Aligning Material Issues with
Sustainable Development Goals

Towards the end of 2015, the UN released a set of 17 SDGs and indicators that aim to transform the world by 2030. CDL firmly believes that a sustainable society can only be achieved with the support of the corporate community, and as such we have assessed the ways in which the management of our material issues can contribute towards sustainable development through specific SDGs.

CDL reviewed the relevance of each of the SDGs to our business operations and material issues. Nine goals have been identified as being of relevance, both in terms of our potential impact on these goals, and potential contributions that we can make towards these goals.

SDGs Applicable to CDL Our Impact and Contributions
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all Through best practices in energy management, low carbon operations, green features and retrofitting, as well as increased adoption of solar technologies, we build and manage certified green buildings and office interiors with energy efficiency and sustainable energy in mind. This aims to benefit our homebuyers, tenants, and business operations. Recognised as the leader in green building, CDL also plays an active role in sharing know-how within the built industry in Singapore and beyond.
Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment, and decent work for all We adopt consistent, equitable, and fair labour policies and practices in rewarding, developing, and caring for our employees under the direct hire of CDL. Through our EHS policy and CDL 5-Star EHS Assessment System, we also ensure safe, clean, and dignified working and living conditions for the workers at our construction sites who are employed by our contractors.
Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation CDL has contributed towards this goal by investing 2% to 5% of a new development’s construction cost on sustainable designs and construction methods and committing to local and international certifications for quality green homes and offices. We also strive to introduce at least one innovation for every new development such as AgriCube at Lush Acres and extensive solar panels at d’Nest.
Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable By embedding the principle of Universal Design in all our developments, upholding EHS standards and driving innovations in smart and green lifestyle solutions. CDL is well positioned to support Singapore’s aspiration to become a clean, green, smart and sustainable nation.
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns Through our sustained programmes to engage tenants, homebuyers, youths and members of the public through initiatives such as CDL Green Lease Partnership Programme, “Let’s Live Green” outreach, EcoBank, North West Power Up Scheme, CDL actively advocates sustainable consumption through behavioural changes. We also uphold responsible sourcing along the supply chain through our Green Procurement Guidelines and by setting a target for 35% of our building material to be derived from recycled content, low-carbon sources, or are certified by recognised environmental organisations.
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts Since 2008, CDL has established a target to reduce carbon emissions intensity across all our operations in Singapore. In 2015, we advanced our commitment with a Climate Change Policy, and have achieved a 19% carbon intensity reduction from baseline year 2007. We have also implemented a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) management system in line with ISO 14064-1, and have adopted the Sectoral Decarbonisation Approach in reviewing our existing targets in support of Singapore’s climate goals and the COP21 Paris Agreement.
Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss CDL has taken steps to ensure the conservation of natural habitats and biodiversity by making it a standard practice during the planning stage of construction to conduct a Biodiversity Impact Assessment (BIA) and consult with environmental NGOs and agencies, where applicable. Moving forward, we are reviewing the implementation of a more rigorous Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for CDL’s new developments in 2016.
Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies CDL believes in creating a fair and inclusive society for our business to thrive and prosper in. Our steadfast commitment is evident in our ‘zero-tolerance’ policies and practices towards fraud and corruption, non-discrimination in hiring policy, as well as our corporate stance on human rights prohibiting child and forced labour in CDL’s operations and supply chain. Legal compliance across all our operations is of utmost concern to our business.
Revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development As signatory to the UN Global Compact, and member to the World Green Building Council and Business Council for Sustainable Development Singapore, CDL has taken on an active and leading role in promoting best practices and enabling collaboration in advancing the CSR and green building agenda. We also further our advocacy efforts through participation in local and international forums.

Aligning Material Issues with
Sustainable Development Goals

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