Certified Sustainable Housing Label

Handelsblatt Top Beratung 2023

We have developed a label aimed at helping socially and environmentally responsible real estate companies find investors – thereby opening up a new market for impact investing.

How to get sustainable real estate companies together with investors seeking sustainable investments? That was the question we asked ourselves. The Certified Sustainable Housing label is the solution we found.

The market for sustainable investments has agreed on standardization in recent years. Intended to serve as an indication of sustainable investment opportunities, the resulting standards help investors identify and put their money into reliable green, social or sustainable investments.

The market for Green, Social and Sustainability Bonds has grown strongly in recent years as a result of this standardization, with the majority of issuers coming from Europe. The demand for sustainable investment opportunities is so high that it exceeds the supply of investment opportunities.

The Label

Developed by RITTERWALD: From now on this label serves as a hallmark for certified sustainable investments in the real estate industry.

The label is applicable to housing companies of all sizes and legal forms in many European countries. It has been awarded to companies in France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK.

Querying and evaluating more than 30 individual criteria in the categories “Green” and “Social” ensures a thorough assessment of the sustainability profile of the respective housing company.

The label aligns with the market standards, the Green Bond Principles and Social Bond Principles issued by the International Capital Market Association (ICMA).


Clarion Housing Group, the UKs largest Housing Association, and since 2020 holder of the Certified Sustainable Housing Label, successfully issued £1bn of ESG bonds and loans to support their social purpose activities. As well as managing 110,000 social and affordable homes and developing over 2,000 homes a year, Clarion’s social purpose extends to Clarion Futures, a charitable foundation established to support its residents and develop their future.

This video is part of an online video series about forward-thinking social and affordable housing initiatives and is presented by Housing Europe. View more videos here.

This video was produced for us by BBC StoryWorks, the commercial content division of BBC Global News.