EPRA Members' initiatives to support communities during the Covid-19 outbreak

As global communities respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, European listed real estate companies members of EPRA are putting in place various initiatives to support the society. To include your company’s efforts, please contact info@epra.com.

Aldar Properties donated €250,000 to the ‘Together we are good’ programme, launched to encourage contributions from individuals, entities and companies in light of the current health and economic situation.

Assura brought into use vacant areas in some of their buildings and land at health sites to help with issues such as respiratory care space, testing and overspill parking to support NHS staff. Assura is also supporting the volunteering response with charity partners and donated £25,000 to Dementia UK to help them add more resource to their helpline in times of social distancing and isolation. Additional projects receiving grants from Assura’s Healthy Communities Scheme will focus their funding on responding to the immediate health needs, preventing isolation and loneliness.

Befimmo donated about 20 boxes of chocolate eggs to the Red Cross Auderghem (Brussels) for distribution to single people and the most destitute to warm their hearts.

British Land has joined forces with YourParkingSpace.co.uk, the UK’s leading on-demand parking platform, along with property businesses including Canary Wharf Group to provide NHS workers with free parking across the UK. British Land’s Community Investment Fund has re-deployed £250,000 to help communities respond to the impact of Covid-19 and increased their contributions to charities, including doubling their annual donation to Shelter to £50,000 to support their helpline.

COIMA asked their professionals to join in a shared act of generosity by supporting a symbolic donation that COIMA increased by five times. This figure reached €420,000 in a hundred hours which was gathered by Fondazione Riccardo Catella and donated to Buzzi Hospital, Sacco Hospital and Mutual Aid Fund of the Municipality of Milan.

Colonial has launched a broad range of initiatives in Spain and France, including a €1 million fund dedicated to support hospitals in Barcelona, Madrid and Paris, purchase necessary equipment as well as finance Covid-19 related research projects in both countries.

Covivio put several of its hotels at the disposal of health authorities in Barcelona and throughout France. Healthcare personnel of Metz hospitals, the historic birthplace of the company and a region particularly hard hit by the crisis, will be offer 2,000 complimentary stopover in its establishments once hotels reopen. In Italy, Covivio is providing financial support for the initiative launched by its partner Politecnico di Milano, which has commissioned the production of sanitising gel supplied directly to the Regional Emergency Agency of Lombardy. The Covivio Foundation, which will be up and running in the second half-year, rose its grant to €500,000 and will be aimed primarily at helping vulnerable people badly hit by the current economic crisis.

Gecina is offering emergency accommodation for victims of domestic violence with two dedicated women’s charities, Fondation des Femmes and Fédération Nationale Solidarité Femmes, as well as working with several hospital associations in Paris to provide free accommodation for healthcare staff. Gecina also donated two works of art for an online auction, raising almost €50,000 to support the #ProtegeTonSoignant (Protect Your Carer) campaign.

Globalworth allocated €200,000 to The Globalworth Foundation for its activities in Poland. The funds enabled acquiring 21 beds for intensive care units and intensive medical supervision, 5,000 surgical masks, 2,600 protective overalls and 7,500 protective masks (FFP2 and FFP3) and helped financing 3,000 meals for healthcare workers in one of the Warsaw hospitals for a month. At the same time The Globalworth Foundation donated €200,000 to help the Romanian Red Cross campaign for the Covid-19 emergency.

Great Portland Estates launched a new Community Fund  with more than £280,000. The company also donated an additional £25,000 to Centrepoint, UK’s leading charity for homeless young people and GPE’s long standing partner.

Hammerson has joined forces with YourParkingSpace.co.uk, the UK’s leading on-demand parking platform, along with property businesses including Canary Wharf Group to provide NHS workers with free parking across the UK

Home Invest offers furnished studios to medical staff free of charge in Brussels.

Icade put at the disposal of the Brittany Regional Health Agency a clinic with 55 rooms and 67 beds. The company also donated 120,000 masks to the Paris Fire Brigade and the university hospital trust AP-HP.

IMMOFINANZ joined the #property4heroes initiative in Poland and delivers meals from the Crown Point restaurant to the hospital staff fighting on the front line to contain the virus.

Intu Properties has removed fees for its centre car parks to help those that need to pick up essential items as well as key workers.

Irish Residential Properties REIT has made units available to health service staff for the period of the coronacrisis.

Klépierre has made its shopping centres available to local stakeholders who need them: half of the French portfolio of shopping centres has dedicated spaces to welcome and assist women victims of domestic abuse, German shopping centres have organised blood donation campaigns while Italian and Spanish ones have set up food drives for underprivileged families. All the car parks and external spaces have been made available to hospitals, local authorities and charities. Klépierre is also offering the use of its digital advertising space for free to any non-profit whose purpose is to raise public awareness or funds to fight the pandemic.

Landsec is providing financial relief for the charities who are supporting individuals and communities through these unprecedented times. In the coming months, they will give grants totalling £500,000 to existing charity partners who are most in need. This will include homeless charities and a £100,000 donation to the property industry charity, LandAid. Practical assistance is being provided at local level,  by linking food retailers to homeless charities for food donations, by offering free parking to key workers, or by offering space for mobile blood banks and transfusion units as well as Covid-19 testing facilities to help reduce the number of visitors to hospitals. Public health information and messages of support are being displayed on the Piccadilly Lights.

MERLIN Properties brought four state-of-the-art robots to Spain to carry out massive PCR tests in four of the most important hospitals in the country. To pay tribute to health professionals, the Torre Glòries is illuminated every evening with a sanitary cross and the words ‘Thank you’ in their honour.

Montea made 515m2 of their office space available for a non-profit organisation or charity temporarily looking for additional space in their fight against Covid-19.

Safestore made available boxes for food donations.

SEGRO provided rent-free space to a number of food bank charities and are working with local authorities to establish community hubs on some of their estates, to help ensure that food and supplies are able to reach the vulnerable members of the neighbourhoods in which they operate. SEGRO has also launched a new £10 million fund to mark its centenary, which will be used over the next decade to make a positive impact within communities across the UK and Continental Europe. The majority of the first year’s funding of more than £1 million will be allocated to projects which provide emergency relief and which will help address the longer-term impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Shaftesbury has set up a Community fund, which will be made available to its local community partners to address immediate needs arising from the current situation, as well as funding for initiatives as Government restrictions begin to be lifted. The fund, which will provide support totalling £144,000, is in addition to the company's regular support for charities and other not for profit organisations. Shaftesubury also put in place a village-wide programme of initiatives to provide support for consumers, residents and operators during coronavirus (such as #BringingChinatownHome, #CarnabyCares, #FeedNHS)

Société Foncière Lyonnaise put its building ‘Le Vaisseau’ to the use by public authorities.

Société de la Tour Eiffel offered the use of its unoccupied buildings in Saint-Étienne, Saint-Germain-en-Laye and in Ulis to local authorities.

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield has engaged in a series of solidarity initiatives to support the communities in the countries where they operate. In Europe, the #KindnessTogether campaign launched in April includes initiatives such as supporting fundraising and non-profit activities, raising awareness of NGOs’ actions, offering space, service yards, logistical support and employee time, showing support to medical staff and emergency services, providing live entertainment to local communities.

Vonovia offers shopping services in several cities in North Rhine-Westphalia in cooperation with Arbeiterwohlfahrt (AWO), in order to support tenants belonging to high-risk groups which are unable to do their own shopping in the current situation. Vonovia also increased its commitment to stopping the spread of the virus by providing its tenants with free face masks.

WDP launched a specific support campaign, where the different international teams have selected a number of local initiatives that will receive financial support. This financial support is based on the solidarity of the members of the Board of Directors and #TeamWDP. The total collected sum is doubled by WDP and will be donated to several social organisations WDP cares about and are hit by Covid-19.

Xior Student Housing launched the 'Vital Jobs' campaign offering accommodation at a reduced rate in Barcelona, Maastricht and Enschede for all those fighting the virus and keeping the society going: medical staff, police officers, firemen, researchers and food suppliers.