Supported initiatives

Climate Neutral SME's

The impact of climate change presents a significant challenge to the private sector, especially to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In 2018, Redevco Foundation teamed up with Ecomatters, an organisation specialized in sustainability.

Ecomatters set up a pilot project with the aim of helping SMEs in becoming climate neutral by providing an implementation and action plan as tenants are integral to making retail buildings more sustainable. Supported by the Redevco Foundation, Ecomatters tested their approach with SME retailers from various sectors, such as: fashion, outdoor and food.

Using the results from this pilot, Ecomatters founded the Climate Neutral Foundation and has created three climate certificates for SMEs, including action plans for each certificate. The Redevco Foundation continues to support Ecomatters as it contributes directly to the ambition to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable, low carbon and circular built environment. The aim is to have at least 1000 retailers enrolled in the programme by the end of 2020. Ecomatters is, amongst others, working closely with trade associations, municipalities and the Dutch Green Building Council to achieve this goal.

Max Sonnen, Managing Director Ecomatters: “With the help of Redevco Foundation and Redevco we have managed to design, pilot and now scale the initiative to a large audience of retailers. Together we are paving the way for a systemic shift, in which the retail sector could become a front-runner in emission reduction”.

More info can be found on Climate Neutral Foundation.​

Advancing Net Zero

UKGBC has made a framework for the UK construction and property industry to transition new and existing buildings to becoming net zero carbon by 2050, in line with the ambitions of the Paris Climate Agreement. The Redevco Foundation is lead partner in this programme.

UKGBC’s Advancing Net Zero programme forms part of a global campaign led by the World Green Building Council which is calling for all buildings to be net zero carbon by 2050, and all new buildings to achieve this by 2030. Globally, leading businesses and regional authorities are already committing to spearheading this transition, UK signatories to the WorldGBC commitment include: Berkeley Group, Bruntwood, Cundall, Elementa (part of Integral Group), Mayor of London, the Scottish Government and Shaw Contract.

As a Redevco Foundation representative Clemens Brenninkmeijer, Head of Sustainable Operations at Redevco, is featured in an explanatory video.

Clemens Brenninkmeijer commented: “The Redevco Foundation supports initiatives that aim to increase the understanding of and accelerate the transition to a more sustainable, low carbon and circular built environment. The call to action can only gain traction when the sector collectively knows where it needs to go and how to get there. The cross-sector and inclusive approach of the UK-GBC’s Advancing Net Zero program is helping the industry to frame the challenges ahead and provides it with a clear definition and pathway to a net zero carbon built environment.”

Refugee company

Refugee Company’s mission is to speed up integration by supporting people with a refugee background in social and economic independency. Work enables newcomers to build a live and a network and to make new friends.

Refugee Company offers programs that enable people who came to the Netherlands as “refugees” to make a meaningful step towards building networks and paid work. These programs include: community activities in reception centers, internship programs, learning network programs (like internship-support program of six months in their own restaurant and makers space), connectors program, job matching program and psycho-social support.

Fleur Bakker, Director Refugee Company: ”With the support of the Redevco Foundation we have managed to roll out our re-start programme for people with a refugee background. Work is the most important step towards integration”.

The Redevco partnership with Refugee Company is for three years. Already six Redevco colleagues joined the connectors program.