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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:
Client service excellence:
Community and supply chain:
Workplace, well-being and diversity:
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