ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

 

 

BIODIVERSITY

Biodiversity is the variability among living organisms from all sources, including terrestrial, marine, and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species, and of ecosystems.

The Fund recognises that our properties and tenants have an environmental impact that extends beyond Climate Change but also includes impacts on Life Below Water and Life on Land.
Emira tracks and monitors the impacts of our properties and tenant operations to minimise the impact we are collectively having.

Buildings are tracked and graded based on the specific location of each asset and the Natural Biome in which it exists. Each property is assigned a Risk score and a Mitigation score as part of our analysis of our Portfolio’s Impact and Resilience.

Risk factors include Location, the Biome in which the building sits (e.g. the Fynbos Biome, being unique in the world, would be assigned a higher Risk score) as well as the operational risk of the tenants in the buildings and the possibility of contamination from their activities.

Mitigation factors monitored include the introduction of Biodiverse and Indigenous Landscaping, Urban Farming initiatives, Stormwater Management, Topsoil Management, the introduction of Bat, Bee and Bird Housing on the property. Also whether the property has a Green Pest control policy in place and whether composting is done on or off site.

Due to the widespread problem of Shot Hole Borer infection in the trees across the country, we also specifically monitor the number of infections and treatments undertaken. The number of trees lost due to the infections are also offset by the number of new trees planted at each property.

Emira partnered with Trees for Africa and planted 223 trees to offset our Carbon Emissions for company travel, commute and paper consumption. These were planted in disadvantaged areas and are made up of a combination of Indigenous and Fruit bearing trees that can be harvested by the local community.

Biodiversity is identified in the Emira ESG report as part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The 17 Goals address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.

 

RETAIL SOCIAL INITIATIVES

Emira’s shopping centres are very active in assisting the less fortunate from communities in and around their shopping centre catchment areas. Collectively, the retail centres undertake a whole host of charityfocused social initiatives each year, making a positive impact on a wide range of society’s needs. Some of the centres have busy calendars, with monthly social and charity programmes planned well in advance. Their good work brings communities together to assist those in need and attracts positive publicity and foot traffic to the centres.

Aside from raising much-needed funds for worthy causes, the centres facilitate donations of various physical goods that make a real difference to people’s lives. These include JoJo water tanks, school bags, library books, stationery and sports kits, garden and landscaping assistance. The centres also help to deliver special entertainment and educational services to local communities, including Christmas carols, personal health and safety discussions.

In addition, the shopping centres host and help to promote important organisations such as the South African National Blood Service (“SANBS”) and the Cancer Association of South Africa (“CANSA”). Furthermore, the centres protect animals and nature by assisting the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, as well as organising beach, lagoon and nature trail clean-ups.

Listed below is a summarised selection of Emira’s retail social initiatives for the year — shopping centres that raised donations or sponsorships of R10 000 or more, per initiative.

Wonderpark Shopping Centre

To assist the elderly and reward their loyalty to the centre, R120 000 in shopping vouchers were donated to members of the Golden Oldies pensioners club, who also enjoyed gifts, a meal and entertainment at a sponsored year-end function.

Free exhibition space to the value of R95 000 was donated to 10 worthy charity organisations, which helped to promote their various causes, create awareness and raise funds.

R90 000 worth of advertising space in the centre was donated to a number of charity organisations, helping to generate awareness and raise much needed funds.

Over R56 000 in new clothing was donated by the centre at its annual Street Sale, then distributed to the needy via worthy causes and non-profit organisations around the local catchment area.

The centre sponsored R50 000 to the 11th annual Wonderpark Road Race to raise funds for four schools from local communities, which in turn helped to organise the event, attended this year by 7 346 runners.

Over R25 000 was collected for the 16 days of activism against the abuse of woman and children, which generated publicity and provided educational self-defence demonstrations and martial arts related activities.

R20 000 was donated by the Fund to an inaugural event hosted by the centre for the South African Institute of Medicolegal Experts.

The centre sponsored promotional space valued at R17 000 for festive season gift-wrapping stations in prime locations around the centre, with all funds raised going to the Gracia Children’s Home.

Partnering with Checkers, the centre generated awareness that resulted in R15 000 being raised for charity in the Cupcakes for CANSA event.

The centre sponsored over R14 000 for the 67 Pints for Mandela Day with the SANBS, where blood donors each received a Wonderpark Shopping bag, blanket, mug, doughnut and a coffee from Wimpy.

For Movie Charity Day, R10 000 was sponsored for the residents of Gracia Children’s Home to enjoy Milky Lane ice creams, followed by an animated movie at the cinema, pizzas from Panarottis and prizes from Wonderland.

Wonderpark’s veggie garden grows fresh food on the property and donates it exclusively to the needy children of Luvuyo Orphanage, to maximise the positive impact on the local community.

Randridge Mall

With the help of Nashua and other local businesses, R256 000 was raised to sponsor 200 underprivileged children from seven local schools with the essentials they needed to start the school year.

To date, a total R185 000 has been collected at the mall for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust, an organisation that cares for children with cancer.

The 10th annual CANSA Shavathon collected R102 314 after generating significant publicity for the charity event and the mall over two weeks via radio station HOT 91.9FM.

A gift-wrapping initiative in partnership with Dis-Chem raised R65 000, with in-store customers purchasing toiletries that were distributed to local charities, schools, homes and families in need.

Market Square

Over R73 000 was raised at the annual festive season gift-wrapping stations and donated to 10 charities, as the centre supplied the wrapping materials and volunteers from the beneficiaries did the wrapping.

Boskruin, The Colony, Epsom Downs and Randridge Mall

On Mandela Day, the four shopping centres held Special Olympics televised for awareness by Super Sport, raising a total R65 000 as patrons donated their R1 coins to the worthy cause

Springfield Retail Centre

R10 000 was donated to help repair fire damage at Lakehaven Child and Youth Centre, home to over 40 abused, and vulnerable children aged six to 18.

The Colony

With Pronto restaurant, the centre sponsored a R10 000 shopping voucher raffle prize to raise funds for the Friends of Ballet and Johannesburg Ballet, to help needy children from local communities participate in the art of ballet.

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

BIODIVERSITY

Biodiversity is the variability among living organisms from all sources, including terrestrial, marine, and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species, and of ecosystems.

The Fund recognises that our properties and tenants have an environmental impact that extends beyond Climate Change but also includes impacts on Life Below Water and Life on Land.
Emira tracks and monitors the impacts of our properties and tenant operations to minimise the impact we are collectively having.

Buildings are tracked and graded based on the specific location of each asset and the Natural Biome in which it exists. Each property is assigned a Risk score and a Mitigation score as part of our analysis of our Portfolio’s Impact and Resilience.

Risk factors include Location, the Biome in which the building sits (e.g. the Fynbos Biome, being unique in the world, would be assigned a higher Risk score) as well as the operational risk of the tenants in the buildings and the possibility of contamination from their activities.

Mitigation factors monitored include the introduction of Biodiverse and Indigenous Landscaping, Urban Farming initiatives, Stormwater Management, Topsoil Management, the introduction of Bat, Bee and Bird Housing on the property. Also whether the property has a Green Pest control policy in place and whether composting is done on or off site.

Due to the widespread problem of Shot Hole Borer infection in the trees across the country, we also specifically monitor the number of infections and treatments undertaken. The number of trees lost due to the infections are also offset by the number of new trees planted at each property.

Emira partnered with Trees for Africa and planted 223 trees to offset our Carbon Emissions for company travel, commute and paper consumption. These were planted in disadvantaged areas and are made up of a combination of Indigenous and Fruit bearing trees that can be harvested by the local community.

Biodiversity is identified in the Emira ESG report as part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The 17 Goals address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.

RETAIL SOCIAL INITIATIVES

Emira’s shopping centres are very active in assisting the less fortunate from communities in and around their shopping centre catchment areas. Collectively, the retail centres undertake a whole host of charityfocused social initiatives each year, making a positive impact on a wide range of society’s needs. Some of the centres have busy calendars, with monthly social and charity programmes planned well in advance. Their good work brings communities together to assist those in need and attracts positive publicity and foot traffic to the centres.

Aside from raising much-needed funds for worthy causes, the centres facilitate donations of various physical goods that make a real difference to people’s lives. These include JoJo water tanks, school bags, library books, stationery and sports kits, garden and landscaping assistance. The centres also help to deliver special entertainment and educational services to local communities, including Christmas carols, personal health and safety discussions.

In addition, the shopping centres host and help to promote important organisations such as the South African National Blood Service (“SANBS”) and the Cancer Association of South Africa (“CANSA”). Furthermore, the centres protect animals and nature by assisting the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, as well as organising beach, lagoon and nature trail clean-ups.

Listed below is a summarised selection of Emira’s retail social initiatives for the year — shopping centres that raised donations or sponsorships of R10 000 or more, per initiative.

Wonderpark Shopping Centre

To assist the elderly and reward their loyalty to the centre, R120 000 in shopping vouchers were donated to members of the Golden Oldies pensioners club, who also enjoyed gifts, a meal and entertainment at a sponsored year-end function.

Free exhibition space to the value of R95 000 was donated to 10 worthy charity organisations, which helped to promote their various causes, create awareness and raise funds.

R90 000 worth of advertising space in the centre was donated to a number of charity organisations, helping to generate awareness and raise much needed funds.

Over R56 000 in new clothing was donated by the centre at its annual Street Sale, then distributed to the needy via worthy causes and non-profit organisations around the local catchment area.

The centre sponsored R50 000 to the 11th annual Wonderpark Road Race to raise funds for four schools from local communities, which in turn helped to organise the event, attended this year by 7 346 runners.

Over R25 000 was collected for the 16 days of activism against the abuse of woman and children, which generated publicity and provided educational self-defence demonstrations and martial arts related activities.

R20 000 was donated by the Fund to an inaugural event hosted by the centre for the South African Institute of Medicolegal Experts.

The centre sponsored promotional space valued at R17 000 for festive season gift-wrapping stations in prime locations around the centre, with all funds raised going to the Gracia Children’s Home.

Partnering with Checkers, the centre generated awareness that resulted in R15 000 being raised for charity in the Cupcakes for CANSA event.

The centre sponsored over R14 000 for the 67 Pints for Mandela Day with the SANBS, where blood donors each received a Wonderpark Shopping bag, blanket, mug, doughnut and a coffee from Wimpy.

For Movie Charity Day, R10 000 was sponsored for the residents of Gracia Children’s Home to enjoy Milky Lane ice creams, followed by an animated movie at the cinema, pizzas from Panarottis and prizes from Wonderland.

Wonderpark’s veggie garden grows fresh food on the property and donates it exclusively to the needy children of Luvuyo Orphanage, to maximise the positive impact on the local community.

Randridge Mall

With the help of Nashua and other local businesses, R256 000 was raised to sponsor 200 underprivileged children from seven local schools with the essentials they needed to start the school year.

To date, a total R185 000 has been collected at the mall for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust, an organisation that cares for children with cancer.

The 10th annual CANSA Shavathon collected R102 314 after generating significant publicity for the charity event and the mall over two weeks via radio station HOT 91.9FM.

A gift-wrapping initiative in partnership with Dis-Chem raised R65 000, with in-store customers purchasing toiletries that were distributed to local charities, schools, homes and families in need.

Market Square

Over R73 000 was raised at the annual festive season gift-wrapping stations and donated to 10 charities, as the centre supplied the wrapping materials and volunteers from the beneficiaries did the wrapping.

Boskruin, The Colony, Epsom Downs and Randridge Mall

On Mandela Day, the four shopping centres held Special Olympics televised for awareness by Super Sport, raising a total R65 000 as patrons donated their R1 coins to the worthy cause

Springfield Retail Centre

R10 000 was donated to help repair fire damage at Lakehaven Child and Youth Centre, home to over 40 abused, and vulnerable children aged six to 18.

The Colony

With Pronto restaurant, the centre sponsored a R10 000 shopping voucher raffle prize to raise funds for the Friends of Ballet and Johannesburg Ballet, to help needy children from local communities participate in the art of ballet.