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JLL publishes 2018 sustainability achievements

Real estate investment company, JLL, is making strong progress towards its 2020 sustainability targets according to its latest Sustainability Highlights Report.

As part of its sustainability strategy, ‘Building a Better Tomorrow’, the firm delivered several initiatives in 2018 including those that champion climate change action, support the end of homelessness, promote the circular economy and remove barriers to social mobility in the real estate sector.

Chris Ireland, CEO at JLL UK, commented: “The built environment has an enormous impact on the world and we are entering what many are calling the ‘make-or-break’ decade for action. This report highlights some of the progress we are making on key social and environmental issues, including climate change, to help shift opinion and behaviour within our business and across the industry. Embedding sustainability into our culture – in the way we think and the work we do – is increasingly expected by our stakeholders and supported by the entire JLL UK leadership team.”

JLL’s 2018 sustainability highlights include:

Championing climate action

  • Transitioned over 30% of the buildings managed for clients to a natural renewable electricity contract, a first for the sector. This is a major enhancement to the standard renewables contract already in place across the vast majority of the electricity it buys for its clients’ buildings
  • 90% of electricity powering the firm’s own corporate offices is now from renewables; 60% is sourced from – and supports – a 5MW solar farm in Suffolk

Ending homelessness

  • Extended partnership with Crisis to 2020, doubling the original commitment. Now over halfway towards the fundraising target of £1.2 million, with £630,000raised so far (2017: £274,300)
  • Residential experts contributed to Crisis’s ‘Plan to End Homelessness’ and advised Homes England on fresh ideas to improve housing supply
  • Affordable Housing team valued over 650,000 social housing units last year

 Making the most of waste

  • Became a ‘champion for the Built Environment as part of Business in the Community’s (BITC) ‘Waste to Wealth’ initiative
  • Contributed to BITC’s Circular Economy Taskforce and helped to produce their first Circular Office Guide
  • Tested circular initiatives in JLL offices, including turning waste coffee grounds into green energy and installing repurposed furniture
  • Replaced over £2 million single use plastics with eco-friendly alternatives

 Empowering people and leading change

  • 26 senior executives trained at Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
  • Just under 20% of JLL staff volunteered

Unlocking talent through social mobility

  • One of the Top 50 employers in the Social Mobility Index
  • Reached 600 students from non-advantaged backgrounds

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