JLL announces ambitious new program in 2019 Global Sustainability Report

JLL announced that it is on-track to achieve, its 2020 sustainability targets, and has established an ambitious new, multi-year program framed around its commitment to shape the future of real estate for a better world.

JLL’s sustainability strategy, Building a Better Tomorrow, focuses on embedding sustainability across the four pillars of the program: Clients, People, Workplaces and Communities. The multi-year plan advances JLL’s commitment to clients, employees and communities by focusing on:

  • Cutting carbon emissions across its workspaces and operations by 70%, through the delivery of JLL’s validated science-based target. The target is aligned with the 1.5°C trajectory set forth by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Paris Climate Agreement, the most stringent recommended reduction pathway. This work is complemented by JLL’s accompanying scope 3 emissions reduction target which focuses on partnering with clients to realize their own energy and sustainability goals.
  • Implementing the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) to identify and assess climate-related risks and opportunities to support the shift to a low-carbon economy, while continuing to provide greater transparency for the investor community.
  • Doing everything JLL can to achieve a better, fair and more sustainable future for all by concentrating its efforts on six UN Sustainable Development Goals – Goals 3, 5, 8, 11, 12 and 13 – that are most material to JLL.

Throughout 2019, implementation was focused on JLL’s operation and services in eight key JLL markets including the U.S., the U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Greater China, India and Japan. These markets will lead the way in driving meaningful change in the company’s operations around the world. In 2020, JLL will begin formal engagement with the next tranche of countries, twelve in total, to roll-out Building a Better Tomorrow.

Ramesh Nair, CEO and Country Head, India, JLL, said, “JLL’s global sustainability program ‘Building a Better Tomorrow, has helped the company be on track to meet – all existing sustainability targets across the four pillars of the program including Clients, People, Workplaces and Communities. The report is our roadmap for a responsible business and is sure to help us achieve resilience across all areas of sustainability thereby accessing environmental, social and governance challenges that lie ahead of us all.”

JLL’s Bangalore Technology, Data & Information Management (TDIM) office received LEED V4 Platinum certification for designing an energy and water-efficient space under the interior fit out category, known as LEED for Interior Design and Construction: Commercial Interiors.

JLL’s sustainability highlights for 2019 include:

  • Generating lasting value for our Clients: 240 sustainable building certifications achieved for clients; 112,674 metric tons CO2e averted by advising clients on renewable energy projects.
  • Engaging our People: percent of female employees increased to 35% of the workforce; 14 major global recognitions for our work in diversity and inclusion; the introduction of One team S.A.F.E.R together, a global program to drive a stronger safety culture across JLL.
  • Transforming our Workplaces: 72 JLL offices achieved sustainable building certifications, including the highest score in energy and environmental design for JLL’s Hong Kong office at One Taikoo Place.
  • Supporting our Communities12,582 days of employee time contributed to communities; $11.1m in contributions made to community causes.
  • The rollout of a global Sustainable Procurement Framework to leverage JLL’s third-party spend of more than $32 billion for clients and communities.

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