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Sustainability is not a constraint – it is an opportunity

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As a global society, we have been grappling with sustainability for many years. It doesn’t help that the definition of the term is open to interpretation—and constantly changing. As individuals we each have different capacities and responsibilities, and to me, sustainability is about pooling our strengths to make a positive impact on the world we live in.

At JLL, our vision is to create spaces, buildings and cities where everyone can thrive. According to the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), buildings are responsible over 40 percent the world’s energy consumption and one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions.

It is clear, we have a lot of work to do. But rather than feeling overwhelmed, we can view this as a great opportunity. True, changing habits is not easy—especially at scale—but when you focus on the payoffs, it becomes a no brainer.

As outlined in JLL’s 2016 Global Sustainability Report, our sustainability services generated revenue of $27 million last year. We also helped US clients save an estimated 282 metric tons of CO2e, an equivalent of around $59 million in costs. That’s roughly the same as 29,000 homes’ worth of energy consumption.

Sustainability is not just about the environment. It is about resilient communities, and wellbeing on both the individual and societal level.… Read More

Sustainability Gets a Seat At the Table

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Guest contributor Mark Ohringer, JLL’s General Counsel, discusses the importance of corporate sustainability and social responsibility. 

When I attend external conferences, I am often asked by my peers about the size of our sustainability teams. To be sure, investing in a sustainability function through dedicated staff signals a company’s commitment to acting as a good corporate citizen, reducing environmental impacts and focusing on well-being and people. A comprehensive ethics program also reinforces… Read More

Corporate Social Responsibility… Is It For Real?

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It’s standard practice these days for companies to brag about their accomplishments in social responsibility, including sustainability.

Is it a good thing?

Here at JLL, we think corporate social responsibility is important for a number of reasons. First, just talking about social responsibility means companies are thinking about it. Ten years ago that was not the case.  Second, producing these corporate responsibility reports require time and effort. There are programs to describe and statistics… Read More