We work closely with our suppliers to collect accurate and up-to-date information about their environmental, social and governance practices and performance.
Our e-Contractor List Management System is integrated with our vendor requisition process in Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland. This automated platform facilitates supplier selection, management and performance analysis and allows for timely updates of supplier information.
For new suppliers to be included on the list of approved contractors, they must first complete self-assessment questionnaires to confirm that they have appropriate policies and systems in place to comply with our SCoC. We monitor the compliance status of suppliers on our approved contractors list on an ongoing basis. In addition to requesting regular self-assessments, we may also undertake supplier site visits, request that our suppliers obtain independent certification in accordance with internationally recognised standards, and submit environmental and health and safety management plans for our internal review. Staff engaged in company procurement and relevant internal stakeholders were trained on their respective roles in supplier ESG management.
We continuously refine our performance management system for technical services providers. Any act of non-compliance or malpractice in the areas of health and safety, environment, procurement, quality and site management is recorded, and the technical provider will be subject to disciplinary action.
In 2022, we conducted a comprehensive risk assessment of over 300 significant Tier-1 suppliers, identified as either critical suppliers, high-volume suppliers, high-spending suppliers or non-substitutable suppliers, to confirm their compliance with our SCoC and that there were no violations of human rights issues. These suppliers are based in Hong Kong, the Chinese Mainland and the U.S.A., and together they contributed to more than half of our procurement spend in 2022.
According to our findings, none of these suppliers were considered “high risk” under our Enterprise Risk Management System (“ERM System”). There were also no incidents of human rights violations identified across our operations in 2022.
Since 2021, our technical services and sustainable development department has conducted on-site inspections for selected technical contractors in Hong Kong. These inspections are essential to fulfilling our ISO 14001 environmental management system requirements. In 2022, no non-compliance or malpractice incidents were recorded during the on-site inspections and no corrective plan has been implemented. Through these inspections, several opportunities for continual improvement were identified and we are communicating with the responsible suppliers to initiate follow-up actions.
Smart Construction CONDUCTOR System
In 2022, as part of our wider ambition to drive and adopt smart safety construction and digitalisation at our projects, Swire Properties worked with a consultant to develop and adopt the innovative CONDUCTOR smart construction system during work on our Six Pacific Place project. CONDUCTOR is a dedicated tool that allows users to monitor multiple construction data streams and multiple construction sites simultaneously, greatly enhancing efficiency, task management and safety.
CONDUCTOR uses data drawn from a variety of tools and applications to provide holistic smart construction support to the project team. These include various task management applications, Internet of Things (“IoT”) sensors, AI video analytics, smart helmets, smart watches, and more. In addition to providing real-time data and monitoring, the system also facilitates cross-site performance comparisons and enable performance benchmarking over time.
CONDUCTOR was piloted on the Six Pacific Place project and was recognised with a 2022 CIC-Construction Innovation Award organised by the Construction Industry Council.
Green Site Office for Taikoo Li Xi’an
Before commencement of construction work by the main contractor, the archaeological excavation is being proceeded now. A series of SD initiative related measures facilitating a green site office have been enforced as described as follows:
- Recycling of 7,000 bricks from the existing site wall were reused to erect hoardings which aesthetically match the site surrounding.
- Solar panels for lighting and charging pillars for electric car are used on-site.
- Staff are encouraged to reduce water consumption, while food wastes are collected to become fertiliser for farming after treating.
- Part of the site has been arranged as a small farm, where nearby residents can be invited to participate in farming to raise their awareness of the importance of environmental protection.
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