Our Stakeholder Engagement Approach

Communication and engagement with our employees, investors, tenants, customers, suppliers, regulators, NGOs, community representatives, and many others is an integral part of our daily operations. This is set out in our SD 2030 Strategy.

We regularly engage with our stakeholders to understand their priorities, expectations and perceptions regarding SD issues.

When we first introduced our SD 2030 Strategy in 2016, we engaged extensively with senior managers and employees from across our business and also consulted external sustainability experts. Today, our SD Communication and Engagement Committee continues to gather the support of our employees and other stakeholders so as to further integrate our SD 2030 Strategy across our business.

Our Stakeholders

GRI 102-40, 102-42, 102-43

Our stakeholders are both internal and external interest groups which have a significant impact on our business, or which experience significant impacts from our operations. We regularly engage with these stakeholders in appropriate ways.

Stakeholder Groups and Methods of Engagement

Employee Groups
Employee Groups
  • Surveys and interviews
  • SPLinks intranet and the staff newsletter CornerStone
  • Training sessions
  • Competitions and team-building activities
  • Virtual and in-person forums
  • Staff townhalls
  • WeChat Work mobile application
Community/NGOs
Community/NGOs
  • Community events
  • Joint projects
  • Working committees and consultations
  • Multi-stakeholder meetings/seminars on specific issues
Tenants
Tenants
  • SD-themed tenant engagement programmes
  • Joint projects
  • Community events
  • Surveys and interviews
  • Multi-stakeholder meetings/seminars on specific issues
Customers/Consumers
Customers/Consumers
  • Surveys
  • Customer service mobile applications
  • Community events
  • Joint projects
Suppliers
Suppliers
  • Supplier screening and assessments
  • Joint projects
  • Surveys
  • Forums
Regulators/Government
Regulators/Government
  • Joint projects
  • Working committees and consultations
  • Interviews
Industry Experts/Academia
Industry Experts/Academia
  • Joint projects/research funds
  • Multi-stakeholder forums and partnerships
  • Seminars
Joint Venture Partners
Joint Venture Partners
  • Surveys and interviews
  • Multi-stakeholder meetings/seminars on specific issues
  • Joint projects
Shareholders & Investors
Shareholders & Investors
  • SD benchmarks and indices
  • Interviews and meetings
  • Newsletters
  • Events
  • Investor Day
Media
Media
  • Annual gathering
  • Interviews
  • Feedback and responses to media enquiries
Employee Groups
Employee Groups
  • Surveys and interviews
  • SPLinks intranet and the staff newsletter CornerStone
  • Training sessions
  • Competitions and team-building activities
  • Virtual and in-person forums
  • Staff townhalls
  • WeChat Work mobile application
Community/NGOs
Community/NGOs
  • Community events
  • Joint projects
  • Working committees and consultations
  • Multi-stakeholder meetings/seminars on specific issues
Tenants
Tenants
  • SD-themed tenant engagement programmes
  • Joint projects
  • Community events
  • Surveys and interviews
  • Multi-stakeholder meetings/seminars on specific issues
Customers/Consumers
Customers/Consumers
  • Surveys
  • Customer service mobile applications
  • Community events
  • Joint projects
Suppliers
Suppliers
  • Supplier screening and assessments
  • Joint projects
  • Surveys
  • Forums
Regulators/Government
Regulators/Government
  • Joint projects
  • Working committees and consultations
  • Interviews
Industry Experts/Academia
Industry Experts/Academia
  • Joint projects/research funds
  • Multi-stakeholder forums and partnerships
  • Seminars
Joint Venture Partners
Joint Venture Partners
  • Surveys and interviews
  • Multi-stakeholder meetings/seminars on specific issues
  • Joint projects
Shareholders & Investors
Shareholders & Investors
  • SD benchmarks and indices
  • Interviews and meetings
  • Newsletters
  • Events
  • Investor Day
Media
Media
  • Annual gathering
  • Interviews
  • Feedback and responses to media enquiries

Stakeholder-driven Materiality

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In 2020, we initiated a materiality review with the support by an independent consultant, to understand our stakeholders’ perceptions of the progress of our SD 2030 Strategy and their evolving expectations and priorities for the future. These perceptions will help us further align our business practices, improve our decision making and accountability, and guide the refinement of our strategy and focus areas in response to the latest local, regional and global developments, as well as the global COVID-19 pandemic.

We also gathered stakeholders’ feedback about the pandemic’s effects on their businesses, the real estate industry and Swire Properties; this feedback allowed us to develop a proactive, targeted and responsive plan to meet stakeholders’ expectations.

We adopted a combined qualitative and quantitative approach to assess materiality, which is outlined below.

Step 1 – Global landscape review and identification of key sustainability megatrends

  • Action: Conduct research to identify sustainability and real estate-relevant megatrends based on their impact and relevance to Swire Properties.
  • Outcome: 7 key sustainability megatrends identified as being relevant to Swire Properties.

Step 2 – SD issue identification

  • Action: Identify new and emerging SD issues relevant to the key megatrends against existing materiality issues.
  • Action: Consolidate analysis of issues and definitions.
  • Outcome: Identify and define 28 issues.

Step 3a – Qualitative interview

  • Action: Interview 23 stakeholders to understand their perceptions of the identified issues and our SD 2030 Strategy.
  • Outcome: Identify new challenges and opportunities seen as important to stakeholders and Swire Properties.

Step 3b – Quantitative survey

  • Action: Survey 547 stakeholders.
  • Action: External stakeholders rank the 28 issues in order of perceived importance to the environment and society.
  • Action: Employees rank the issues in order of perceived impact on our business.
  • Outcome: Collate answers and feedback from interview and survey responses which represent the views of our tenants, investors, other external stakeholders, and our employees.

Step 4 – Materiality Matrix

  • Action: Plot the survey data on a matrix which represents internal and external stakeholder views.

Step 5 – Review and report

The outcome of the materiality review, which comprises the updated list of material SD issues and the materiality matrix, was reported, discussed and endorsed at both the SD Steering Committee meeting and the Board meeting.

The materiality matrix maps 28 SD issues, with their importance to external stakeholders plotted on the y-axis and their importance to our business continuity and development plotted on the x-axis. Overall materiality was determined by the aggregate score assigned to each SD issue by our internal and external stakeholders.

Swire Properties Materiality Matrix

View by Tier:
Material Issues by Pillar:
Tier 1 Issues
(most critical material issues with highest potential impact on business success)
Tier 2 Issues
(important material issues with high potential impact on business success)
Tier 3 Issues
(relatively less important material issues, perceived by stakeholders, that can impact business success)
Places
People
Partners
Performance (Environment)
Performance (Economic)
All pillars of SD 2030
Remarks: Tier 1 and Tier 2 issues are numbered in this matrix

Top Material Issues

The top material issues in the matrix, namely Tier 1 and Tier 2 issues, are consistent with the focus areas of our SD 2030 Strategy and have been addressed in this report in accordance with the relevant Global Reporting Initiative Standards (“GRI Standards”).

As summarised in the following table, the content of this report also reflects additional emerging issues that are the subject of increasing public and regulatory attention, such as indoor air quality and water conservation.

Material Issues SD 2030 Strategy Focus Areas GRI Standards Impacts and Boundaries
Employee Groups
Community/NGOs
Suppliers
Tenants
Consumers/Customers
Regulators/Government
Joint Venture Partners
Ind. Experts/Academia
Shareholders/Investors
Media
Green building construction & renovation
GRI 417 Marketing and Labelling (2016)
Technology & innovation
Integral to multiple focus areas
N/A
Energy efficiency
GRI 302 Energy (2016)
Tenant & customer engagement
N/A
Local economic development
GRI 203 Indirect Economic Impacts (2016)
Community investment & engagement
GRI 413 Local Communities (2016)
Local revitalisation
GRI 203 Indirect Economic Impacts (2016)
Corporate governance
GRI 205 Anti-corruption (2016)
Climate adaptation & resilience

GRI 201 Economic Performance (2016)

GRI 305 Emissions (2016)

Decarbonisation
GRI 305 Emissions (2016)
Employee wellbeing
GRI 403 Occupational Health & Safety (2018)
Stakeholder engagement & collaboration
Integral to multiple focus areas
N/A
Resource & circularity
GRI 306 Waste (2020)
Visitor/occupant health & wellbeing
GRI 416 Customer Health and Safety (2016)
Talent attraction, retention & development

GRI 401 Employment (2016)

GRI 404 Training and Education (2016)

GRI 405 Diversity and Equal Opportunity (2016)

Renewable energy
GRI 302 Energy (2016)
Responsible supply chain management

GRI 301 Materials (2016)

GRI 308 Supplier Environmental Assessment (2016)

GRI 414 Supplier Social Assessment (2016)

Long-term financial performance & value
GRI 201 Economic Performance (2016)
Risk management
GRI 201 Economic Performance (2016)
Indoor air quality
GRI 416 Customer Health and Safety (2016)

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