Strategic Alignment with SDG

In 2016, CDL took the lead in embracing the United Nations Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) into its integrated sustainability strategy and reporting. With the introduction of CDL Future Value 2030, further steps were taken to map our ESG goals and targets to support 10 most relevant SDGs that complement our core business. The 10 SDGs are aligned with our material ESG issues and Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) framework in CDL’s integrated sustainability business model and Integrated Sustainability Report since 2017.

SDGs Applicable to CDL CDL’s Impact and Contributions
Recognising that creating and expanding opportunities for women are fundamental to CDL’s sustainable growth and beneficial to the society at large, CDL established an internal CDL Diversity and Inclusion Task Force in 2017, to promote awareness and adoption of diversity and inclusion within our workplace and the wider community. With the opening of the zero-energy Singapore Sustainability Academy on 5 June 2017, CDL also created the Women4Green Network, Singapore’s first network for women in sustainability, which aims to celebrate, inspire and empower women in our wider community to create a financially, environmentally and socially sustainable future.

At the board level, we adopted a formal Board Diversity Policy in 2017, which sets out a clear policy and framework for promoting diversity on the Board of CDL. In addition, a target was established to have women make up 20% of the CDL Board by 2020, as recommended by the Diversity Action Committee Singapore.

Through best practices in energy management, low carbon operations, green features and retrofitting, as well as increased adoption of solar technologies, we build and manage certified green buildings and office interiors with energy efficiency and sustainable energy in mind. This aims to benefit our homebuyers, tenants, and business operations. Recognised as the leader in green building, CDL also plays an active role in sharing know-how within the built industry in Singapore and beyond.
We adopt consistent, equitable, and fair labour policies and practices in rewarding, developing, and caring for our employees under the direct hire of CDL. Through our Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) policy and CDL 5-Star EHS Assessment System, we also ensure safe, clean, and dignified working and living conditions for the workers at our construction sites who are employed by our contractors.
CDL has contributed towards this goal by investing 2% to 5% of a new development’s construction cost on sustainable designs and construction methods and committing to local and international certifications for quality green homes and offices. In 2016, we invested S$2.25 million in a partnership with the NUS for two new research laboratories to catalyse innovation in smart and green building technologies which can be test-bedded in our future developments.
More than just a developer of living and working spaces, we have strived to be a builder of lives and communities. For over 20 years, we have championed innovation and invested in green building technologies to improve the efficiency, quality and comfort of our developments. By embedding the principle of Universal Design in all our developments, upholding EHS standards and driving innovations in smart solutions, CDL is well positioned to support Singapore’s aspiration to become a smart and livable nation, and the global goal for sustainable cities and communities.
Through our sustained programmes to engage tenants, homebuyers, youths and members of the public through initiatives such as CDL Green Lease Partnership Programme, “Let’s Live Green” outreach, EcoBank, North West Power Up Scheme, CDL actively advocates sustainable consumption through behavioural changes. We also uphold responsible sourcing along the supply chain through our Green Procurement Guidelines and by setting a target for 50% of our building material to be derived from recycled content, low-carbon sources, or are certified by recognised environmental organisations.
Since 2008, CDL has established a target to reduce carbon emissions intensity across all our operations in Singapore. In 2018, CDL has set science-based targets to reduce its GHG emissions per square metre across our Singapore operations (Corporate Office, commercial and industrial buildings) by 59% from base-year 2007 by 2030. For our development projects, CDL also commits to use sustainable building materials, instead of their conventional equivalents, to reduce embodied carbon by 24% by 2030.
CDL has taken steps to ensure the conservation of natural habitats and biodiversity by making it a standard practice during the planning stage of construction to conduct a Biodiversity Impact Assessment (BIA) and consult with environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and agencies, where applicable. In 2016, we took the initiative to voluntarily conduct a more comprehensive study, similar in scope with the Environmental Impact Assessment, for our Forest Woods condominium.
CDL believes in creating a fair and inclusive society for our business to thrive and prosper in. Our steadfast commitment is evident in our ‘zero-tolerance’ policies and practices towards fraud and corruption, non-discrimination in hiring policy, as well as our human rights policy prohibiting child and forced labour in CDL’s operations and supply chain. Legal compliance across all our operations is of utmost concern to our business.
As signatory to the UN Global Compact, and member to the World Green Building Council and Business Council for Sustainable Development Singapore, CDL has taken on an active and leading role in promoting best practices and enabling collaboration in advancing the sustainability and green building agenda. We also further our advocacy efforts through participation in local and international forums.

In 2017, CDL opened the landmark Singapore Sustainability Academy, the nation’s first networking facility dedicated to sustainability advocacy and capacity building. The zero-energy academy is developed in partnership with the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore and is supported by six government agencies and over 15 founding industry and NGO partners. In its first year of operations, the academy held over 120 sustainability-focused events and training courses, and engaged over 4,500 representatives from the People, Public and Private sectors.