Responsible investment

We believe that corporate responsibility is integral to being a successful and trusted global business.

PRI SCORE

A+

for Strategy and Governance in 2020's Principles for Responsible Investment

GRESB

7.19bn

of assets under management submitted in 2020 GRESB reporting

CERTIFICATIONS

100+

Environmental and Health and Well Being related building certificates

Our Focus Areas 

We have committed to become a restorative business. This means we will seek to put more back into society and the planet than we take out. We will aim to go beyond ‘net zero’ not just doing no harm but helping to restore nature, become climate positive and support a greener economy. We aim to achieve this by channeling the principles of responsible investment through everything we do. As an asset manager we will collaborate with our investors, occupiers and supply chain to deliver this ambition, focusing our attention on where we can contribute most through three key focus areas:

In doing this, we will ensure that equal focus is given to each of the three outcomes whilst indirectly contributing to the UN SDGs. To enable Savills IM to deliver the highest positive impacts, whilst reducing negative impacts from our business operations, we have categorised our impact as ‘contribution’ for six priority SDGs (SDG 7, 8, 11, 12, 13 and 15) and ‘alignment’ for three others (SDG 3, 4, and 5).

Our Approach 

Integration

Integrating ESG into our investment management process ensures that ESG risks and opportunities are not siloed, but recognised and acted upon throughout our business, as well as communicated to investors. 

Engagement

We engage regularly with our clients, occupiers, staff and community stakeholders to promote principles of responsible investment and to ensure alignment with best practice.

TRANSPARENCY

We have been a signatory of the UN-aligned Principles for Responsible Investment since 2014. We report our policy and practices publicly on the PRI website (transparency report available here), and document our ESG activities in our annual report.

PARTNERSHIPS & MEMBERSHIPS

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SAVILLS IM SUSTAINABILITY REPORT VERSION 2

For the latest on our progress towards sustainability goals, please click here.

The 2020 Annual Sustainability Report has been restated following the discovery of an error in the methodology used to estimate carbon footprint where information was not available. This error, which resulted in an under-representation of reported carbon was identified after the completion of external assurance and initial publication. Processes have since been reviewed and updated in light of the incident to prevent reoccurrence.

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SAVILLS IM RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT POLICY

Our full Responsible Investment Policy is available here, and associated guidance notes are available here as well as a principal adverse impacts statement here

 

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NET ZERO CARBON PATHWAY

For our Net Zero Carbon Pathway: Enabling Resilient Real Estate, please click here.

 

Team

Our responsible investment initiatives are embedded in our investment process and applied consistently firm wide. They ensure that investment and asset management teams are both considering and implementing measures that are aligned with our ESG values. 

We are in an exciting growth phase for our ESG team and are updating this page. Please check back soon to find out more. 

PROFILE

Emily Hamilton

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Emily joined Savills IM in September 2020 as head of ESG, in which capacity she is responsible for directing Savills IM’s global sustainability strategy, setting our corporate standards and approach to ESG. Before joining us, she was associate director, sustainability, for Grosvenor Estate Britain & Ireland. She has an MSc in Environment, Science and Society from University College London.

PROFILE

Richard Lake

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Richard, who has been with us since 2004, has overall responsibility for the implementation of and adherence to our investment process throughout the organisation, with particular emphasis on risk management, governance and ESG. He chairs the Transaction Advisory Committee and is a key member of the Portfolio Advisory and ESG Committees.