Creating social impact and added value for society, that is our mission.
We do this ecologically, socially and economically.
Our actions are annually
certified by VOKA
Unitar SDG Champion
In 2023, we became a
Unitar SDG Champion
We use the Future Fit Business
Benchmark management tool
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Limoengroen, our sustainable spin-off, focuses on various themes around energy transition, data monitoring, renewable technologies and sustainable construction. In every project, Limoengroen limits energy demand by intelligently designing, implementing innovative techniques & optimally insulating. Limoengroen also uses sustainable energy sources such as solar panels, heat boilers, heat pumps, water recuperation, etc.
Sustainable construction processes
The transition to sustainable and circular construction is in full swing. The climate change is challenging, and so are our own sustainability goals. This attitude starts with the development of our building projects and continues throughout the construction process. Our long-term management guarantees continuous sustainability.
Since 2020, we have been building gas-free and we are making the existing energy installations of older buildings more sustainable. In our green energy hUP, we are committed to implementing renewable energy, reducing energy demand & increasing energy consumption efficiency.
We are developing our first projects in wood construction. This is a key challenge to reduce our CO² emissions during the construction process to zero by 2035. By purchasing 2 forests in Finland, we are learning about sustainable forest management and the possibilities of wood construction.
Biodiverse experience gardens
We go all out for an attractive green outdoor environment. This way, we not only raise the quality of life of our tenants to a greener level, but also give the city a green boost.
Upcycling is an integral part of our interior design. Upcycling is reflected in the interior design of all our projects. We also incorporate construction waste in the interior design, the garden and signposting. Students who want to sell their old stuff to new students after their studies can do so on our Upkot Marketplace.
Development of our own wind turbine
A key action in our sustainability strategy is the development of our own wind turbine. This way, we want the energy installations in all our projects to run on 100% green & self-generated energy.
As a company, we not only feel responsible for our own impact on the environment, human rights, working conditions & the fight against corruption, but also for that of our suppliers & contractors. Therefore, we engage in dialogue on how to prevent solid impact in the entire supply chain together with partners & suppliers. Together, we make adjustments in the production process. Our suppliers, partners & contractors co-sign our sustainability charter.
Coaches as the
heroes of the concept
Our philosophy of connection, coaching and community focuses on the tenant's experience. Our coaches are the central focus of every Upgrade Estate project.
During our internal diversity track, we always critically examine how we deal with people of different origins, gender, religion, age,... We are particularly proud of our pocket dictionary that project leaders use to communicate in eight languages on site.
Our own private foundation aims to meet the needs of our tenants. Today, we are focusing on the mental well-being of our students. Through the Feel Free To Talk project, any student who is mentally struggling can book up to three free sessions with a psychologist.
Great Place to work
Upgrade Estate is certified by Great Place to Work and ranks among the top 5 Best Workplaces! The 2022 survey indicated a trust index score of 95% among our co-Creators. Our Upgrade Estate working environment is characterised by a high level of confidence in the corporate strategy and management, having fun together and a sense of pride in being part of our project.
Our mission is: to create social impact and social added value. We do this in different ways and with different projects. We always look for a link with our business and try to assess whether we are making sufficient social impact with our charity actions. Today, with Upgrade Charity, we support different charities. We also support numerous local & smaller initiatives with a donation or by letting them use our venues for their events.
At Upgrade Estate, we don't think 'in cubicles'. You invest in a patrimony company of a specific project and we build, rent and manage. We think holistically about each phase of a project and always in terms of the end user.
Real Estate as a service
We unburden our tenants & investors by ensuring long-term socially, environmentally & economically sustainable management.
Upgrade Estate aims to be carbon neutral on scope 1, 2 & 3 by 2035. We will start reducing our carbon emissions to the maximum to then qualitatively offset a small residual fraction. For this, we base ourselves on the Science Based Targets (SBTi) method
You can just take a look at our interim targets.