Colliers has released its new strategic framework designed to embed environment, social, and governance (ESG) best practices across the organisation and has also appointed a global leader as part of its new commitment to be Net Zero by 2030.
To address the material topics identified for the organisation through strong stakeholder engagement, the strategy, titled Elevate the Built Environment, focuses Colliers’ efforts in three core areas:
· Elevate the Environment: minimise environmental impacts in Colliers’ own operations and through client services to elevate the health of our planet.
· Elevate Inclusiveness: increase diversity, equity, and inclusion within Colliers and across its procurement practices to foster environments that are inclusive and engaged.
· Elevate Health & Wellbeing: promote health and wellbeing in Colliers’ operations and through client services to help improve lives.
In keeping with the company’s value to do what’s right for our clients, our people, and our communities, Colliers will establish tactical plans and targets for each core area and audience (clients, communities, and Colliers) over the coming months.
To elevate the environment, Colliers has committed to setting a science-based target through the Science Based Targets initiative's (SBTi) Business Ambition for 1.5 degrees Celsius programme as well as achieving Net Zero for its own operations by 2030. In addition, as leaders in commercial real estate, the company will develop and deliver a Net Zero programme to help building owners, investors, and occupiers reduce or eliminate their building-related emissions.
To lead this effort, Sean Drygas has been appointed Global Lead, ESG & Impact. This newly created senior leadership position underscores Colliers’ commitment to improve its environmental impact and create economic and social value across the organisation.
Drygas will work closely with senior executives, and partner with regional leaders and experts to oversee the execution of the company’s ESG strategy across the globe, including the development of tactical plans and measurable targets.
Furthermore, he will ensure the right programs and governance are in place to accelerate the success of our ESG goals in tandem with our growth goals, facilitate data governance, establish measurement platforms, and report on sustainability performance.
Bruce Gallie, Chief Operating Officer for Colliers in New Zealand, says this is an exciting initiative that will drive positive change through the organisation.
“The importance of environment and social efforts is undeniable and as leaders in professional real estate services and investment management, we have a profound impact on people’s lives,” Gallie says.
“The Colliers network includes more than 15,000 people around the world and New Zealand is thrilled to have the chance to be part of building a better collective future for our clients and their communities.”
Jay Hennick, Global Chairman and CEO of Colliers, says ESG is the blueprint to doing what’s right, one of Colliers’ core values.
“We are proud to deepen our commitments in these critical areas,” Hennick says.
“Our enterprising people will continue to deliver exceptional results to Elevate the Built Environment for our clients, our communities and Colliers. Achieving SBTi emissions reductions and Net Zero for our organisation by 2030 is an important part of this journey.”