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ESG Performance of Real Estate Development Companies in China
JLL found that the overall MSCI ESG ratings of China's real estate development companies are on the rise; green building, energy saving and emission reduction, product quality, safety management and board diversification are key areas of concern.
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Unlocking ESG opportunities: How ESG performance factors into investment strategy
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the connections between sustainability and the financial market, with responsible investing being on the trajectory to become mainstream. Better ESG performing companies are associated with lower risks and higher returns, which can be reflected in the company’s value. Establishing a systematic approach to integrate ESG factors into fair value calculation is of paramount importance to optimize your investment strategy.
We prepare ESG reports and provide consulting services in accordance with Appendix 20/27 Environmental, Social and Governance Reporting Guidelines of HKEX listing rule, or other international mainstream reporting guidelines (Such as: GRI, TCFD, SASB, etc.). We share our insights about the policies and regulations of China and Hong Kong on ESG disclosures.
Impact reporting plays an important role in the field of sustainable development and ESG. We utilize the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and other methodologies to construct a suitable framework of indicators based on the needs and objectives of our clients. These indicators help companies assess the alignment of their business and projects with the UN SDGs or other sustainable development agendas, and quantify the impact of their sustainable development goals. We employ methods and technologies such as spatial correlation analysis and Geographic Information System (GIS) to analyze, evaluate and visualize the environmental, social, or economic impacts of business operations and projects. This allows us to better understand and quantify their influence. Through this approach, we can provide targeted recommendations for ESG measures and draft corresponding impact report for you and your stakeholders.
As regulators and investors are paying more attention to corporate ESG data and disclosures, we provide independent report verification services on the report’s integrity and data accuracy, these can enhance the quality and credibility of an ESG report. We are an AA1000 Assurance Standard (AA1000AS v3) licensed service provider.
The trend in climate related disclosures for a corporate has changed from a nice-to-have to need-to-have. Global regulators are putting greater efforts into mandating these disclosures. Our ESG team is familiar with the disclosure requirements of the TCFD and has extensive experience in report writing. We utilize GIS technology to identify climate risks in key areas of concern for the enterprise under different climate scenarios, and quantify the level of risk in these areas. This helps the enterprise establish directions and measures to address climate risks. Meanwhile, we provide SFC climate-related disclosure services to fund manager clients.
Sustainability roadmap planning
Our sustainability roadmap planning solutions aim to assist our clients in providing clear and feasible suggestions in their sustainable development journey - setting short, medium, and long-term goals. These will enable branding and performance enhancements, and build a solid foundation for the client's sustainable development strategy. We also provide insights about carbon emissions for specific projects alongside a feasible and effective carbon reduction solution, aiming for Zero Carbon Buildings.
Gap analysis - ESG disclosures
We are familiar with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting guidelines, which helps us in assessing the current ESG disclosure status of clients, identifying gaps between existing measures and guidelines, and addressing identified gaps. We provide detailed ESG optimization action plans to continuously improve clients' ESG disclosures and help them better understand their business conditions. We also provide pre-assessment services for clients who are planning to prepare ESG reports.
ESG due diligence
Investors are increasingly demanding to incorporate ESG into investment considerations. We will uncover any controversial or illegal behaviors as well as offer insight into any positive actions, such as initiatives taken and any ESG-relevant awards that have been granted in the target company or projects before and during investment.
ESG rating enhancement advisory
With years of expertise in ESG rating frameworks and methodologies, we offer comprehensive services to enhance ESG ratings or scores for a number of mainstream international ESG rating organizations, including MSCI, GRESB, S&P CSA, CDP, etc. We assist companies in conducting benchmarking and gap analysis, enhancing data disclosure, implementing sustainable practices, responding to questionnaire and reviewing the rating assessment report.
Based on the ISO 14064 GHG Greenhouse Gas Quantification and Verification or the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard, we provide GHG quantification report on GHG emissions accounting, which helps our clients to identify various sources of carbon emissions, clarify emission boundaries, and measure greenhouse gas emissions upon an agreed scope. These can assist our clients in their preparation for further work related to climate change (for example: energy management and carbon management). We also provide carbon audit services based on client’s scope.
We provide a series of professional training courses to different stakeholders to engage them as part of the ESG ecosystem. Online and offline ESG workshops for our clients are offered to improve their business through ESG aspect. We offer predefined or tailor-made ESG trainings such as Introduction and suggestions of various ESG reporting standards, Management's leadership role and accountability in ESG, Deficiencies and suggestions for companies' management of ESG data management mechanism, How to Prepare Climate-related Disclosure and Apply Climate Risk Assessment Tools etc.
Talk to us about your ESG advisory needs
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