Over the last 10 years, RITTERWALD has established itself as the leading Pan-European strategy consultancy and first mover in sustainable housing.
Strategy consultants in real estate and cross sector industries with clients throughout Europe with offices in Berlin, Frankfurt, London, and Amsterdam.
We bring sustainability at the core of business operations by making ESG credentials transparent, consistent, and comparable.
In close cooperation with the social housing and financial sector, we have developed and issued housing accreditation tools and contributed to ESG reporting standards.
We are a proud member of the European Federation for Living, a European network to create more affordable sustainable housing. EFL has over 70 members and associates in 19 countries.
Ever since the 1987 Brundtland report, the notion of Sustainable Development has seen numerous definition changes and amendments. Today, it is fair to agree that the term “sustainability” cannot be dissociated from its three environmental, social and governance pillars. Businesses today, throughout all sectors of the economy take into consideration these three factors. In other words, Sustainability has grown to become one, if not the biggest, challenge and opportunity for businesses. But what does this mean for the housing sector?
At RITTERWALD, we understand sustainability to be seen as a holistic approach at the heart of the housing sector. Social and affordable housing providers, by their very essence, serve a social purpose. Today, governments and regulators are encouraging housing providers to go beyond their initial mission. Recent climate and environmental concerns have put pressure on housing providers to drastically reduce their carbon emission and become carbon-neutral by 2050. These harder and more comprising rules are reshuffling the cards as housing providers are seeking new innovative ways to fulfil their objectives. Housing providers are left with the obligation to record new sets of transparent data and demonstrate good governance, which, in return, will open new financing means and gain the interest of new ESG investors.
“ESG investors and social and affordable housing companies are connecting across Europe to have an irreversible positive impact on tenants’ everyday life.”
Director Business Development
“The UK housing industry recognises sustainability as one of the greatest challenge facing the sector. There is a widespread acceptance that ESG transparency needs to be improved to attract investors supporting the transition to Net Zero Carbon.”
“Sustainability has set itself at the core of all business activities. It will without any doubt represent the biggest opportunity and challenge for companies, much like digitisation today.”
“Recent economic contexts and situations such as the latest global pandemic demonstrate the importance of focusing on sustainability investments. The housing sector is at the forefront of such investments.”
“Throughout Europe, Sustainability has established itself as a new economic driving force. Housing providers are now looking for ways to both operationalise and demonstrate their efforts in this growing trend.”
“Every company will tell you that sustainability is important to them. No one can prove these statements. With our ESG strategy approach we want to make objectives quantifiable and comparable.”
“Climate change is the grand challenge of our generation. Integrating sustainability at the heart of the business strategy isn’t only a necessary step but can unlock new value potential and create long-term competitive business models.”
“Acting sustainably means acting in the best interest of any business. Over the next years, we will experience a shift away from thinking about economic and sustainable interests separately. Leading towards an increasingly interconnected way of strategic decision making - with ESG as a core factor to be considered at all times.”