Using ISO 14001 to Simplify GRESB Reporting

May 4, 2020
By Aaron Schlossman

Completing Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) reports is a complex, resource-intensive process for any business, whether it’s are establishing benchmarks for the first time or working towards well-specified goals. GRESB has successfully streamlined the reporting process, but data collection, management, and verification still pose obstacles during the annual reporting cycle.

GRESB complexity comes from the same source as its elegance. The thorough consolidation of external frameworks into one reporting tool, packaged into a seamless interface, takes much of the pain out of presenting data from your year. Often, we find that the remaining challenges stem from structuring operations to achieve sustainability goals while simultaneously fulfilling core business responsibilities.

ISO 14001 is invaluable as an operations guideline for businesses reporting to investors and other stakeholders. ISO 14001 is referenced extensively throughout GRESB, and it contains built-in structure to manage mandatory and voluntary compliance obligations. It provides instructions for compliance with data collection, management, and verification standards, but still offers little insight into specific strategies for implementation.

Here are the key requirements in ISO 14001 that can influence your GRESB report:

  • Defining scope
  • Limiting normative references
  • Contextualizing your operations
  • Specifying leadership
  • Developing, using, and changing plans for environmental objectives
  • Organizing resource allocation
  • Tracking performance towards objectives
  • Evaluating performance
  • Active improvement

Freer Consulting provides this management system, structured from ISO 14001 and tailored to your business. Our approach will simplify GRESB reporting by aligning your routine operations with target sustainability outcomes. With over 20 years of experience across multiple business sectors, the team at Freer Consulting Co. can provide the necessary tools to integrate sustainability tenants into the fabric of your organization. Contact us for more information about implementing your sustainability goals.

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