Acquisition of External Certification

Ⅵ. Acquisition of External Certification

A. DBJ Green Building Certification* Awarded

ADR has 14 properties which was awarded the DBJ Green Building Certificate. (10.5% of total floor space, 5.1% of total number of property as of July 2022)

* DBJ Green Building Certification is a certificate developed by Development Bank of Japan Inc. (DBJ) to identify and certify real estate properties that satisfy various social needs including environmental quality. Please refer to the following sites for details.
Development Bank of Japan Inc.
DBJ GREENBUILING

** Certification Rank of the 14 properties are as follows. (As of July 31, 2022)

Four Stars ★★★★ Properties with exceptionally high environmental and social awareness

Three Stars ★★★ Properties with excellent environmental and social awareness

B. Awarded “ CASBEE” Certification

ADR has properties which was awarded the  CASBEE Certificate. (18.5% of total floor space, 3.3% of total number of property as of July 2022)

* Comprehensive Assessment System for Built Environment Efficiency (CASBEE) is a method for evaluating and rating the environmental performance of buildings. It is a comprehensive assessment regarding the reduction of environmental loads such as conservation of energy and resources as well as the quality of a building including interior comfort and scenic aesthetics. The CASBEE rankings include “S”, “A”, “B+”, and “B,” in descending order.
** Certification Rank of the 9 properties are as follows. (As of July 31, 2022)

S Rank ★★★★★

A Rank ★★★★ 

C. Awarded “Building-Housing Energy-efficiency Labeling System (BELS)” Certification

RESIDIA Ochanomizu Ⅱ was awarded the BELS Certification for in March 2019.
For further information on the “BELS”, please refer to their website.
https://www.hyoukakyoukai.or.jp/bels/info.html (Japanese Only)

D. Participation in GRESB Assessment

In 2014 ADR became the first residential J-REIT to participate in the GRESB* Assessment.

 ADR was designated as “Asia/Residential Sector Leader”, the third selection for the second consecutive year following the 2018 and 2020 fiscal years, which indicates that ADR earned the top score within the “Asia/Residential Sector of 2021 GRESB Real Estate Assessment Rating.

In the last six years it has been consecutively awarded a Green Star rating and a 3 Star GRESB rating where 5 Star is the highest rating.
Green Star rating is given to businesses that have been assessed to be superior in both “Management Component” and “Performance Component”.
GRESB rating shows the relative global position of ADR’s GRESB score within the participating companies.

Additionally, ADR has also been award a top “A” rating for its ESG disclosure for the fourth consecutive year.

By continuing to participate in the assessment ADR and its asset manager ITOCHU REIT Management Co., Ltd. (IRM) will strive to improve their quality of the measures they will take in regards of sustainability and score higher in the assessment.

* GRESB is an industry-driven organization established by European pension funds committed to assessing the sustainability performance of real estate portfolios (public, private and direct) around the globe. The dynamic benchmark is used by institutional leading investors in Europe, the U.S. and Asia to engage with their investments in an aim to improve the sustainability performance of their investment portfolio, and the global property sector at large.

E. MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index

Advance Residence Investment Corporation (ADR) was the only residential J-REIT to be selected as a constituent of “MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index*” by MSCI** on the launch of the index in 2017.

Although in 2018 ADR was excluded from the index, IRM were able to improve ADR’s ESG rating for this index from BB to A since 2021..

The index selects companies in the “MSCI Japan IMI Top 500 Index” that have high “Environmental,” “Social” and “Governance” (ESG) profile relative to their sector peers.

Furthermore, the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) announced that it has selected the index for their ESG investment strategy.

ADR has been managing its assets with ESG performance in mind, and it will endeavor to further increase its value by improving its long-term ESG performance.

For further information on the “MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index”, please refer to the website listed below.
https://www.msci.com/msci-japan-esg-select-leaders-index

MSCI is one of the largest investment information provider and has been providing investment information to institutional investors for more than 40 years.

F. Participation in RobecoSAM's CSR Rating

In 2018, ADR became the first residential J-REIT to be rated on its CSR performance by RobecoSAM, This CSR rating is used to determine constituent companies of Dow Jones Sustainability Diversified Index Series.

G. Participation in Japan Climate Initiative

ADR and IRM subscribes to the fundamental principles of Japan Climate Initiative (JCI) and became a member in July 2019.
Following the establishment of the “Paris Agreement” for the prevention of global warming in 2015, JCI was established by a coalition of Japanese corporations, municipalities NGOs. Members of JCI aims to voluntarily and actively engaged in climate change countermeasures to realize a decarbonize society.

For more information on this issue, please visit the Japan Climate Initiative website.