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
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‘AAA’ Since 2010
Since 2020
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Since 2018

Regional Sector Leader
Since 2017

Since 2018
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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:


  • Climate Action Exhibition at CDL Green Gallery

    Through a short writeup (of up to 80 words) and 1-4 images, showcase your love for nature at a Climate Action Exhibition at the CDL Green Gallery@Singapore Botanic Gardens!

    Selected submissions will be featured at this public exhibition jointly organised by CDL and National Parks Board.

  • CDL E-Generation Challenge 2021

    Stand a chance to win a 2-week expedition to Africa and visit Jane Goodall Institute conversation sites by sending us a 3-5 minute video or 3,000 word essay on “The impact of global deforestation and the importance of protecting biodiversity in Singapore and Asia”.

    Join the challenge today at! Submissions will close on 30 June 2021.

  • Q4 2020 Sustainability Quarterly Report

    This issue highlights the following:

    • Feature on 50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders hosted by Bloomberg
    • The 7th Hong Leong and CDL Group Annual Sustainability Forum
    • South Beach’s sustainability-themed Christmas decorations
    • Supporting Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Trees of the World 2020 display

  • CDL Pledges Net Zero Operations by 2030

    In this key milestone of our sustainability journey, we are the first Singapore real estate developer to sign the WorldGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment.

  • Listed on Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index 2021 for Fourth Consecutive Year

    In a traditionally male-dominated industry, CDL has been the only Singapore real estate company to be listed on the global index since its inauguration in 2018.

  • CDL Ranked Most Sustainable Company in Real Estate and in Singapore

    We are the first and only Singapore company to be included in Global 100 for 12 consecutive years, and have remained Singapore’s top-ranked most sustainable company in the world for the third consecutive year.

  • CDL Secures S$470 Million Green Revolving Credit Facility

    It will be used for the refinancing of Republic Plaza—our flagship commercial property in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District—and other eligible green projects as defined in the CDL Sustainable Finance Framework.

  • CDL Maintains Double ‘A’s in 2020 CDP A List and Top Scores In GRESB, DJSI, MSCI And Sustainalytics Ratings

    • Only Singapore company to be recognised in the 2020 CDP A List and only company in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong to achieve ‘A’ for three consecutive years

    • Other recent sustainability accolades include recognition as Global Sector Leader (Diversified Office/Retail Listed) and Overall Regional Sector Leader (Diversified) in GRESB 2020

  • 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.

  • 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 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).