In September 2022, we completed certification for becoming a B Corp for meeting high standards of social and environmental performance. We are now one of the few asset managers who have made a commitment to people and the planet.
In April 2023, we made the Net Zero Asset Managers commitment. This is one of Downing's main contributions to limiting warming to two degrees and avoiding physical, economic and other irreversible impacts in this century.
Nature forms an integral part of our responsible investment strategy. By carefully considering the nature and biodiversity that inhabit the same areas as our assets, we have implemented measures that manage our wider impact.
special education needs school spaces
property developments funded since 2017
UK homes forecasted to be powered by our renewable energy assets (equivalent)
care home places funded since 2012
As a certified B Corporation, we are delighted to have joined 5,000 other companies committed to the ‘triple bottom line’ of people, planet and profit. We are strongly committed to continue improving our high standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency - while working towards a sustainable future for all.
We have integrated processes and assessment tools to ensure our assets do not negatively impact the natural environment around them. Through our framework, we engage with all investments on the subject of nature, strive to leave sites in better regenerative ecological condition, retain existing natural features and create habitats that enhance biodiversity.
During the pre-investment process, we aim to score all investment opportunities against a proprietary ESG scorecard. From this, we gain an understanding of sustainability risks, impacts and areas for future engagement.
We maintain high standards and constantly improve our ESG practices by being signatories and active participants to industry frameworks and associations, and through strong advocacy with policymakers.
Solar sheep maintain the land in which a solar farm is located in a fully sustainable and eco-friendly way while enabling dual purpose land use. The sheep support the biodiversity of the area by avoiding the use of pesticides, thus allowing local wildlife and pollinators to flourish and thrive.
Downing is pleased to be partnering with Earth Energy Education, a company dedicated to getting children out of the classroom and visiting renewable energy sites across the UK to educate them about green energy.
Open Bionics is one of Downing's portfolio companies and has developed the "Hero Arm". The Hero Arm is the world’s most affordable multi-grip prosthetic arm, with multi-grip functionality and empowering aesthetics. Engineered and manufactured in the UK, the Hero Arm is a lightweight and affordable myoelectric prosthesis, now available in over 800 locations in the US, UK and Europe.