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The EMS is an integral part of CDL’s overall management system. The system, established based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle, is certified against the international ISO 14001 standard. It is used as a structured
and systematic approach to manage CDL’s impact on the environment.

Under the system, CDL established a corporate-wide EHS Policy. We assess our environmental impact, set targets and draw up programmes to minimise and mitigate these impacts. We then prevent and check for performance, act and review for continual improvement.

The integration of EMS into CDL's business processes began as early as 2003. CDL (Projects Division) took the lead and achieved ISO 14001 EMS and OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management (OHSMS) System certifications for property development and project management in 2003. Subsequently, CDL (Property Division) was awarded ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS) and ISO 14001 EMS certifications for property management in 2007.

In April 2008, CDL has successfully completed the assessment of ISO 14001:2004 for Corporate Management and Operations. This covers our headquarter activities of Group Finance and Accounts, Corporate Affairs, Projects Division, Property Division, Marketing/Leasing, Information Systems, Business Development and Asset Management, Customer Relationship Management and Internal Audit.

With this, CDL has all its core divisions and supporting operations conforming to ISO 14001 EMS.


CDL believes in achieving and sustaining an effective EMS through leadership. The overall responsibility for environmental performance rests with the CDL Management. CDL's Managing Director, Mr Kwek Leng Joo, is the chairperson of the EMS Organisation. The appointed Management Representative will champion the establishment, implementation and maintenance of the EMS and provide management guidance and corporate support across the Company. Each Head of Department holds operational management responsibility for EMS and specifically, the Heads of Projects Division and Property Division are responsible for their respective divisions' EMS.

CDL Corporate Management and Operations EMS Organisational Structure:


CDL recognises that all employees, including those working on behalf of us (e.g. contractors, consultants, suppliers) and in particular those whose jobs may create significant adverse environmental impacts, should have the necessary education, training or experience for their work.

We provide training and awareness programmes to cultivate a "Green" corporate culture, to share with employees about resource conservation and pollution prevention and to educate employees about the importance of conformity to CDL's Corporate EHS Policy. We encourage our employees to attend relevant seminars and workshops to pick up or upgrade their skills and knowledge related to environmental management.

CDL also believes in engaging our employees and external interested parties in our quest to achieve outstanding environmental performance. We provide various channels of communication to share our commitments, programmes, good practices and environmental performance as well as to solicit feedback and suggestions for improvement. CDL also encourages all employees to be forthcoming with reporting of environmental-related accidents, incidents, complaints, non-compliance and non-conformance. We are dedicated to take all necessary action to prevent the occurrence of potential non-conformances or recurrence of non-conformances.


In a recent CDL 5-Star EHS Seminar, NEA was invited to talk about Public Health to CDL employees, contractors and consultants.

CDL is committed to comply with legal requirements. We are fully aware that some of our activities and operations are regulated by the local authorities such as the BCA, NEA, PUB and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), and we are required to operate within prescribed limits with regards to resources used and released into the environment.

Regulatory requirements are best taken into consideration at the planning stage for any process or operation. Therefore, CDL takes the lead to influence and engage stakeholders, which include the architects, designers, surveyors, engineers and contractors, in adopting safe and environmentally-friendly design, plans and programmes. CDL continues to follow through the compliance status during the construction and operational phase. This is done through periodic inspections and CDL 5-Star EHS Assessment system.


CDL believes that we must regularly evaluate ourselves in order to know what is working and what needs to be improved. CDL's EMS audit programme involves teams of internal and external auditors conducting audits at least once a year.

Internal audits are carried out to determine whether the EMS has been properly planned, implemented and maintained in accordance with ISO 14001 standards and identify areas of improvement. The actual frequency of internal audit depends on past audit results as well as the potential risks/ importance associated with the activity or operation. Specifically, each project development is to be audited at least once in its project cycle and each audit shall cover all 3 phases, i.e., planning, procurement and construction.

External audits are conducted by accredited certification body for the award of initial certification and surveillance visits. Surveillance audits are conducted each year to verify that the EMS continues to be maintained, implemented and to deliver continual improvements until the next re-certification.

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