Europe’s Largest Real Estate Companies and the SDGs

Jones, Peter ORCID: 0000-0002-9566-9393 and Comfort, Daphne (2020) Europe’s Largest Real Estate Companies and the SDGs. Indonesian Journal of Contemporary Management Research, 2 (2). (In Press)

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Abstract

Purpose: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed at a United Nations General Assembly in 2015 embrace an ambitious and wide-ranging set of global environmental, social and economic issues designed to effect a transition to a more sustainable future. The United Nations called on all governments to pursue these ambitious goals but also acknowledged the important role of the private sector in addressing the SDGs This paper reviews and reflects on how the leading players in Europe’s real estate industry claim to be committed to addressing the SDGs Methodology/Approach: The paper provides an outline of the characteristics of sustainable development and of the SDGs and outlines the frame of reference and method of enquiry employed in the study, prior to reviewing the findings from Europe’s leading real estate companies. Findings: The findings revealed that nine of the leading ten European real estate companies reported on their commitment to contributing to the achievement of the SDGs, though the scale and the extent of their commitment varied. In reflecting on the real estate companies’ approach to the SDGs, the authors drew attention to a number of wider issues namely, concentration on specific SDGs, issues of measurement, reporting and communication, and tensions between sustainability and economic growth. Originality: The paper offers an accessible review of how the leading players in Europe’s real estate industry claim to be committed to addressing the SDGs.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainable Development Goals; Real Estate Companies; Europe; Reporting Economic Growth; Assurance; Measurement
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business > Business, Entrepreneurship and Financial Management
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2020 12:00
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2020 12:00
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/8606

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