Sonae Sierra, the international shopping centre specialist, has distinguished 13 tenants of its shopping centres in six countries.The Planet Sierra Tenant Awards, which are given every two years, were established in 2010 as part of a sustainability strategy, in order to recognize acknowledging tenants that demonstrate the greatest commitment to sustainability and that have implemented the most interesting green initiatives.
In addition to raising awareness of tenants in relation to sustainable practices, these awards are also aim at identifying the business benefits that can generate in the medium term higher efficiency and cost savings, since adopting measures that foment respect for the environment can improve a company's results by saving energy and water consumption.
Sustainable habits are increasingly appreciated by citizens and by shopping centres visitors, and thus are a way to respond to their needs and favour the degree of customer loyalty for business.
"The fact that our tenants become more environmentally aware and carry out sustainable measures is a priority for Sonae Sierra, since society in general benefits from the results of these measures. We want the awards to be an incentive for our tenants to reinforce their environmental commitment and also to serve as an example and a stimulus for other tenants," - told Elsa Monteiro, Head of Sustainability and Corporate Communication at Sonae Sierra.
The awarded tenantsThis year, 13 shops were distinguished among the shopping malls of the company, distributed in three categories:
Category A - for shops of 1,000 m2 or more, or belonging to international chains of ten or more stores.
Category B - for shops under 1,000 m2 or belonging to chains of less than ten shops.
Category C - an international distinction that covers all super and hypermarkets of Sonae Sierra's shopping centres.
- A - Clínica Particular do Algarve (AlgarveShopping)
- B - McDonald's (Estação Viana Shopping)
- A - Leroy Merlin (Uberlândia Shopping)
- B - Algar Telecom (Franca Shopping)
- A - Mustang (LOOP5)
- B - Name it (Alexa)
- A - Ottica Nau! (Freccia Rossa)
- B - Rosso Sapore (Le Terrazze)
- A - Intersport (River Plaza Mall)
- B - Line Cinema (River Plaza Mall)
- A - H&M (Zubiarte)
- B - Burger King (Dos Mares)
- C - BM Urban (Zubiarte)
Sonae Sierra's commitment to sustainability dates back to 1998 and was endorsed by obtaining the ISO 14001 certification for its entire environmental management system.