It was Auf Wiedersehen to EXPO REAL yesterday, as the big real estate fair in Munich closed its doors after three very busy days. The stalls were crowded and the halls were packed, including the Innovation and Proptech Hall, a brand new feature at EXPO REAL this year that recognised the growing importance of technology in all sectors of real estate.
Real Asset Media’s International Investors’ Lounge was placed right in the middle of the new hall, which had a particular buzz about it. On the last day the Lounge hosted a panel discussion on “The big picture – taking a diverse view”, hearing the views of four women with different roles and experiences in the real estate sector.
They agreed that much has been done to make the industry more equal, diverse, fair and sustainable, but there is a long way to go. The positive development is that companies now take a more serious strategic approach to ESG and no longer just do a box-ticking exercise. There is also more awareness of the need for flexibility across the board, in the working environment as well as in the living sphere, which was originally a demand that came from women but now benefits everyone regardless of sex, age and position. The real change, the panellists agreed, comes from younger generations who actively choose to work for companies that are sustainable and offer diversity and flexibility.
A very successful fair ended quite appropriately with a get-together and a celebration, as Real Asset Media hosted a networking lunch at the International Investors’ Lounge. See you in Munich next year, or better still, at one of the many Investment Briefings that we organise over the next few months.
I’ll be back – Hasta La vista!