2014 Global Sustainability Report details continued progress in client service, green buildings, sustainable operations and workplace initiatives
Submitted by: JLL
Posted: Jul 27, 2015 – 09:30 AM EST
CHICAGO, Jul. 27 /CSRwire/ - JLL launches “Our cities. Our future.” the firm’s recently released 2014 Global Sustainability Report. The Report demonstrates our continuing positive impact in its services and operations around the world. It also validates the increasing influence of ethical business practices and integrity on building and sustaining long-term client relationships and the value companies place on ethical principles and behaviors.
“Sustainability is a key driver for improved performance, allowing us to extend better service offerings to our clients, better value to our shareholders and better career opportunities to our employees,” said Colin Dyer, JLL President and CEO. “As a responsible corporate citizen, we seek to have a positive impact on the world around us and to continue to create enduring value over the long term.”
The results of JLL’s environmentally and socially sustainable operations are described in case studies and client testimonials demonstrating the significant impact of operating as a sustainable, ethical enterprise within the five focus areas of the firm’s Global Sustainability Commitment.
Highlights from the 2014 Global Sustainability Report include:
Client service excellence
JLL engaged with 58 sustainability global and local organizations and initiatives, such as the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), the World Green Building Council and the World Economic Forum Partnering Against Corruption Initiative.
Sustainability data from over 160,500 of JLL’s own and client’s buildings are housed on its innovative environmental reporting platforms.
Over 3,500 employees received training related to legal, ethics or compliance matters, further embedding ethical behavior into JLL’s corporate culture.
Workplace, well-being and diversity
80 percent of countries reported that they were undertaking at least one health, safety and well-being initiative.
35 percent of total employees and 27 percent of directors were women.
JLL invested $263 per employee in professional training and development in 2014, compared to $235 in 2013.
Community and supply chain
In its service offering, JLL included general and industry-specific sustainability criteria in supplier proposals and questionnaires for centrally-managed, multi-client contracts.
In its own operations, JLL applied sustainability criteria to its own procurement practices, and strictly enforced a Code of Conduct for vendors.
Around the world where JLL operates, employees spent 4,590 days volunteering in local communities, and total charitable giving reached $4.8 million.
Energy & resources
Estimated energy savings for United States clients reached 477 million kWh in 2014 alone, equating to estimated cost savings of $47 million – a 27 percent increase in savings from last year.
In the U.S. and UK, total greenhouse gas emissions averted from installed or consented renewable energy projects JLL advised on was more than 62,000 metric tons of CO2. There has been a significant increase in the emissions averted through projects that have either been installed or received consent by more than 44,000 metric tons since 2013.
JLL employs 1,531 accredited professionals to deliver energy savings for clients and ourselves around the world. In the last year, JLL achieved a total of 87 green building certifications, an increase of 14 percent compared to the previous year, covering over 18 million square feet (over 1.6 million square meters).
17 percent of JLL’s corporate offices featured a green building certification and a further 47 percent of JLL’s offices had green building principles (without a certification).
“In the last year, JLL has grown into a Fortune 500 worldwide, organization employing more than 58,000 employees and serving clients in over 80 countries. We have been able to achieve this growth through an exceptional understanding of our industry and our ability to meet and exceed the needs of our clients,” Dyer said. “These efforts are enhanced through our commitment to sustainability, and by following strategies that support superior client service, sustainable operations and high ethical standards into everything we do.”
Read the full 2014 Global Sustainability Report, “Our cities. Our future.”
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