Building Sustainability: A Review of Company Performance in the Commercial Real Estate and Property Sector

Catalyst Australia, Sydney, 2013

28 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2016

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Martijn Boersma

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Jo Schofield

Catalyst Australia

Tui Swinnen

Catalyst Australia

Date Written: December 1, 2013

Abstract

The commercial real estate and property sector is a vital part of the Australian economy. Compared to global peers, property companies in Australia and New Zealand are considered to be at the front of the pack in terms of acknowledging, measuring and managing Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) risks (also referred to as sustainability risks). This research report looks at performance of the sector, utilising several sustainability indicators developed by Catalyst Australia in 2013 to rate company reporting and performance. These cover gender equality, environmental impact, labour standards, supply chains, community investment and sustainability engagement.

Keywords: real estate, property sector, sustainability, ESG, gender equality, environment, labour standards, supply chains, community investment, stakeholder engagement, corporate social responsibility

JEL Classification: M14

Suggested Citation

Boersma, Martijn and Schofield, Jo and Swinnen, Tui, Building Sustainability: A Review of Company Performance in the Commercial Real Estate and Property Sector (December 1, 2013). Catalyst Australia, Sydney, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2745012

Martijn Boersma (Contact Author)

University of Technology Sydney (UTS) ( email )

15 Broadway, Ultimo
PO Box 123
Sydney, NSW 2007
Australia

Jo Schofield

Catalyst Australia ( email )

Sydney
Australia

Tui Swinnen

Catalyst Australia ( email )

Sydney
Australia

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