Strategic Alignment with SDGs

In September 2015, the United Nation launched a set of 17 SDGs and targets that aim to transform the world by 2030. CDL firmly believes that a sustainable society can only be achieved with the support of the corporate community, and as such we have assessed the ways in which the management of our material issues can contribute towards sustainable development through specific SDGs.

Since 2016, we have taken the initiative to align its material issues with the SDGs by effectively managing our ESG issues and building innovative collaborations across sectors.

With the introduction of CDL Future Value 2030, further steps were taken to map our ESG goals and targets to support the most relevant SDGs.

SDGs Applicable to CDL Our Impact and Contributions
SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
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.
SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
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 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.
SDG 9: Resilient and Innovative Infrastructure
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 $2.25 million in a partnership with the National University of Singapore for two new research laboratories to catalyse innovation in smart and green building technologies which can be test-bedded in our future developments.
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
By embedding the principle of Universal Design in all our developments, upholding EHS standards and driving innovations in smart and green lifestyle solutions. CDL is well positioned to support Singapore’s aspiration to become a clean, green, smart and sustainable nation.
SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and production
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 35% of our building material to be derived from recycled content, low-carbon sources, or are certified by recognised environmental organisations.
SDG 13: Urgent Action for Climate Change
Since 2008, CDL has established a target to reduce carbon emissions intensity across all our operations in Singapore. In 2015, we advanced our commitment with a Climate Change Policy, and have achieved a 19% carbon intensity reduction from baseline year 2007.

We have also implemented a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) management system in line with ISO 14064-1, in 2016, and have voluntarily raised our carbon emission intensity reduction target from 25% to 38% by 2030 from 2007 levels, going beyond Singapore’s national commitment of 36% to the Paris Agreement.

SDG 15: Biodiversity and Resource Conservation
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 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 latest Forest Woods condominium.
SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
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 corporate stance on human rights 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.
SDG 17: Partnership for Sustainable Development
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 CSR and green building agenda. We also further our advocacy efforts through participation in local and international forums.

In June 2017, CDL will open the landmark Singapore Sustainability Academy with the aim to advance capacity building, advocacy and stakeholder engagement for sustainable development. The zero-energy academy is developed in partnership with Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore, and supported by six government agencies and 15 founding partners.