016, Good|
ESG requirements in development projects
In addition to the responsible maintenance of properties, Sponda has set several goals and requirements for development projects. From the attached link, you can view the criteria that are taken into account in the management, planning and construction of development projects.
Goals for reducing energy and water consumption
We want to promote the energy efficiency of properties and have set targets for reducing energy and water consumption. From this link, you can download consumption data and target levels for environmentally certified properties. Regarding water consumption, the goal is to reduce consumption compared to the previous year’s level.