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Fidelity Real Estate

Active approach to sustainability underpinned by disciplined targets, transparent measurement and strong governance

We see investment performance and sustainability considerations as being inexorably linked. In order to deliver attractive risk-adjusted returns, sustainability must be embedded in our investment approach. The majority of investors and occupiers alike make long-term commitments to buildings and it is thus essential that we research, analyse and integrate sustainability considerations through the entire life-cycle of ownership, from acquisition, ongoing management, refurbishment, development and ultimately disposal.

Our principles



Deliver risk-adjusted investment performance by integrating and documenting sustainability considerations at each stage of the investment process.



Implement sustainable practices through innovation and apply best practices across our real estate portfolios.



Act responsibly as a steward for the natural environment by addressing environmental impacts whilst also enhancing operational efficiency and values.


Social Impact

Recognise social impact and have consideration for the local communities in which our properties are located.

Different ways to implement sustainable property investing


  • Detailed sustainability due diligence of property & occupier

  • EPC1 considerations

  • Environmental ratings to assess risks & develop asset plans to mitigate environmental factors (e.g. BREEAM2, DGNB3)


Active management

  • ESG initiatives built into annual business plans to improve properties’ sustainability performance
  • Engage with occupiers to improve energy efficiency, water consumption & waste recycling
  • Use of external benchmark (GRESB4) to measure progress

Development & Refurbishment

  • Incorporate sustainability aspects measures in design & refurbishment
  • Consider flexibility of property fit out over whole life cycle
  • Integrate sustainable transport features

1 Energy Performance Certificate
2 Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method
3 German Sustainable Building Council (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen)
Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark

An active and holistic approach


Fidelity Real Estate Sustainable Property Investing Policy

Fidelity Real Estate applies an active approach to sustainable property investing aiming to achieve measurable 'ESG' progress in our property portfolios

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Sustainability at Fidelity

Every investment decision has potential long-term financial and societal consequences. Fidelity as a firm is committed to using its position to steer companies towards the right business decisions on

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Contact the Fidelity Real Estate Team directly:

Adrian Benedict
Head of Real Estate Solutions
E: FILRealEstateInvestmentSolutions@fil.com


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Risk warnings

  • This material is for Investment Professionals only and should not be relied upon by private investors.
  • The value of investments and the income from them can go down as well as up and investors may not get back the amount invested. 
  • The strategies invest directly in property and land, which can be difficult to sell, so an investor may not be able to sell /cash in this investment when they want to. The value of property is generally a matter of a valuer's opinion rather than fact.
  • These strategies are subject to sustainability risk, which, if it occurs, it could cause an actual or a potential material negative impact on the value of the investments made by the Funds. 
  • Investors should note that the views expressed may no longer be current and may have already been acted upon. Reference to specific investments should not be construed as a recommendation, but is included for the purposes of illustration only.
  • The strategies do not offer any guarantee or protection with respect to return, capital preservation, stable net asset value or volatility.

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