JLL releases global sustainability report, outlining a host of new goals

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JLL has issued a media statement outlining its progress on a number of its environmental, social and governance goals set for last year.

In its 2020 Global Sustainability Report, JLL says it is making great progress on a number of goals set out last year, including net zero in its own buildings by 2030.

JLL set out ‘science-based’ targets last year, such as the reduction of emissions by 2034, net zero emissions from its own buildings by 2030 and net zero across all areas of its operations by 2040.

Performance highlights from 2020 outlined in the report include:

  • 295 sustainable building certifications for clients
  • 20,629 metric tonnes CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) averted by advising on renewable energy projects
  • 79 JLL offices with sustainable building certifications, and
  • 77 percent reduction in business travel compared to 2019.

A number of community and diversity goals were announced too, including US$7.7 million and 7959 days of employee time contributed to community causes, an all-time low for employee accident rates and the global JLL workforce gender ratio reaching 35 percent female.

JLL has committed to a new set of targets, including increasing employee time in the community to 23,500 days by the end of 2023, to alleviate the lost time in community volunteering during the pandemic.

“2021 is all about the road to net zero and we have focused our efforts on achieving this,” says Richard Batten, JLL global chief sustainability officer. “But our sustainability program is not exclusively about carbon. As our 2020 report demonstrates, we have made significant progress against our targets and set new ambitious targets, in part responding to the impact of the pandemic, across all of the environmental, social and governance metrics.”

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