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Colin Dyer: “Real estate pivotal in fight against global environmental challenges”
Jones Lang LaSalle enabled businesses to collectively reduce carbon emissions by 563,000 tons¹ during 2010, documenting energy savings of $128 million¹ for its clients as result. The figures are included in the firm’s latest annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, which is published online today.The new report, entitled Where we stand: Building beyond tomorrow, provides a rigorous assessment of Jones Lang LaSalle’s own wide-ranging CSR commitments, including its energy use and environmental impact, which together form the core focus for its worldwide internal sustainability program, ACT for A Cleaner Tomorrow. Also covered are the firm’s CSR commitments in the areas of ethics, community, workplace, wellbeing and diversity. Amongst other highlights, the report shows that Jones Lang LaSalle in 2010:• Was named ‘One of the World’s Most Ethical Companies’ by the Ethisphere Institute for the third successive year (subsequently also for a fourth consecutive year in 2011)• Was named ‘ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year’ by the US Environmental Protection Agency for the second time (third time in 2011).• Reached 624 professionals accredited to environmental standards* by the end of 2010• Spent more than $1.9 million on charitable initiatives, including disaster relief funds* Principally green building rating standards such as LEED or equivalent, but also including energy and environmental management qualificationsCEO, 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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Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. The firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate. With 2010 global revenue of more than USD 2.9 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 70 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide, including 200 corporate offices. The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 1.8 billion square feet worldwide. LaSalle Investment Management, the company’s investment management business, is one of the world’s largest and most diverse in real estate with USD 45.3 billion of assets under management. Jones Lang LaSalle has over 50 years of experience in Asia Pacific, with over 20,800 employees operating in 77 offices in 13 countries across the region. The firm was named the Best Property Consultancy in Asia Pacific at 'The Asia Pacific Property Awards 2011 in association with Bloomberg Television'. For further information, please visit our website, www.ap.joneslanglasalle.com200 East Randolph Drive Chicago Illinois 60601 │ 22 Hanover Square London W1A 2BN │ 9 Raffles Place #39–00 Republic Plaza Singapore 048619
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