• We develop real estate talent with the ability to think and act in an interdisciplinary and holistic manner.

  • We help schoolchildren shape their own world.

  • We support disadvantaged young people in making the transition to employment.

Partnership and responsibility are core Union Investment values

The cooperative principle has always been rooted in the idea of working together to solve economic and social problems. As part of the Cooperative Finance Group, and as two of the largest investment management companies in the real estate sector, Union Investment Real Estate GmbH and Union Investment Institutional Property GmbH have a special responsibility towards their investors, tenants and business partners – and also towards their employees and society. We fulfil this responsibility by taking ecological and social aspects into account in our business activity alongside economic factors.

Promoting talent, offering educational opportunities

Corporate responsibility is a key plank of our overarching group strategy. Our employees can rely on Union Investment as an employer. For the companies we invest in, we are an engaged partner who delivers a secure future. We support and help people in our society through projects and funding. In the real estate segment, we focus on training and education, especially for children, young people and adolescents in Hamburg, our headquarters site. We also support our employees in their voluntary work.

Responsibility towards society 

The primary aim of our commitment is to improve the educational opportunities and job prospects of disadvantaged children and young people. Career development for graduate-level talent and women in the real estate sector is also of particular importance to us.

JOBLINGE

Joblinge

JOBLINGE is a training initiative which offers career prospects for young people with limited schooling or a difficult family background. In a course lasting approximately six months, participants acquire key qualifications on the job, practice their social skills and work towards gaining an apprenticeship or job. The aim at the end of the course is to find each “jobling” a training position or employment. Union Investment has supported the Joblinge initiative in Hamburg since 2015 and many Union Investment employees act as volunteer mentors to the “joblings”.

Children for Tomorrow

Children for tomorrow

The Children for Tomorrow foundation was launched in 1998 by former world-class tennis player Steffi Graf. Based close to Eppendorf University Hospital, psychotherapists and educationalists work with traumatised child refugees and young people. The children and young people treated at the centre display symptoms of severe mental suffering caused by their experience of war and loss. Trained interpreters are provided during all therapies. Union Investment supports in particular the implementation of music therapy projects for young children living in refugee accommodation.

Das macht Schule charity

Schüler helfen Flüchtlinge

The Schoolchildren Help Refugees project run by the Das macht Schule charity was established in 2015 in response to the large number of child refugees arriving in Germany. The aim of the project is to improve the integration of children and young people with a refugee background. At the same time, schoolchildren are given the opportunity to get involved, take responsibility and experience the social benefits of their actions. Union Investment’s contribution helps support a nationwide awareness campaign, workshops and the implementation of the project in Hamburg.

  1. photo credit: Cläre Bordes, district school Stellingen

Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA)

Masterstudiengang „Real Estate and Leadership“

A Master's course in Real Estate and Leadership is currently being set up at the HSBA. The course initiator is the Real Estate and Leadership Foundation e.V., which was founded in Hamburg. Union Investment Real Estate GmbH is a board member and supporter. The objective is to promote teaching and research into interdisciplinary and leadership topics in the real estate sector. The course content aims to train students to become real estate generalists who are capable of dealing with new and complex situations.

Women Talk Real Estate

Women Talk Real Estate

“Women Talk Real Estate” is a non-profit organisation headquartered in London which is dedicated to increasing the visibility of women in the real estate sector. It connects female professionals with speaking and media opportunities in Europe and offers women training to build their stage and media presence. The goal is to improve business and career progression opportunities for women in the real estate industry, to challenge stereotypes and to provide role models for the benefit of the whole industry. Union Investment has supported the initiative since 2017.

We also support:

Responsibility towards our employees

Taking responsibility for the people who work in our company is hugely important to us. Our employees are the foundation of our success and our corporate culture. We seek to provide them with a work environment in which they feel valued, supported and fairly treated.

Development

Development

All personnel development activity is tailored to the individual requirements of our employees. Our internal professional development programme for the real estate segment, the SIM ACADEMY, focuses on company-specific real estate Expertise.

Work-life balance

Work-life balance

Union Investment has put a wide range of supporting measures in place to ensure the best possible work-life balance. These include different working time models, a mobile working option and the opportunity to take a sabbatical.

Diversity

Diversity

We attach great importance to promoting diversity among our employees. We are committed to providing opportunities for people of all age groups and qualification levels, irrespective of cultural background or life and work experience.

Responsibility towards the real estate sector

Through our involvement in trade associations and networks, we support a range of corporate social responsibility activities along the entire real estate industry value chain. We contribute financially and also share our knowledge. In 2016, for example, Union Investment helped to draw up guidelines for the Initiative Corporate Governance (ICG), which promotes effective corporate social responsibility in the real estate industry.

German Property Federation (ZIA)

German Property Federation (ZIA)

The ZIA is the only trade association which connects the real estate market and the capital market. As a member of the ZIA, Union Investment contributes to boosting the transparency and professionalism of the real estate industry and improving the sector’s image. We are active members of various working groups, bodies and committees, such as the CSR committee and the Quartier & Portfolio working Group.

Urban Land Institute (ULI)

Urban Land Institute (ULI)

Through our membership of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Europe, Union Investment encourages responsible urban and regional planning and supports the training of students, as well as qualification programmes for real estate managers. At local level, we have worked with DG Hyp in recent years to bring together market players as part of the ULI Local Council Meeting Point Hamburg.

Initiative Corporate Governance (ICG)

Initiative Corporate Governance (ICG)

The aim of the Initiative Corporate Governance is to develop and establish principles of transparent and professional corporate management in the real estate industry . On 28 September, with contributions from a large number of real estate companies including Union Investment, the ICG and ZIA published guidelines on effective corporate social responsibility in the German real estate industry.

The following may also be of interest

Geschaeftsbericht_2016

Annual report and corporate social responsibility report 2016

In our sustainability report, we use practical examples and KPIs to demonstrate how Union Investment actively addresses sustainability.

Sustainable real estate investment

Sustainable real estate investment

In order to maintain long-term value, sustainable real estate investment is an integral part of our business strategy.

We show responsibility

We show responsibility

The practical guidelines developed by the CSR initiative for the real estate industry are aimed at companies throughout the sector, as well as in other industries, who want to effectively manage their social commitment.