Jones Lang LaSalle's CSR Report Demonstrates Commitment to Creating Sustainable Value for Clients, Employees and Communities 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility report discusses achievements in energy and sustainability, diversity and inclusion, ethics, workplace health and safety, and civic participation
SINGAPORE, LONDON and CHICAGO, Sept. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Jones Lang LaSalle today announced the issuance of its 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, demonstrating the firm's achievements and on-going commitments in areas such as environmental sustainability, diversity and inclusion, ethical standards, health and safety, and participation in the communities where it operates around the world.
"Our strategic priorities continue to be founded on creating value for our clients, shareholders and employees, said Colin Dyer, CEO and President of Jones Lang LaSalle. "We are helping our clients and ourselves realize the value of corporate responsibility. Whether that involves providing sustainability-related advice to clients through many of our services, or leveraging connections within our own firm to integrate our internal CSR efforts, sustainability is not just aligned, but increasingly embedded, in everything we do."
A key element of Jones Lang LaSalle's strategy focuses on the development and implementation of energy and climate strategies on behalf of building owners, tenants and public-sector organizations. "One of the greatest contributions we can make to mitigate climate change is in helping our clients reduce their energy use and carbon generating activities," said Dan Probst, Chairman of Energy and Sustainability Services.
Among its accomplishments in helping clients improve sustainability and address climate change, Jones Lang LaSalle:
- Documented $105 million in energy savings and reduced 587,000 metric tons of CO2e in the firm's U.S. managed portfolio, the equivalent to removing over 115,000 passenger vehicles annually from the road;
- Helped clients avert an estimated 1.22 million metric tons of CO2e per year since 2007, resulting from installed or operational renewables;
- Partnered with the Carbon Disclosure Project to enhance and promote its Cities climate change reporting program, which has grown to encompass 73 cities worldwide with aggregate population of more than 244 million;
- Committed to help building owners reduce energy use by at least 20 percent by the year 2020 in buildings totalling 98 million square feet, via the 'Better Buildings Challenge' in the U.S.
- LaSalle Investment Management, the investment advisory arm of Jones Lang LaSalle, committed to double the number of its properties that contribute data to Greenprint Foundation--an organization formed to provide energy and sustainability benchmarking data to participating owners—in 2012.
"Sustainability is increasingly embedded in everything we do for clients and within our operations," Probst said. In the Americas, key parts of the firm's Energy and Sustainability Services business were re-aligned into other business units that focus on core real estate services. In the UK, several business units began incorporating sustainability objectives in their 2012 business plans.
In addition to its work on behalf of clients, Jones Lang LaSalle furthered its corporate responsibility programs and participation among its employees through the 'ACT: A Cleaner Tomorrow' program. In 2011, the firm:
- Achieved the world's highest LEED® Platinum score for a Commercial Interiors project in its Hong Kong corporate office;
- Incorporated sustainability into 72 percent of revised occupancy strategies for corporate offices around the world;
- Increased year-over-year employee participation in voluntary sustainability training by 119 percent, with 2,619 attendees for monthly Sustainability Sessions, LEED® accreditation webinars and other training;
- Maintained corporate and employee charitable programs that raised more than $4.3 million and contributed 2,200 volunteering days at local community projects;
- Created or maintained approximately 80 diversity and inclusion initiatives in countries around the world
Jones Lang LaSalle continues to receive accolades for its corporate responsibility commitment. The firm was named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the third time in 2011, and became a Sustained Excellence Partner in 2012. The Ethisphere Institute named the firm among the 'World's Most Ethical Companies' for the fourth consecutive year in 2011, and for the fifth time in 2012. And FORTUNE recognized the firm as one of the 'World's Most Admired Companies' for the third year.
"I am continually amazed by our people's enthusiasm and imagination, some of which is channelled through our employee engagement program 'ACT: A Cleaner Tomorrow'," Dyer said. "There is also a true spirit of generosity in our people toward many charitable and community initiatives. In 2011, the Company and our employees spent more than $4 million on charitable initiatives. Our employees also participated in well over 2,000 volunteering days, supporting local community projects, creating our own charitable fundraising events and engaging with diversity programs."
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About Jones Lang LaSalle
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 2011 global revenue of $3.6 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 2.1 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 $47 billion of assets under management. For further information, please visit www.joneslanglasalle.com.
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