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Corporate Social Responsibility
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.
To reduce our carbon footprint, video conferencing is used, minimising business travel.
We place great emphasis on acting responsibly in the societies where we operate and within our business.
M7 was founded with the belief that there was 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 still on delivering the best returns for our investors and providing excellent asset management solutions, at M7 we pride ourselves on our longstanding personal relationships with all our partners whether investors, occupiers, service providers or lenders. It is these strong relationships that have been integral to our success.
M7 strives to be a leading specialist in the pan-European, regional real estate market known for its people and personable culture and for being innovative.
At the core of M7 is our culture. We are proud of our team that spans 15 countries and territories with 18 offices and is founded on a mutual respect for one another as well as our clients and partners.
M7 is committed to giving back to the communities we live and work 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 ability to meet our charity criteria including the relevance and fit with M7’s mission, level of transparency, credibility, and ability to deliver tangible results.
This year we are working even harder to ensure that commitments are in line with the broader ESG strategy M7 is implementing, with a key focus being on improving the environment and communities in the areas we have offices and assets.
Rather than just donating funds, M7 encourages active staff participation to help support our chosen charities. Many of the charities we support have developed into longstanding strategic partnerships where M7 is providing support on an ongoing basis. A few such partnerships include:
M7 will continue to partner with LandAid, the property industry’s charity working to end youth homelessness. This is M7’s seventh year supporting LandAid, who give circa £2m in grants each year to charities across the country, mainly funding capital projects to renovate existing, or create new safe, secure, and affordable accommodation for young homeless people.
In 2020, M7 contributed a £50,000 grant towards the LandAid House project. With practical completion at the start of March 2021, when the building was officially handed over to City YMCA, the redevelopment has the ability to house 146 young people.
WCCS Bursary Program
The Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors (WCCS) has launched a program of student bursaries. A combination of charitable giving and a proactive programme that provides direct support to the students, by connecting them with a company, each student will have the opportunity to secure a professional qualification which otherwise would not have been possible. This is M7’s second year as a WCCS ‘Champion’, with the three-year commitment covering one student’s study of Land Economy at University of Cambridge.
BAYES Real Estate Club
Similar to the WCCS program, M7 has contributed to the BAYES business School Scholarship fund, which helps to secure access to third level education for students from low socio-economic backgrounds. As part of this partnership M7 will also be supporting the BAYES Real Estate Club in the work they do including their podcast, webinars, and annual conference.
OneDay.Global is a new movement bringing companies of all sizes together for one day a year to invest in UK and global programmes to mitigate climate change. OneDay.Global isn’t philanthropy, rather it offers a solution for companies to meet their net zero commitments, and for us all to do our bit. M7 is encouraging employees to take part in the OneDay.Global movement by giving one day’s pay and/or one day’s action to help support the delivery of the most urgent climate change programmes, faster and at scale.
During the COVID19 pandemic, M7 helped to raise funds for those who needed it the most through their companywide step challenge. 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.
As the investment and asset manager of The Mailbox in Birmingham, M7 has committed to a number of environmental and social value initiatives. A highlight included the Annual Dragon Boat Race, the first partnership event with Birmingham Women’s & Children’s Hospital and their single most successful fundraising event ever raising £127k. Other programmes support Artis Foundation, Food To Go, The Bike Project and the development of an apprenticeship program this year.