With its properties, S IMMO meets the basic human need for living and working space. This gives rise to a particular responsibility to society.
Highest property standards
Corporate social responsibility always relates to a company’s core business, too. S IMMO therefore applies the highest standards both for development projects and also for energy-related and structural renovation of existing properties. This reduces operating costs and emissions and makes a significant contribution to environmental protection and tenant satisfaction.
Since the end of 2011, the communal areas of the German portfolio have been supplied with electricity from 100% renewable energy. This change saves more than 1,100 tons CO2 per year, roughly equivalent to the amount of CO2 absorbed by over 58,000 beech trees.
Green building certificates
Standing properties make up the majority of S IMMO's portfolio. For this reason, the company started gradually certifying its portfolio properties in 2014. A number of properties have already been certified and further certifications are planned.
A total of six S IMMO properties were certified as at 31 December 2015, including the Serdika Center and the Serdika Offices in Sofia, the Sun Plaza and the Sun Offices in Bucharest and the Eurocenter in Zagreb. At the end of 2015, the Blue Cube office property in Budapest became the first S IMMO building to obtain BREEAM In-Use certification. In total, the amount of S IMMO space that was certified as at the end of 2015 thus amounted to 291,953 m², or 23.5% of the total space in the portfolio.
In the area of social welfare, S IMMO has been supporting projects that provide a new home for people in need since 2008 based on the principle of “giving shelter”. In doing so, the group attaches particular importance to long-term partnerships and regular dialogue with the organisations it supports.
Promoting young talent in the industry
S IMMO also supported student projects to promote young talent in the industry again in 2015. As part of the existing cooperation with Danube University Krems, the international module on the topic of portfolio optimisation in the real estate master’s programme was held at S IMMO Germany in Berlin again.
S IMMO also provided a grant for the master’s-level short-term study programme Green.Building.Solutions. This annual summer academy offers 30 architecture and civil engineering students a thorough insight into the topic of sustainable construction.
Cooperation with Caritas Österreich
A long-term cooperation with Caritas Österreich has been in place since 2008. We support various projects in markets where we operate:
Since 2000, Caritas has been operating four “Houses of Hope” for children and young people without parents in the Romanian city of Alba Iulia. The aim of this project is to offer young people a safe home and positive prospects for the future, as well as supporting their integration into society. In addition, an advice centre established in 2010 supports the young people on their path to independence
In the Bulgarian village of Pokrovan, 90% of the inhabitants are over the age of 70. There are no towns nearly and in winter the village is completely isolated. Most of the residents live alone and have to get by on a very low minimum pension that often does not even cover the bare essentials. For this reason, Caritas runs a day centre and a soup kitchen in this village and organises medical care for the elderly people with the support of S IMMO AG.
Since 2002, Caritas has been running a community centre in the Hungarian city of Esztergom that has set itself the task of improving the living conditions and future prospects of Roma children through education. The centre supports around 70 children and young people and their families. The main focus is on helping the young people to achieve good school-leaving qualifications.
S IMMO supports its employees in volunteering for charitable organisations.
In 2013, the S IMMO staff worked on two corporate volunteering projects for Caritas for the first time. At Haus Miriam, which offers accommodation for up to a year and a half for single women experiencing serious crises in their lives, a group of volunteers cooked together for the residents.
In the second project at the St. Barbara retirement and nursing home, S IMMO employees completed a garden shed for the 260 residents. Photos of this event can be found in our album.
In 2014, the S IMMO team once again helped out at the St. Barbara retirement and nursing home. Together they established the basis for a new garden shed for the 260 residents.
A fourth volunteering project for a Caritas organisation then followed in 2015. The organisation chosen was “Zweite Gruft”, which offers homeless people a day centre, social counselling, emergency accommodation and a short-term housing project. On two days, the volunteers prepared lunch for around 130 clients.
For several years, S IMMO AG has supported the charity concert for Caritas Socialis in the Wiener Konzerthaus concert hall. This concert always features internationally famous works performed under the baton of renowned conductors. The proceeds from the event help support organisations such as the “Red Anchor” at the CS Rennweg hospice.
Vienna Art Supermarket
S IMMO AG is a long-standing cooperation partner of the Vienna Art Supermarket. For a few months each year, this project offers original works of art by national and international contemporary artists at affordable fixed prices with the motto “Making art affordable”.
S IMMO AG provides space for the project at the premises on Mariahilfer Strasse 103 in Vienna each year.
The next Art Supermarket started on 19 October 2016 and will last until mid-January 2017.
More information is available at: www.kunstsupermarkt.at