People Moves: BNP Paribas Real Estate appoints Donna Rouke as ESG Director
Press Release - BNP Paribas Real Estate UK has announced the appointment of Donna Rourke as its Director of environmental, social and governance (ESG).
In this newly created role, Donna will be responsible for driving strategy, integrating and embedding ESG into the day-to-day business to best serve clients and employees. With her extensive experience in real estate and sustainability, she will collaborate closely with senior leadership in commercial, residential and rural business lines, as well as with external industry partners, to set ambitious targets and achieve sustainable solutions.
Etienne Prongué, CEO at BNP Paribas Real Estate commented:
"Donna's appointment signals our desire to continue to build and deliver a competitive and compelling offering in this crucially important area. She will direct our engagement and effective stewardship to grow our distinctive leadership position, always with our clients' best interests at our heart. Executing against our ESG efforts and creating a positive impact across our business is imperative to delivering value to our clients and Donna will be a critical partner in these efforts. I'm thrilled to welcome her to the firm as we continue to build our ESG platform."
Donna Rourke, Director of ESG at BNP Paribas Real Estate added:
"I was attracted to this role because we have a shared view that the real estate sector has a pivotal role to play in mitigating the impact of climate change and creating resilient communities. I'm really looking forward to joining the team at BNPPRE and using my experience to help to develop new ideas that will link ESG strategy, build business opportunities and inspire employees."
Donna Rourke joins from the University College of Estate Management she led the Marketing Communications and Brand team and delivered strategic, innovation, sustainability and diversity projects. Prior to this, she held leadership roles in commercial real estate, residential property and student accommodation firms. Outside of work, she is a passionate advocate for sustainability and the environment, a founder member of the Global Responsible Futures Network and volunteer with the Youth Adventure Trust.
BNP Paribas Real Estate has ambitious growth plans for its ESG offer and capabilities. This appointment follows four newly created positions in its Property Management team in the last few months. The firm will continue to add new resources and capabilities across its commercial, residential and rural business lines as part of its roadmap to 2025.
BNPPRE is fully committed to keeping its business on track towards a green and profitable future and is proud to have been net-carbon neutral since 2017.