Founded in December 1995, Befimmo is a Belgian REIT, a professional owner of high-quality office buildings located in Brussels, other Belgian cities and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Its portfolio currently consists of around one hundred office buildings, with a total space of more than 950,000 m². As at 30 September 2015, the fair value of the portfolio was assessed at €2,378.0 million. The Company strives to enhance its current portfolio while seizing any investment opportunity that can create value for its shareholders. Listed on Euronext Brussels since it was created and member of the BEL 20 index since March 2009, Befimmo pursues an informed strategy of optimising its results over the long term. Befimmo endeavours to incorporate the challenges of sustainable development into its strategic thinking, and models its day-to-day activities on the principles of social responsibility.
The Shift helps members to make use of the global framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to map their societal ambitions.
12. Responsible consumption and production
“With the aim of continuously improving our position as a responsible business and landlord, we have initiated a process of regular dialogue with all our stakeholders. > Responsible to our strategy | We aim to be a benchmark and we strive to differentiate ourselves by innovating and by incorporating Social Responsibility into our overall strategy with the aim of creating value for all our stakeholders. > Responsible to our stakeholders | We proactively initiate unifying measures, the impacts of which are measured and designed to meet the expectations of our stakeholders. We seek to strike a balance between the expectations of our various stakeholders and the challenges we regularly face. > Responsibility extending beyond our own activities | We aim to go beyond our own activities by raising awareness and inspiring all our stakeholders to meet our qualitative and quantitative targets. > Responsible to our team | We strive to be a responsible employer, concerned about the well-being of our team, while respecting and developing the Company’s three core values: Professionalism, Commitment and Team spirit. > Responsible to our communication | We act with full transparency in a long-term perspective, paying special attention to the reliability of the reporting process and the rigour, accuracy and transparency of financial and non-financial communications.” Benoît De Blieck | CEO
13. Climate action
By signing the COP21 engagement letter, we commit to take voluntary action to reduce environmental and carbon footprints. We implement this by setting targets to reduce our current own GHG emissions and/or energy consumption, while also collaborating in supply chains and at sectorial levels. We agree on the need for inspirational and meaningful global action and aligned messaging. We will act as ambassadors for climate action, focusing on solutions and economic opportunities. We will help raise public awareness. We will actively manage climate risks and incorporate them in decision making — not least to realize growth opportunities. We will take steps to implement effective strategies to strengthen not only our companies’ but also societal resilience.
8. Decent work and economic growth
By our commitment to the Charter ‘Decent Work for All, we recognize the unique skills and talent every person can offer, regardless their gender, age, sexual orientation, cultural or social background, disability, or personal situation. We acknowledge that all actors from different sectors –private, social, public -need to join forces to integrate unemployed people in the labour market and address the obstacles to professional integration. We want to build well-connected ecosystems in which we collaborate to increase social impact. We express our commitment towards Decent work for all, including inclusive recruiting, and we will act in accordance of the charter. This means to us, as an actor of private sector, striving actively to create decent and sustainable jobs in an inclusive work environment, to reflect the diversity of our society in the workforce and to embed “Decent work for all” in the company culture. As one with all actors, we will define and communicate a target and action plan for inclusive recruiting to reflect the diversity of society in the workforce. We will leverage the organization’s resources to have an impact on decent work for all (internships, expertise, volunteering, lobbying, funding). We will contact other organizations to create or join the ecosystem to reach the target for inclusive workforce (recruiting and retention). We will share best practices with other organizations to inforce the ecosystem for decent work. We will report on results and lessons learned to decision makers in the companies and our country.