Global Leadership in Sustainability Benchmarks and Indices
Our commitment to SD received further global recognition in 2022. We were ranked highly on several major SD-related benchmarks and indices.
Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (“DJSI World”) -
Top Fourth Globally, Number One in Asia
Top Fourth Globally, Number One in Asia
Listed as a DJSI World constituent company since 2017
Listed as a DJSI Asia Pacific constituent company since 2015
In 2022, we raised our global ranking from seventh place overall to fourth place among the 940 companies assessed in the real estate industry. We were also the top ranked company in Asia for the second consecutive year, increasing our score in the Environmental dimension of the assessment from 94 to 96 (Score date: 16 December 2022), taking us from third in 2021 to second globally.
Swire Properties achieved an ESG (“Environmental, Social and Governance”) score of 83/100 (Score date: 16 December 2022) on the 2022 S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment, up from 79 in 2021.
Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (“GRESB”) – Global Sector Leader and Global Development Sector Leader for Mixed Use Developments
We retained our Global Sector Leader title in the Mixed Use Developments category for the sixth year in a row. We were also recognised as the Global Development Sector Leader in the category for the third year in a row. In addition to our five-star rating on the benchmark, we also obtained the highest five-star rating and received an “A” rating in public disclosure for the sixth consecutive year.
Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index – Top Company
Constituent of the Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index since 2015
Achieved the highest total score among the constituent companies and “AAA” rating since 2018
In Hong Kong, we topped the Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index for the fifth consecutive year, receiving the highest total score among all index constituents while maintaining an “AAA” sustainability rating – the highest possible grading. We were one of only two companies to receive this rating among more than 500 assessed stocks.
Swire Properties was also listed on the Hang Seng Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) 50 Index for the third consecutive year, highlighting the Company’s position as an ESG leader in Hong Kong.
Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index
Became a member in 2023
Swire Properties responded to the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (“GEI”) for the first time and secured a position on the 2023 Bloomberg GEI member list, consisting of ourselves and 483 other companies. The index measures gender equality across five pillars: leadership and talent pipeline, equal pay and gender pay parity, inclusive culture, anti-sexual harassment policies and external brand.
Constituent since 2014
Achieved an Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) rating of “AAA” – the highest possible rating since 2018
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Included in the S&P Global Sustainability Yearbook since 2017
Included in the S&P Global Sustainability Yearbook 2023, with ESG score within 5% to 10% of the industry’s top-performing company.
Constituent since 2016
ASHRAE Technology Award
Swire Properties was recognised for its outstanding achievements in the design and operation of energy efficient buildings at the 2023 ASHRAE Technology Award. Our project on retro-commissioning and the digital transformation of Cityplaza Mall won first place in the Commercial Buildings Existing Building Commissioning (“EBCx”) category. The award highlights our use of innovation and experimentation to continuously improve the energy efficiency of our operations.
CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2023
In early 2023, our Cloud-based Smart Energy Platform won the Best Digital Innovation award at the CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2023, which recognises innovation that has made a significant contribution to digital engineering. The platform was commended for its exceptional ambition, scale and the fact that it can be applied to many properties and control building services systems.
Swire Properties’ Reporting Awards
Swire Properties’ Sustainable Development Report 2021 won the Best Environmental, Social and Governance Reporting Award in the Property Development and Investment category – the top award – while our Annual Report 2021 won a Bronze Award in the General category at the 2022 Best Annual Reports Awards by the Hong Kong Management Association (“HKMA”). The two accolades underscore our commitment to creating and maintaining effective and transparent communications for sustainable development and financial reporting to stakeholders. According to the judges’ report, Swire Properties produced a “materiality-driven report” with extensive coverage of our efforts to improve sustainability performance to withstand systemic climatic, social and economic stresses and volatility.
At the Best Corporate Governance and ESG Awards 2022, organised by the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“HKICPA”), Swire Properties also received the ESG Award in the Non-Hang Seng Index (Large Market Capitalisation) Category. For the second consecutive year, Swire Properties was the top performer among the 540 listed companies assessed.
Our Sustainable Development Report 2021 received the Silver Award at the Occupational Safety and Health Annual Report Award. The award was presented to Swire Properties at the 21st Hong Kong Occupational Safety and Health Award organised by the Occupational Safety and Health Council, an award scheme that recognises organisations with excellence in the presentation of occupational safety and health performance and community development information in annual reports or sustainability reports.
HKIHRM HR Excellence Awards
At the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management ("HKIHRM") HR Excellence Awards 2021/2022, Swire Properties was the only company to win the Excellence Award for ESG in the Organisational category. These awards recognise organisations and individuals that achieve business success through outstanding people strategies and practices. The award is a symbol of our industry-leading efforts to integrate ESG and sustainability into our talent management and development capabilities to help our people reach their full potential in the safest, most ideal working environment. We also received a special award for our industry-leading COVID-19 response.
Green Building Award 2021
Swire Properties won the Pioneer Award in Green Building Leadership (Facilities Management) at the Green Building Awards 2021. We are now the only developer to have won the Pioneer Award in different Green Building Leadership subcategories in multiple years – we won in the Development subcategory in 2019 and took the Grand Award in 2016. Our newest Grade-A office tower, Two Taikoo Place, also won the Grand Award in the New Buildings Category: Projects Under Construction and/or Design – Commercial. This is the second building in Taikoo Place to obtain a Grand Award in the New Buildings Category, with One Taikoo Place winning it in 2019.
2022 RICS Awards
Swire Properties won three top prizes at the 2022 RICS Awards Hong Kong and 2022 RICS Awards China. We were given the “Sustainability Award” for our decarbonisation efforts and our establishment of 1.5°C-aligned science-based targets that cover emissions from building operations including tenants and embodied carbon from new projects. The “Regeneration Project of the Year” was awarded to Taikoo Li Sanlitun West, while the Young Achiever of the Year award was given to Francis Lo, Senior Manager, Portfolio.
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