Highlight from Our ESG Research: Sustainable Real Estate

At Domini, we conduct proprietary in-house research to evaluate the social and environmental performance of our investments. Our in-depth, independent ESG research and high standards help create prosperity not only for portfolios, but for people and planet too. During our research process, we discover many innovative initiatives worth sharing.


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Forward-thinking real estate development and management play a crucial role in making cities more livable and sustainable. Gecina SA is a French real estate group whose properties represent the largest private residential portfolio in Paris.1 The company is also the leading owner of office space in Europe.2

Gecina manages a large real estate portfolio but has been effective in improving sustainability on a building-by-building level. As of this year, 82% of its office portfolio’s square footage was either HQE or BREEAM sustainability certified, which marks a 41% increase from 2018. All new developments are on track to receive certification. Additionally, 99% of its assets are located within 400 meters of public transportation.3

Gecina has fostered a company culture that prioritizes sustainability. Its employees recently initiated a successful effort to increase tenfold the company’s internal carbon tax, with the resulting funds allocated to low-carbon projects.3 Management diversity is another focus for Gecina. Currently, 45% of its management team are women, including its CEO, Méka Brunel.4 46% of its board members are also women.5



3 https://www.gecina.fr/sites/default/files/2022-04/gecina_universal_registration_document_urd_2021_en_e-accessible.pdf

4 https://www.gecina.fr/en/group/executive-committee

5 https://www.gecina.fr/en/group/board-of-directors