In the age of climate emergency, no corner of the Earth is spared from the devastating
consequences of climate change.

With the buildings and construction sector accounting for some 40% of global energy-related carbon emissions, and with the urban proportion of the global population projected to rise from 30% to 70% by 2050, the built sector is pivotal in driving emissions reduction and transitioning towards a low-carbon future.

Tree House condominium, Singapore:
Guinness World Record for tallest vertical garden of 24 storeys (April 2014 – June 2015)


Sustainability integration is fundamental in our strategy to create long-term value for our business and all our stakeholders. For the past two decades, we have driven innovative solutions to develop strategic low-carbon and resilient buildings. Committed and effective leadership by the Board Sustainability Committee has also been central to the delivery of CDL’s sustainability purpose, integration, and performance.

As a pioneering force in sustainability, CDL’s strong track record in ESG integration will enable us to forge ahead in the new climate economy, future-proofing our business and sustaining growth, building a world that serves both the present and future generations.

Statement byKWEK LENG BENG
Executive Chairman
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Statement bySHERMAN KWEK
Group Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
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Sustainability Governance Structure About the Board Sustainability Committee

One people, united.

Standing together with Singapore, CDL has contributed to initiatives in support of vulnerable individuals, families and communities affected by COVID-19.

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One people, united.

Standing together with Singapore, CDL has contributed to initiatives in support of vulnerable individuals, families and communities affected by COVID-19.

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Our Integrated Sustainability Report 2020 aims to continue inspiring the larger ecosystem and our value chain to accelerate climate action. It communicates our progress towards the CDL Future Value 2030 sustainability blueprint, as well as our steadfast efforts in creating positive impact in the built environment through best practices, innovation and active engagement.


A-List for Climate Change
Since 2018
Listed Since 2010
Since 2011
‘AAA’ Since 2010
Since 2014
Since 2002
Since 2018
Regional Sector Leader
Since 2017
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Since 2014
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Top 10 Constituent Companies Since 2016

The built sector has a crucial impact on the environment and society. As an expansion of our sustainability
commitments, we have aligned our ESG efforts with 14 relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) out of 17.

Click on any SDG to see how our initiatives have contributed to more sustainable cities and communities.


Youths today are the leaders of tomorrow. Recognising that they play a pivotal role in a sustainable future, CDL strives to engage, educate and empower youths in the battle against the climate crisis. Everyone can make a big difference, no matter how young.

We Love Our Planet – Voices Of
Our Children

Nathaniel Eng, 3½ years old

In celebration of World Environment Day 2020, we invited children and their families to tell us stories on the theme “We Love Our Planet”. Listen to their inspiring messages here.

Youth4Climate Global

Panellists sharing their experiences via Zoom

We invited young environmentalists from all around the world to share their experiences and aspirations as they fight for more robust climate action in their respective communities. View the fruitful discussions here.

Youth4Climate Concert 2020

38 young talents from ages 12 to 25 perform environment-themed musical acts

In celebration of Singapore’s Climate Action Week, we launched our Youth4Climate Concert, featuring six musical acts that reflect our youths’ aspirations for the future of the planet. Watch their incredible performances here.

In Support of:


WOMEN4GREEN is a platform dedicated to capacity-building and collaboration amongst female leaders, executives and youths to catalyse positive change towards a more sustainable future for all.

Discover the power of women here.

In Support of:


  • CDL Recognised as Real Estate Sector Leader at GRESB 2020

    We are proud to receive two accolades at the Real Estate Assessment in the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) 2020: Global Sector Leader (Diversified Office/Retail-Listed), and Overall Regional Sector Leader (Diversified).

  • CDL Wins Sustainability Award at RICS Awards 2020 Southeast Asia

    CDL is deeply honoured to be recognised at RICS Awards 2020 Southeast Asia, clinching the Sustainability Award.

    Watch the announcement video here.

  • CDL’s Chief Sustainability Officer Appointed on GRI’s New Board of Directors

    We are pleased to see our Chief Sustainability Officer Ms Esther An be appointed one of Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Board of Directors, effective from January 2021.

  • Virtual SSA Presents: Tales from Africa – Studying Chimpanzees to Better Understand Ourselves with Dr John Crocker

    21 November 2020, 11.00am (SGT)

    Our last Primate Lecture for 2020 is happening! Sharing his insights on human behaviour, Dr John Crocker will also chronicle how studying chimps with Dr Jane Goodall in his youth inspired his career as a family physician. Registration is free and open to everyone at

  • Q3 2020 CDL Quarterly Sustainability Report

    We are pleased to share the following in this issue:
    • CDL Recognised in the 2020 Euromoney
    Real Estate Survey
    • Featured as one of Energy Market Company’s (EMC) pioneer customers in trading of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)
    • Concluded Singapore’s Climate Action Week with Youth4Climate Concert

  • Premiering of Youth4Climate Concert, 21st August, 12pm

    In celebration of Singapore’s Climate Action Week, CDL is pleased to present Youth4Climate Concert 2020.

    Premiering on 21 Aug, Fri at 12pm on CDL Sustainability YouTube page, this virtual concert will feature climate-related performances from our young artists to raise greater climate awareness and inspire all to take action for a more sustainable future.

  • CDL Wins Most Sustainable Real Estate Company in 2020 World Finance Awards

    World Finance’s Sustainability Awards 2020 has named CDL the Most Sustainable Company in the Real Estate Industry, recognising our longstanding commitment to sustainable development and greening the built environment.

  • CDL Plants 1,380 Trees for World Environment Day 2020

    As part of an internal staff initiative, we’ve promised to plant one tree for every two photos submitted based on the World Environment Day 2020 theme “Time for Nature”. The response to the initiative was overwhelmingly positive! With these submissions, CDL will work with One Tree Planted to plant 1,380 trees in Indonesia and the Philippines.

  • CDL Only Singapore Company To Win Multiple Accolades at 5th Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards

    CDL clinched gold for Asia’s Best Integrated Report Award, the most prestigious award for sustainability reporting across the region, as well as gold for Best Carbon Disclosure and Best Sustainability Report (Digital), and a silver for Best Sustainability Report (Design).

  • CDL Scores Double ‘A’s for 2019 CDP Corporate Leadership in Climate Action and Water Security

    This is the second consecutive year CDL has received an A score for climate change strategy, and the first year that the company has received an A score for water security based on its inaugural participation in the CDP disclosure for water security.

  • CDL Listed on Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index 2020 for Third Consecutive Year

    In a traditionally male-dominated industry, CDL is the only Singapore real estate company to be listed this year, and to be listed for three consecutive years since the inauguration of the global index in 2018.

  • CDL Ranked Top Real Estate & Top Singapore Company in Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World

    Since 2010, CDL is the first and only Singapore company to be included for 11 consecutive years in Global 100, one of the world’s leading sustainability indices. This year, CDL has once again emerged as Singapore’s top-ranked sustainable company, a position held since last year.