Sustainability

External Recognition


  • The Sierra Fund was ranked 4th in the non-listed European retail sector of the 2016 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), and 6th in European retail overall; the Sierra Portugal Fund was placed 7th and 11th in these respective categories, and Iberia Coop 10th and 15th.
  • Uberlândia Shopping received a Silver Award in the Newton Rique Sustainability category of the ABRASCE Awards for energy and water management.
  • PromoFans® distinguished with a bronze award in the Internationalisation category of the Eficácia Awards.
  • Ranked second in our European peer group in the 2015 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), and achieved a Green Star award for the 5th consecutive year.
  • Awarded a Green Star in the 2014 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) – the highest achievable rating.
  • Honoured by the ICSC Solal Marketing Awards as winner of the Gold Award for Digital Integrated Campaigns for our PromoFans® platform.
  • Distinguished by the ICSC Latin American Shopping Center Awards with a Gold prize in the Operations category for the sustainable waste management programme at Shopping Metrópole and a Silver prize in the same category for the eco-efficiency initiatives at Parque D. Pedro Shopping (both in Brazil).
  • Received an honourable mention in the European Business Awards for the Environment – Innovation Award for Sustainability (EBAEpis), Management category.
  • Received four awards at the “ICSC Solal Marketing Awards” – the highest number for a European company. Our ‘Flash Store’ initiative was awarded the maximum distinction – a Gold Award – in the ‘Business to Business’ category.
  • Received five awards at the “Green Business Index Awards” in Romania, including ‘Best Overall Environmental Performance’, and first prizes in the ‘Buildings’ and ‘Green Acquisitions’ categories.
  • Our 2012 Economic, Environmental and Social Report was shortlisted in the Annual Report category at the “Digital Communication Award 2013”.
  • Awarded a Green Star in the 2013 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) – the highest achievable rating.
  • Sonae Sierra’s “Música por uma Ca(u)sa” fundraising campaign for the Association of Parents and Friends of Children with Cancer received an honourable mention at the ICSC Foundation European Community Support Awards.
  • Received a mention in the Social Corporate Responsibility Category of the Spanish Shopping Centre Association (AECC) awards.
  • Sonae Sierra property funds ranked first among our peer group of 17 companies, and 11th worldwide, by the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) for sustainability.
  • Sonae Sierra property funds ranked as the most sustainable in Europe and third worldwide by the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), which ranks property funds and real estate companies according to their commitment to sustainability.
  • Ranked as the leader of the Corporate Climate Responsibility Index published by ACGE in Portugal for the sixth time. This index, which is published by Euronatura, included the participation of Portugal’s 82 largest companies and is based on 28 criteria regarding the management of and investment in strategies to combat climate change and reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions.
  • Distinguished at the StrategicRISK European Risk Management Awards in the “Most Innovative Use of IT or other Technology” category for our Safety and Health Inspections System.
  • NorteShopping in Portugal won the ICSC Jean Louis Solal Marketing Award for Cause Related Marketing for the campaign ‘Cycle and switch on our Christmas tree’ which was intended to increase environmental awareness among the local community.
  • Shortlisted for the Edie Awards for Environmental Excellence 2011 in the category ‘Green Corporate Initiative’.
  • Shortlisted for the DuPont Safety Award 2011 for our innovative approach to creating safer shopping centres for children.
  • Shortlisted for the Digital Communication Award 2010 for outstanding accomplishment in the field of ‘Digital communications and PR for Corporate Social Responsibility Report’.
  • Finalist in the Premios Corresponsables (Corresponsables Award) for the GUIO project to help blind people and those with visual impairment to use our shopping centres.
  • Winner of the European Best Environmental Risk Control in the Risk Management Awards, proving Sonae Sierra’s innovation and leadership in the environmental area through efficient use of energy and water and good waste management.
  • Ranked first for the fifth time in the ACGE Corporate Climate Responsibility Index by Euronatura in Portugal. Euronatura aims to evaluate the performance of a selected number of companies from different areas of activity operating in Portugal in terms of their ability to handle the challenge of climate changes.
  • Finalist in the Getulio Vargas Foundation Award for Social Responsibility and Sustainability for two projects in Brazil: the hazardous waste collection established at Pátio Brasil Shopping and Metrópole Educa, our community education project at Shopping Metrópole.
  • Winner of the European Commission’s Sustainable Energy Europe Awards Market Transformation Award, acknowledging Sonae Sierra’s innovative approach to sustainable energy production and conservation which we have demonstrated through the implementation of our “Green Centre” concept.
  • Winner of the Best Risk Training Programme in the 2009 European Risk Management Awards for our Personæ Project.
  • First place in Euronatura Climate Responsibility Ranking for the fourth time.
  • Winner of the first Green Thinker Award at the 2008 ExpoReal European Property Awards. The Green Thinker Award honours the real estate development company with the greenest strategy in Europe. The jury commented that they “were looking for a commitment at all levels of the organisation that goes beyond straight compliance. Sonae Sierra is absolutely outstanding in all dimensions. The strategy comes through at all levels and is well thought-out.”
  • First place in the Euronatura Climate Responsibility ranking.
  • Winner of the first “ReSource” award at the ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centres) 2007 Awards ceremony, acknowledging our long-term commitment to sustainable development.
  • Personæ project wins the DuPont Safety Award in the category of Visible Management Commitment. An independent jury congratulated Sonae Sierra on its efforts towards the dissemination of a safety culture among all its stakeholders, and recognised the very positive impact of this project on society’s sustainable development.
  • First place in the Euronatura Climate Responsibility ranking.
  • Winner of the ECO prize from the American Chamber of Commerce in Brazil for our collective efforts towards our on-going Personæ Project, which was launched in 2004 to address safety and health risks throughout the company.
  • Third place in the Euronatura Climate Responsibility ranking.
  • First place in the Euronatura Climate Responsibility ranking. This evaluates the performance of Portuguese companies, across different sectors, in terms of their ability to handle the challenge of climate change.
  • Parque D. Pedro Shopping in Brazil received two awards for its Environmental Management System (EMS): the Merit Award from Fundação Getulio Vargas in the ‘Shopping Centres’ category and the Merit Award from the Associação Brasileira de Shopping Centres in the ‘Excellence of Management’ category.

Note: At the "Sustainability" all information is comprehensive and refer to the Sierra and its shopping centers in the various countries in which it operates, including Brazil.