Steven Leigh

Introduction

A message from Steven Leigh, Managing Director, QIC Global Real Estate 

 

While there is much media commentary espousing the impact digital disruption will have on the retail sector, there is comparatively little attention paid to the transformative influence the escalation of ESG-related priorities continues to have within our industry.

We view issues like energy security, climate change and social cohesion with the same degree of precedence many of those outside our industry place on digital disruption, which has long been entrenched in the way we approach managing our business. After all, ‘disruption’ is really just a natural element of evolution that presents an opportunity for change.

The continued transformation within QICGRE, produced by a firm commitment to driving improvements in ESG-related initiatives, is a powerful force for good – delivering operational efficiencies and creating positive social and environmental outcomes alongside competitive financial returns.

We create true and enduring value for our investors, communities, business partners and all our stakeholders by weaving ESG considerations into the core of our decision-making.

Our ESG Strategy and operating procedures align with globally recognised standards and we partner with respected organisations to assist us in the delivery of programs designed to achieve industry best-practice.

I am pleased to report that we continue to make pleasing progress against our priority focus areas of energy, water and waste reduction, including rolling out new technology to improve the visibility and quality of monitoring across our asset portfolio.  

Our focus on creating destinations at the heart of their communities means we have also continued to deliver a range of community investment programs via our assets, which are delivering change that is valued by our communities, and represents the causes they believe in.

The case studies and data contained within this report provide a snapshot of some of our key highlights in ESG-related initiatives across our portfolio that are championed by my executive team, endorsed by GRE Capital, driven by our investment managers and delivered by our operational staff.

My team and I are pleased to present our 2017 ESG Report, and to continue to build an investment future that incorporates best practice design, human factors and efficiency – aligning with the evolving expectations of our investors, communities and key stakeholders.