Canadian real estate giant Colliers has announced its global ESG strategy which includes going net zero across its own operations by 2030, to be led by newly appointed global lead, ESG and impact, Sean Drygas. 

Locally, the company also unveiled a brand new dedicated ESG Task Force for the Asia Pacific, led by Andrew Watson and fresh hire, Lisa Hinde.

Lisa Hinde

The company’s global strategy, titled “Elevate The Built Environment” saw it  join the Science Based Targets initiative’s (SBTi) Business Ambition for 1.5 degrees Celsius program, which provides a third party reporting framework. The company also said it would help building owners, investors, and occupiers reduce or eliminate their own building-related emissions.

Drygas, who was formerly vice president of Spark Power Group, will oversee the execution of the company’s ESG strategy across the globe, including the development of “tactical plans and measurable targets.”

Here in Australia, ANZ chief financial officer and new taskforce head Andrew Watson said, “along with key environmental and governance initiatives, we have added inclusiveness and Health and Wellbeing pillars to our social strategy.”

Also on the taskforce Lisa Hinde, is the former Strategic Sustainability Director at JLL and Green Building Council panel member. 

“Our key focus is integrating best practice sustainability standards into the way Colliers manages and operates within the real estate industry,” Ms Hinde said. 

“The key to the scalability of this approach is partnering with industry bodies like the Green Building Council of Australia, NABERS, the International WELL Building Institute, GRESB and technology partners to provide access to key trends from our new digital platforms and using these insights to supply key strategic advice to our clients in real time.”

According to a company statement, the ability to commercialise sustainability was the driving force behind the private sector “embracing, investing and acting on ESG initiatives”.

“The opportunity for Colliers to have a tangible ESG impact in Australia reaches far beyond the company’s own footprint when you consider the breadth of client reach under Colliers’ management,” Ms Hinde said.

“Currently we manage 11.4 million sqm of property across Australia, the equivalent of 655 Sydney Cricket Grounds, the potential to roll out ESG strategies is considerable.”

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