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Colin Dyer: “Real estate pivotal in fight against global environmental challenges”
* Principally green building rating standards such as LEED or equivalent, but also including energy and environmental management qualifications
CEO, Colin Dyer, said: “Our CSR report tells the story of our achievements and challenges throughout 2010 in the sphere of sustainability and corporate social responsibility, both internally and in our work for our clients. We take seriously our role as a global corporate citizen and are proud of the reputation we have built for acting with integrity and strong governance in our business relationships and for the many ways in which our people strive to improve the communities in which they live and work. In particular, commercial real estate is now generally recognised as pivotal in the fight against global environmental challenges including climate change and the consumption of increasingly scarce resources. The United Nations Environment Program estimates that buildings are responsible for more than 40% of global energy use, one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions and 30% of raw material use. As a business – and as an industry – we have a responsibility to respond to these challenges.”
Mr Dyer continued: “A critical aspect of our role as a corporate citizen is to contribute to the sustainability and prosperity of the world over the longer term. We enthusiastically embrace every opportunity to partner with our clients to advance those aims, as well as collaborating with businesses right across our industry in addressing the broader environmental challenges to which real estate is a key factor. Whether through our Energy & Sustainability Services business; our founding membership of organisations such as the Greenprint Foundation; our research and forecasting work, such as our Global Sustainability Perspective series; or our internal ACT for A Cleaner Tomorrow program, sustainability is central to our strategic thinking and we strongly believe in the collective impact and improvement that the whole real estate industry can achieve by working together.”
The CSR report has been prepared in accordance with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines to an initial, self-evaluated disclosure level C, with advice and oversight from Ceres, a US-based non-profit organisation of investors, environmental organisations and public interest groups working with businesses to address sustainability challenges. It is also believed to be the first report to be prepared in line with the forthcoming GRI Construction and Real Estate Sector Supplement guidelines which Jones Lang LaSalle has been actively involved in developing.
Additional related information is available from Jones Lang LaSalle’s dedicated CSR website www.joneslanglasalle.com/csr , from the main company site www.joneslanglasalle.com, and from a podcast where our Global Chief Operating and Financial Officer, Lauralee Martin, discusses our CSR commitment.
NOTES TO EDITORS: ¹ These figures relate to estimated emissions and energy savings during 2010 for client properties managed by Jones Lang LaSalle in the US only. Full global figures for 2010 are not available; US figures are therefore included to give an indication of scale for context purposes.
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