Letter from our

global head of real estate

Our vision is to drive leadership in sustainable real estate across our global organization. Our vision drives our objectives. Our vision drives our commitments. Our vision defines the “what” and “how” of our sustainability program within Real Estate.

Our purpose is our people. Our purpose fuels our passion for creating more sustainable communities, and for creating a better future. Our purpose is the “why”.

This year, more than ever, we’ve seen the importance of working together towards a common goal. We’ve seen the impact that our efforts can have on the ground and in the hands of those who need it most.

In 2019, we worked to minimize our environmental footprint by certifying 15 new buildings to a LEED standard. This includes the first ever certification awarded for LEED v4.1. To date, over 80% of our global portfolio carries a green building certification and we are actively working to maintain momentum in this area.

We also focused on stakeholder engagement through the creation of an internal recognition program celebrating excellence in sustainable leadership. For the first time ever, the Green Champion Leader Award was awarded to Christina Harricharran who’s Think Big attitude helped earn the 220 Bloor Toronto Head Office our first ever Fitwel Certification.

Finally, we are demonstrating responsible business practices through our participation in the UN Environment Programme – Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) climate risk pilot group.

In the midst of these unprecedented times, I am proud of the progress we have made. I am proud of our employees, our tenants and our partners who have come together in support of a better tomorrow.

We recognize there is more to do. This is a never-ending journey requiring our continuous commitment and dedication. As I’ve previously mentioned, we are surrounded by an amazing team and I know that when we think big, anything is possible. 

Stay safe and be well. 

Bill