The analysis of sustainability domains in which Intervest can have a maximum impact combined with the dialogue with its stakeholders resulted in three major spearheads:
Future-proof buildings / Energy efficiency
Real estate is responsible for 36% of the total CO2 emissions in the European Union. A real estate player, can and should make a significant contribution to mitigating climate change and its impact. Energy efficiency is a logical point of attention in the professional management of real estate, both in the purchase of new and old buildings, in the development of new projects and in the management of the existing portfolio.
Intervest includes the LCE (Life Cycle Energy) in its development programs, in its redevelopment schemes and in the development of new projects. For the entire portfolio, a sustainability building assessment per asset is analysed on a recurring basis.
Health & well-being
Intervest believes employees are best placed to contribute to the success of the company if they feel happy, healthy, and engaged. Many factors play a role in creating an optimal balance. As an employer Intervest wants to actively create a positive and productive place to work and provide employees with the means to promote a healthy mental, physical, and emotional lifestyle.
There are four categories where Intervest believes it can help its employees improve their health & well-being:
- in the physical space of the office
- by stimulating and facilitating habits pertaining to physical health
- by helping people find the right work-life balance and
- by equipping them with the skills and competencies they need to be at their best.
Intervest has a transparent structure and communicates openly with its employees. Participation in the organisation of the work, innovative projects, secondary benefits, extensive training opportunities and a detailed well-being policy are therefore essential.
All of it while keeping an eye answering (local) community needs.
Business integrity and compliance
Corporate governance is an instrument for dealing in a balanced way with the diversity of interests of different stakeholders. In that sense, it should primarily focus on mitigating and properly handling conflicts of interest inherent in working in a corporate structure. Clear conflict of interest arrangements and transparent communication with stakeholders are therefore essential to ensure that the company's resources are used in the best interests of its stakeholders. In this way, good governance creates added value and sustainable growth.