Lend Lease (ASX:LLC) continues to be one of the more responsible and sustainable property developers and construction managers in Australia. It has set 20% reduction targets (by 2020 from a FY14 base line) for water, waste and energy reduction.
In its FY17 annual report it provides a quantitative update (cumulative 18% for energy, 6% for water and 15% for waste). It engages KPMG to provide an external Limited Assurance sign off. In addition it is trying new approaches to construction such as the use of Engineered Timber and other innovative products.
If you’ve been to a Lend Lease designed and constructed project lately (for example Barangaroo in Sydney) you’ll notice the care taken by the company in creating the overall commercial and public spaces. Lend Lease is within the investment universe of the Ethical Partners Australian Share Fund.
Ethical Partners are pleased to see Australia take the next steps to implement mandatory climate reporting with the release of draft climate standards, which we provided feedback on.
Ethical Partners have continuously called for the provision of high quality, comparable data on company’s climate governance and carbon metrics, which we believe is imperative for investors to fulfil the potential of responsible investment.
Ethical Partners have been proud to have been active supporters of the TNFD Forum over the past few years, and to provide regular feedback on the development of the official TNFD recommendations, which were launched in December, as well as to be active members of the RIAA Natural Capital Working Group.