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Middle East

JLL Demonstrates Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability Results in Global Sustainability Report

JLL commends industry for making progress on converting to greener construction and building practices in the Middle East

​​Consistent with its commitment to best practice reporting and transparency, JLL (NYSE:JLL) today released its 2013 Sustainability Report, "We are JLL. We take responsibility."

The report presents a summary of JLL's performance against its highest-priority sustainability areas: energy and resources; green buildings; client service excellence; community and supply chain; and workplace, well-being and diversity. It highlights an increased demand from clients, employees and shareholders to integrate sustainability into real estate decisions. JLL's approach is consistent with guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative's G4 Guidelines, the International Integrated Reporting Council's (IIRC) <IR> Framework and the United Nations Global Compact.

Commenting on the report, Mr Alan Robertson, CEO of JLL, Middle East & North Africa, said: "Sustainability is gaining momentum globally and areas in our region, such as the UAE, have the opportunity to be the flagship of sustainable development. The region is at the forefront of environmental policies, procedures and regulations and each developer has to now take responsibility for going that extra mile and pushing the boundaries of sustainable development. The combination of stricter environmental legislation and greater awareness of a sustainable premium will drive increased attention on more sustainable building practices in the Middle East over the next few years. While we have made progress in the past year, we expect this to accelerate in the build up to Dubai's Expo 2020.''

Mr Robertson continued: "JLL uses its global resources and proven best practice in providing services to clients in the MENA region. We see our contribution to the community as an important part of our sustainability strategy, and we continue to look for ways to enhance some of the top properties we manage in the UAE. For example, when JLL introduced an Energy Management System  into U Bora Tower in Business Bay, a number of small but significant changes resulted in an annual average saving of 15% on the utility costs. Working with  the Facilities Management company on implementation, these changes included modifying the lighting system (LED lights) and optimizing the Building Management System.

JLL's commitment to environmental and social sustainability, and corporate governance and citizenship for clients and its own operations are evident through its 2013 achievements in the five focus areas of its Global Sustainability Commitment, detailed in the report:  

Energy and resources:

    • JLL delivered estimated energy savings of 377 million kWh for U.S. clients, equal to $39 million in 2013 and equivalent to removing roughly 46,300 cars annually from the road.
    • In JLL's own offices, GHG emissions decreased by 7% to 1.5 metric tons per employee in 2013.

 Green buildings:

    • JLL achieved 76 green building certifications for clients, covering 5.2 million square feet (481,200 m2), over 75 percent of which were LEED.
    • 125 JLL offices have green building fit-out or certifications, or are incorporating green building or fit out principles.


Client service excellence:

    • JLL appeared on Ethisphere Institute's "World's Most Ethical Companies" list for the sixth consecutive year in 2013 (seventh in 2014).

Community and supply chain:

    • JLL recorded total charitable contributions of at least $4.4 million. Employees volunteered more than 2,821 days to support charitable causes in 2013, up 61 percent from 2012.
    • In Dubai, JLL MENA sponsors a triathlon series (the first race in 2013 was the Roy Nasr Memorial Triathlon) and raises funds and provide help in kind to worthy causes such as the Al Noor Centre.

Workplace, well-being and diversity:

    • JLL was recognized by organizations including the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index and the Black Equal Opportunity Employment Journal for our efforts to promote workplace diversity.
    • 44% of countries had at least one diversity and inclusion initiative.

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