Corporate Social Responsibility

Equality

M7 provides all employees with an equal opportunity to move and progress within our company. The firm promotes well-being at work and diversity in all its forms across all of our entities.

Responsibility

To reduce our carbon footprint, video conferencing is used, minimising consumption of paper and business travel.

We place great emphasis on acting responsibly in the societies where we operate and within our business.

Humanity

M7 was founded with the belief that there is room for a more personal approach to the traditional investment and asset management strategy which all too often only considers the bottom line.

While our focus is on delivering the best returns for our investors and providing excellent asset management solutions, we pride ourselves on longstanding personal relationships with all our partners whether investors, occupiers, service providers or lenders.

These strong relationships are integral to our success.

M7 strives to be the most innovative pan-European investment group known for our people and friendly culture. We are proud of our team that spans 16 offices across 14 countries, founded on a mutual respect for one another as well as our clients and partners.

Charity

M7 is committed to giving back to the communities we’re based in. We pledge to give back a percentage of our annual profit each year to charities our teams have chosen. The Charity Committee reviews all requests and approves commitments based on their relevance and fit with M7’s mission, level of transparency, credibility and ability to deliver tangible results.

Rather than just raising money, we encourage active staff participation to support our chosen charities. Many have developed into longstanding strategic partnerships where M7 is providing support on an ongoing basis. A few such partnerships include:

LandAid

Since 2016 we’ve supported this property industry charity focussed on ending youth homelessness.

In 2019 we sponsored their Steptober initiative, where property professionals walk as many steps as possible during October to raise vital funds. 582 property professionals walked around the world more than four times and raised over £85,000.

In 2020, M7 continues to work with LandAid as our main charity partner. We’re supporting Fat Macy’s, who work with young Londoners living in temporary accommodation. They provide a pathway towards independent living by inviting them to train with their chefs and front of house team.

LandAid have granted Fat Macy’s £100,000 for their first commercial restaurant space in South East London. The restaurant will give a minimum of 20 trainees per year the chance to start a 200-hour work experience placement, developing the skills they need to succeed and reach their full potential.

The space will also contain a ‘microhostel’ housing four of the trainees. M7 is proud to co-fund this grant with Paragon Building Consultancy.

Street Child United

In 2019 M7 sponsored Street Child United’s Cricket World Cup at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. Ahead of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, the initiative united street children from around the world to play in their own international cricket tournament to raise awareness and tackle the widespread stigma and negative treatment they face.

The M7 team attended Lord’s and organised and ran training games for the teams that did not make the final. This was a very positive experience for both the children and staff who connected through their shared love of sport.

FirstSite

We’re supporting FirstSite in 2020. It’s part of the Tate Gallery affiliation and is a UK based gallery that uses art to help give back to communities.

FirstSite present a varied programme of exhibitions, commissions, residencies, and screenings by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists.

They also use the canteen in their gallery to serve meals to local children who otherwise would not have access to regular or healthy meals and, as a result of malnutrition, would return to school approximately three months mentally behind the rest of the class.

COVID-19 crisis

During the pandemic, we raised funds for those who needed it the most through our companywide Step Challenge. Staff were challenged to walk 7,000 steps within 24 hours and donate to a charity of their choice before nominating a further two colleagues to take part. In just 20 days, 75% of the company stepped up to raise €7,000 for various international and local charities tackling issues such as homelessness, mental health, child safety, illness and disease, international aid and the endangerment of wildlife. Some of those charities included: LandAid, MIND, NHS Charities, Street Child United, Save the Children, Red Cross and UNICEF.