Castellum’s sustainability efforts are a natural, integrated part of its operations; over time, the company will become the most sustainable property company in Europe, actively contributing to sustainable development Castellum regards society’s requirements under laws and regulations as minimum requirements, and the company strives for continual improvements with clear goals aimed at promoting sustainable development. As a responsible agent of societal progress, Castellum will be part of driving this development forward.
Castellum’s operations should promote sustainable development, and its sustainability initiatives should be integrated into its operations, yielding tangible results. This work permeates the entire business from ownership, property management and property portfolio development to customer relationships, employees and financing. Corporate social responsibility is crucial to the company’s success, and its work drives profitability and long-term shareholder value. All actions should be marked by a high level of expertise, good business ethics and accountability.
Attitude to climate change and the planet’s limits
Castellum acknowledges the scientific evidence that human activity is accelerating climate change. Overstepping the planet’s limits involves great risk for our future. To promote a global agenda, Castellum must therefore govern its operations and set goals in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the international climate agreement. To future-proof Castellum’s portfolio, buildings will be made more energy-efficient, life cycle perspectives will be taken into account in investments, responsibility for natural resources and biological diversity will be assumed, the share of renewable energy will be increased and operations will be adapted to climate change. Castellum will be involved in the climate plans and policies of its customers and of government agencies, it will display leadership and to the greatest extent possible will inspire the industry toward a greener approach.
Castellum regards the impact of a changed climate as a significant risk that over the long term constitutes a risk to our operations, our properties and our tenants. If extreme weather arises – floods or heavy rains, for example – it causes damage and disruptions in several ways: directly to the property or neighboring infrastructure (e.g. electrical outages, wastewater backing up out of drains, or disruptions to public transportation to and from our properties). Therefore, Castellum has implemented specific risk analysis processes for all investments in order to take into account such climate risks as the risk of flooding, land erosion and vulnerability to extreme weather.
The Science Based Targets Initiative (SBT) is a collaboration between the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the UN, the World Resource Initiative (WRI) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The purpose of the SBT is to guide companies across the globe in defining carbon emissions and in establishing scientifically correct objectives in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement on reducing global warming. Castellum is the first property company in the Nordic region to have its climate targets approved by SBT. Castellum’s target is to achieve 100% climate neutrality in its operations by 2030, thereby supporting the UN’s climate agreement and the national ambition for a fossil fuel-free Sweden.
Castellum’s strategy for reducing its environmental impact focuses on several areas, including:
- Converting to 100% renewable energy
- Reducing energy consumption in our properties
- Converting to a fossil fuel-free vehicle fleet by 2020
- Orientation toward reduced climate impact in developments
Responsible agent of societal progress
As a responsible agent of societal progress, Castellum will be part of driving this development forward. Castellum regards the precautionary principle and society’s requirements under laws and regulations as minimum requirements, and the company strives for continual improvements for the purpose of promoting sustainable development.
To achieve properly functional sustainability initiatives, Castellum will:
- Govern its operations in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
- Comply with Castellum’s Code of Conduct, which is built on the UN Global Compact. All Castellum’s employees and partners must understand and comply with their respective Codes of Conduct.
- Continually increase competence in sustainability through education and communication of sustainability issues.
- Routinely monitor, report on and improve our sustainability efforts.
- Minimize carbon emissions in Scopes 1, 2 and 3 (see The planet), which promote global warming.
- Use natural resources responsibly and efficiently so as not to jeopardize the planet’s limits, and thus our climate and the opportunities for future generations in a finite world.
- Build and manage from a service life perspective, and promote circular models.
- Promote increased biological diversity and limit the use and spread of environmentally hazardous products.
- All properties held for more than one year are to be environmentally inventoried, and these will be updated at least every ten years.
- Create conditions for responsible waste management through minimizing waste, guarding against pollutants and regarding waste as a resource for reuse and recycling.
- Offer comfortable, healthy environments for people in and around our properties and for our employees’ well-being.
- Create an equitable organization with a diversity reflecting the composition of society.
- Contribute to employment and young people’s opportunities to enter the job market.
- Engage in issues that are significant for societal development.
- Call attention to and change discriminatory structures in the organization.
- Be an attractive employer and attract the best and most professional employees.
- Maintain long-term, sustainable financial growth in cash flows.
- Create business models for collaboration regarding sustainable investments.
- Maintain low financial and operational risk for a strong increase in value in the company while offering shareholders a competitive dividend.
- Use financial and human capital efficiently.
Goal 1: No Poverty
End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 2: Zero Hunger
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 4: Quality Education
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 5: Gender Equality
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13: Climate Action
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Goal 14: Life Below Water
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Goal 15: Life on Land
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
The UN Sustainable Development Goals
At the UN Summit in September 2015, 17 global goals were adopted that will lead the world toward a sustainable and equitable future by 2030. Castellum has conducted surveys in relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals to analyze relevant goals for the company’s operations. The relevant goals were deemed to be 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12 and 13. In 2017, these goals were implemented in Castellum’s sustainability strategy: Castellum’s Agenda for the Sustainable City 2030.