Sustainability Report 2021Download here
I am happy to share with you our 2021 Sustainability Report. Despite the continued COVID-19 challenges, 2021 was a very important year for us, for many reasons. We increased our GRESB score yet again and confirmed our 5-star rating; and we recertified the majority of our assets under BREEAM In Use Part 1 and 2, increasing our score for all and achieving ratings from Very Good to Outstanding.
The highlight of 2021 came with our Green Bond issuance in November which was oversubscribed six times and allowed us to demonstrate our long-term commitment to mitigating our environmental impacts and aligning our activities with the EU Taxonomy criteria.
We are in the process of certifying our environmental management procedures under ISO 14001 and have made great strides in the implementation of our Health & Safety management procedures.
Another key workstream for us is our engagement with our brand partners and service providers on sustainability issues and our awareness generation towards our customers. In
2021 we launched two pop-up stores, in our Lisbon and Amsterdam centres, aimed at showcasing sustainable collections of existing brand partners and new beautifully local sustainable brands. It is our intention to continue working with our partners on energy efficiency, sustainable shop-fits, and responsible consumption, as these are all topics for which collaboration is a condition to achieving our targets. All these achievements would have been impossible without the tireless dedication of our entire VIA team and the encouragement and support of our shareholder APG, who is always pushing us to think bigger and more sustainably. 2022 will again be an exciting year, as we will achieve our ISO 14001 certification, advance on our renewable energy self-generation and EV charging projects, publish the VIA Manifesto on the Outlet of the Future, and work together with our brands to continuously reset the boundaries of our sustainability ambition and standards.
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