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Initiatives for Sustainability

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Sustainability Policies

The Asset Management Company has positioned initiatives on ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) awareness as an important business management issue. To promote initiatives on ESG, the Asset Management Company has established the following Sustainability Policies.

1. Contribution to sustainable environment
We make positive contribution to sustainability by reducing the negative impact to the environment through continuously reducing energy and water consumption, CO2 emission and waste; and by eliminating and managing of hazardous materials to carry out the social mission of improving the environmental performance of properties we manage.
2. Commitment to diverse society
We contribute to realize the diverse society, considering the social impact of our properties. We endeavor to deliver built environment where safety, health and wellbeing and diversity of tenants and local community are secured.
3. Stakeholder engagement
We manage our properties as a responsible real estate asset management company by stressing the importance of engagement with our stakeholders such as investors, tenants, business partners, local communities and property management companies.
4. Attractive working environment
We aim to deliver attractive working environment by implementing measures to promote employees' health & wellbeing and diversity & equal opportunites. We develop capabilities of employees to help them achieve the best performance by providing various educational opportunities such as trainings.
5. Responsible organization
We ensure compliance and sound risk management in our entire business activities. We are committed to  responsible property investment by a responsible organization by aligning with global ESG initiatives and proactively disclosing ESG information.

 Established on September 5, 2018     
 Kenedix Real Estate Fund Management, Inc.

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Environmental Policies

We at Kenedix Residential Next Investment Corporation and Kenedix Real Estate Fund Management, Inc. practice environmental awareness in conducting investment management by establishing the environmental policies stated below and proactively utilize environmental certification and assessment systems conducted by external assessment organizations.

1.Compliance with Environmental Laws and Regulations

We promote investment management with environmental awareness, in compliance with environmental laws and regulations.

2.Promotion of Energy Conservation Measures

Recognizing the importance of resources and energy, we promote systematic endeavors for energy conservation measures at the real estate properties we manage.

3.Reduction of Environmental Burdens

Intending to reduce the burdens on the environment, we endeavor to take measures for reducing CO2 emissions and wastes as well as promoting recycling, etc.
We also fully exercise caution in handling hazardous substances and environmental pollutants.

4.Disclosure of Environmental Information

We endeavor to disclose necessary information, such as our environmental policies and the status of our environmental initiatives, to a variety of stakeholders including unitholders, tenants and business partners.

5.Environmental Education and Enlightenment

We endeavor to enhance environmental awareness of our officers and employees by internally implementing environmental education and enlightenment programs.

Established on January 26, 2016
Kenedix Residential Investment Corporation
Kenedix Real Estate Fund Management, Inc.

Sustainability committee

The initiatives for sustainability are promoted under the leadership of the Sustainability Committee established in the Asset Management Company.
The Sustainability Committee consists of the Head of Residential REIT Department as the chairperson, and the Heads of each Division in Residential REIT Department as members. The Committee holds meetings every three months in principle to discuss policies, targets, approaches on sustainability issues and monitors the progress. What is discussed at the Committee is reported to the Asset Management Committee of the Asset Management Company, as well as KDR’s Board of Directors.

 

Acquisition of DBJ Green Building Certification

The DBJ Green Building Certification is a certification system established by the Development Bank of Japan Inc. (DBJ) in April 2011, designed to support real estate that demonstrates environmental and social awareness ("Green Buildings"). The system assesses and certifies properties that meet social and economic requirements, based on the comprehensive evaluations it makes on the environmental performance of the subject properties as well as their responses to a variety of stakeholders, including disaster prevention and consideration for communities. By doing so, the system is understood to support such environmental and social initiatives. 

Details of the properties certified by the DBJ Green Building Certification

Based on the DBJ Green Building Certification system, the Investment Corporation has acquired certifications for the following 5 properties it owns.

KDX Residence Ebisu

(Shibuya ward, Tokyo)

DBJ Green Building

Properties with excellent environmental & social awareness

DBJ Green Building

Ashiya Royal Homes

(Ashiya city, Hyogo)

DBJ Green Building

Properties with excellent environmental & social awareness

DBJ Green Building

KDX Residence Yotsuya

(Shinjuku ward, Tokyo)

DBJ Green Building

Properties with high environmental & social awareness

DBJ Green Building

KDX Residence Hanzomon

(Chiyoda ward, Tokyo)

DBJ Green Building

Properties with high environmental & social awareness

DBJ Green Building

KDX Residence Toyosu

(Koto ward, Tokyo)

DBJ Green Building

Properties with high environmental & social awareness

DBJ Green Building

Acquisition of GRESB Assessment

GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark) is a benchmark system for evaluating the sustainability performance of the real estate sector, established in 2009 primarily by a group of major European pension funds. Leading institutional investors participate in the GRESB assessment to utilize it in implementing their real estate investment and management processes. A high degree of attention has been paid to the GRESB survey, as it is used by institutional investors when they select investment targets and on other occasions. The GRESB survey, which is conducted each year, is participated in by many real estate companies, REITs and real estate private funds from around the world. The Investment Corporation is also a participant, starting with the 2016 GRESB survey.

The Investment Corporation has been awarded a “Green Star” rating in the 2018 GRESB Real Estate Assessment, as its efforts for improving sustainability were evaluated, receiving high evaluation on both “implementation and measurement” and “management and policy”. The Investment Corporation also acquired two star (out of five star) GRESB Rating, which is calculated relative to the global performance of reporting entities.

Installation of SATOYAMA Units

Installation of SATOYAMA Units

A "SATOYAMA Unit" is a group planting unit of conventional seeds and plants remaining dormant in deserted village forests (called "satoyama"). We have installed the units at the entrance of KDX Residence Okachimachi.
Through the installation of the "SATOYAMA Units," we contribute to activities for restoring satoyama, as well as provide a comfortable living environment and help prevent bicycles from being left in no-parking areas.

Installation of LED Lights in Common Areas

Installation of LED Lights in Common Areas

We implement a variety of initiatives to conserve energy from the viewpoints of environmental awareness and cost reduction. As one measure in this endeavor, we replace lighting fixtures in common areas, etc. with LED lights. By doing so, we work to reduce the costs for replacing lights as well as electricity charges.

Remote Surveillance of Road Heating

Installation of LED Lights in Common Areas

We have installed remote surveillance systems for road heating (snow melting equipment) at our three properties located in Sapporo. The installations have resulted in significant reductions in the fuel costs for melting snow.

Preparation of Disaster Readiness Packs

Preparation of Disaster Readiness Packs

In preparation for an outbreak of disasters, etc., we have prepared disaster readiness packs (containing foodstuff and drinking water, etc. for emergencies) at some of our properties for residing tenants to use in emergencies.

Human Capital Development

The Investment Corporation is not allowed to hire employees under the provisions of the Act on Investment Trusts and Investment Corporations, and the Asset Management Company's employees substantially manage its assets. Kenedix Real Estate Fund Management, Inc., the asset management company for the Investment Corporation, has the policy that human resources are crucial for sophisticated investment management and has undertaken various initiatives to promote it.

For details of the human capital development of the asset management company, please refer to the Asset Management Company website.