ESG

OUR ESG APPROACH

Sustainability and social responsibility are core principles of our business model. ESG is not only an integral part of our value creation but is also part of the way we work and the decisions we make. It is decisive for the investment and planning process.

Our Head of ESG steers the group-wide sustainability strategy in close coordination with the Executive Board and ensures that regulatory developments are incorporated into the objectives. The ESG department coordinates all activities relating to the sustainable orientation of the company and supports the respective departments and subsidiaries in their implementation. Measures are implemented based on a risk and materiality analysis.

OUR ESG EXPERT


Marlen Rürup

HEAD OF ESG



m.ruerup@dle.ag +49 30 886 267 40

“ ESG DOES NOT MEAN A COMPROMISE ON RETURNS, IT IS RATHER A TOOL THAT PROTECTS RETURNS AND ADDS ANOTHER DIMENSION TO RISK ASSESSMENT”



RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT

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IDENTIFICATION OF SUSTAINABILITY RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES
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INTEGRATION OF SUSTAINABILITY CONSIDERATIONS IN OUR SERVICES
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COMMITMENT TO INTEGRATE ESG ASPECTS ACROSS DLE INITIATED FUNDS

DLE Group AG combines attractive returns with social and environmental value in its business areas. In addition to integrating ESG risks into investment strategies, we realize our social contribution by giving preference to projects that meet urgent social needs in cities and communities.


Buildings are responsible for nearly 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions and have significant land, material, energy, and water consumption. At the same time, they have a major impact on the health, safety, quality of life, and productivity of people who spend much of their lives indoors. Buildings also shape the sense of place and influence the local socio-cultural fabric. This results in both sustainability risks and opportunities, which are identified and managed in the investment process to prevent value loss, maximize value creation, and ensure the marketability and sustainability of investments.


In this respect, the integration of sustainability risks and considerations into our services is an essential element in our mission to deliver attractive risk-adjusted returns for our clients. In addition to the impact of ESG risks on an investment, the opposite perspective also plays a role, namely potential negative or positive impacts of the investment on the environment and society (double materiality). This is the only way to minimize reputational risks and ensure social acceptance of investments.


In October 2021, DLE Group signed the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) to express our commitment to integrate ESG aspects into investment practices across DLE-initiated funds. The UN-supported PRI is recognized as the leading global network of investors promoting sustainable investment.

INCORPORATION OF THE LATEST ENERGY-SAVING STANDARDS


In the area of land development, the planning concepts for new buildings aim to incorporate the latest energy-saving standards and are based, among other things, on KFW 55. The goal of being at least 10% below the current energy standard requirements (GEG) is achieved by optimizing the technical building equipment and the selection of heating systems. Depending on local conditions, geothermal energy, district heating or photovoltaics are planned into the energy supply. Where already relevant in early planning, planning focuses on environmentally friendly and recycled building materials. The aim is to achieve material savings of 10% through optimized load-bearing structures and the composition of ceilings and walls taking into account social aspects such as sound insulation. Furthermore, no halogenated organic compounds, e.g. in floor coatings or harmful coolants, are used in the planning. In addition, concept planning is aimed at avoiding unnecessary soil sealing and creating green spaces, including on roofs.

Sustainability disclosure


As initiator and advisor of closed-end alternative investment funds, DLE Group and its subsidiaries are not directly affected by the disclosure requirements of the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation. The relevant information can be found in the offering memorandum of the funds, regular fund reports, and on the website of the respective AIFM.