positively addressing
a Net-Zero Carbon agenda

A corporate sustainability strategy enables housing providers to engage with tenants, communities, public authorities and stakeholders.

Why housing providers need
a corporate sustainability strategy 

A corporate sustainability strategy shows how housing providers are positively addressing the Net-Zero Carbon agenda. The strategy also enables housing providers to engage with tenants, communities, public authorities, and stakeholders.

A sustainability strategy is a long-term multi business cycle journey that require embedding in a corporate strategy and reflected in business operations. Housing providers are faced with the challenge of reconciling internal strategic objectives (e.g., affordability, new house building) with external policy, legal (e.g., climate laws) and regulatory requirements (e.g., governance). The goal is to develop a framework with which sustainability goals can be operationalised, prioritised, placed on a timeline and where any conflicting goals can be resolved.

On the way to net zero

Core Elements of a
Corporate Sustainability Strategy

The Corporate Sustainability Strategy is the bridge between strategic goals and operational performance with measurable impact. In line with the sustainability vision and mission, the first step is to define the reference framework. It is also necessary to determine the relevant sustainability definitions, that can be used in a catalogue of goals with key performance indicators. These can then be embedded in the regular business planning cycles.

Corporate Sustainability Strategy
as a Service

With our background of strategic planning and sustainability analysis, RITTERWALD offers a customised approach to housing providers in developing their Corporate Sustainability Strategy:


Analysis of the strategic framework (e.g., by means of PESTEL or SWOT analysis) and identification of suitable frameworks established in the market


Identification of the appropriate strategic reference framework for mapping with sustainability milestones and market standards


Coordinate the catalogue of objectives by conducting a materiality analysis and assigning goals to the identified objective categories


Deriving and prioritising a catalogue of measures to achieve the defined goals and underpinning the strategy with business planning


Development of a roadmap to communicate the short-, medium- and long-term goals


Ad Hereijgers
Austen Reid
Lutz Rittig
Mathias Hain