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Places for People Group

Places for People has become the first UK placemaking and property company to align its environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting with the Certified Sustainable Housing Label, an accreditation recognised by companies and investors across Europe.

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Metropolitan Thames Valley

Metropolitan Thames Valley was awarded the Sustainable Housing Certificate 2021C#006: Environmental »Ambassador« / Social »Frontrunner« / Governance »Ambassador«

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Broadland Housing

The Broadland Housing Group successfully passed Social Housing Assessment. Broadland Housing provides more than 5,000 quality homes across Norfolk and north Suffolk.

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Melin Homes Ltd.

Melin Homes, leading Housing Association in south east Wales, successfully passes Social Housing Assessment.

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Vilogia

Vilogia was awarded the Sustainable Housing Certificate 2020C#003: Environmental »Ambassador« / Social »Ambassador« / Governance »Ambassador«

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Clarion Housing Group

Clarion Housing Group was awarded the Sustainable Housing Certificate 2020C#002: Environmental »Ambassador« / Social »Frontrunner« / Governance »Frontrunner«

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Gewobag Wohnungsbau-Aktiengesellschaft Berlin

Gewobag Wohnungsbau-Aktiengesellschaft Berlin was awarded the Sustainable Housing Certificate 2020C#001: Environmental »Frontrunner« / Social »Frontrunner« / Governance »Frontrunner«

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Catalyst Housing Limited

Catalyst Housing Limited was awarded the Sustainable Housing Certificate 2020C#005. Catalyst is the first housing association to be awarded with the CSHL under the refined criteria catalogue: Environmental »Frontrunner« / Social »Frontrunner« / Governance »Frontrunner«

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Linkgroup Limited

Linkgroup Limited was awarded the Sustainable Housing Certificate 2020C#004. RITTERWALD has shown that the label can adapt to Scotland’s regulatory framework and also applies to smaller housing companies.

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Gewobag Wohnungsbau-Aktiengesellschaft Berlin

Gewobag Wohnungsbau-Aktiengesellschaft Berlin was awarded the Sustainable Housing Certificate 2020C#001

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Clarion Housing Group

Clarion Housing Group was awarded the Sustainable Housing Certificate 2019C#002.

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Vilogia

Vilogia was awarded the Sustainable Housing Certificate 2019C#003.

About the Labels / Reviews

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RITTERWALD's Sustainable Housing Outlook

Update on developments in the West European social and affordable housing industry: We are happy to share the first edition of RITTERWALD’s Sustainable Housing Outlook – published on the occasion of the European Federation for Living (EFL) conference Berlin in June 2022.

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Australia at the forefront of ESG reporting

New reporting standard to demonstrate community housing industry’s ESG credentials, read the media release here.

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Tenant engagement high on list for Broadland as it achieves ESG label from Ritterwald

Ritterwald, has awarded medium-sized housing association Broadland the Certified Sustainable Housing Label – positive scores on tenant engagement.

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Aggregator taps sustainability bond to provide £30m for two housing associations

Social housing bond aggregator MORhomes has taken its total loan book to more than £500m with a tap on its new 29-year sustainability bond to lend £30m to two landlords.

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MORhomes passes £500m loans landmark with £30m Sustainability Bond deal for Broadland and RBH

Following on from the launch of its new sustainability bond in November, MORhomes PLC, the housing association bond aggregator owned by 66 housing associations, has made a further issue tapping the Sustainability Bond.

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BEIS confirms successful SHDF bids to be announced before year end

Mr Reid, UK director at RITTERWAL, stressed the importance for housing associations to access the growing market of sustainable bonds and linked loans. He said: “We cannot wait for governments to conclude how costs will be shared between housing associations and the taxpayer.

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Link Group talks sustainability at SFHA finance conference

An insight was given into Link Group’s £80 million Environmental, Social and governance (ESG) funding deal. This funding transaction has been made possible by its early commitment to ESG accreditation by RITTERWALD.

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Aggregator completes first sustainable bond with £19m deal

Social housing bond aggregator MORhomes completed its first sustainable bond through its new sustainability framework developed by RITTERWALD, securing £19.3m

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Sustainability status secures Link Group’s ground-breaking £80m Scottish Widows funding deal

This funding transaction has been made possible by Link’s early commitment to ESG accreditation by RITTERWALD.

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Clarion raises £300m through sustainable bond issue

Clarion Housing Group has raised £300m through a sustainable bond issue, taking the total value of its environmental, social and governance (ESG) linked finance deals since last year to more than £1bn.

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Hardman & Co Notes: MORHOMES

MH always operated in sustainable manner, but, with enhanced documentation and review of processes, it can now access new investor base.

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Aggregator launches sustainable bond framework

Social housing bond aggregator MORhomes has launched a sustainable bond framework, which is being piloted by five housing associations.

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First Scottish RSL adopts European sustainable housing label

Link Group has become the first registered social landlord (RSL) in Scotland to adopt the European Certified Sustainable Housing Label, joining just two other housing associations in the UK to have done so.

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Second UK housing association adopts pan-European ESG label

A major G15 housing association has become only the second registered provider in the UK to adopt a pan-European certification designed to measure housing providers’ performance around ESG criteria.

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Austen Reid joins European consultancy RITTERWALD

Mr Reid has 30 years' experience in the housing sector, much of which has been at executive level, including at Clarion and formerly Circle.

Read article RITTERWALD Press Release

From Label Holders

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Caredig recognised as a ‘Sustainable Housing Association’

As part of our commitment to #Sustainability we recently underwent a Sustainable Housing Assessment and are proud to share that we passed with flying colours and are delighted to have been recognised as a ‘Sustainable Housing Association’.

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Broadland Housing has received a Sustainable Housing Label from international consultants Ritterwald

We are the first medium-sized housing association to receive the award, which recognises our strong ESG (environmental, social and governance) performance.

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Peabody awarded RITTERWALD’s Certified Sustainable Housing Label

We are delighted to have been awarded the Certified Sustainable Housing Label 2022 by leading German consultancy, RITTERWALD.

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Catalyst continues to lead the way in sustainability

Catalyst has been awarded a ‘certified sustainable housing’ label by real estate consultancy Ritterwald for the second year in a row.

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MORHomes

A massive thank you to Melin Homes for helping us to develop our new Sustainable Housing Assessment (SHA).

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