Considered as Eco-Business A-Listers, the chief sustainability officer of Singapore-based property firm City Developments Limited (CDL), ubiquitous partnership builder Esther An is famous for carrying her commitments beyond her corporate roles. Esther is known for promoting sustainability across all sectors, is a TEDx speaker, and is an expert bringing people together to build partnerships. In the above video listen in her own words what is the secret behind her successful leadership!
An active advocate for green building and sustainability for over two decades, Esther has been instrumental in establishing CDL’s leadership in sustainability. It is ranked top real estate company on the 2020 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World and is also the only CDP A-List company for climate strategy and water security in SE Asia.
Key ESG initiatives she has spearheaded include publishing the first sustainability report using GRI standards in Singapore in 2008; issuing the first green bond by a Singaporean company in 2017 and pioneering an SDG Innovation Loan in Singapore in 2019. As a forerunner in embracing the UN SDGs, Esther was conferred 2018 SDG Pioneer for Green Infrastructure and A Low Carbon Economy by the UN Global Compact.
Committed to building a large ecosystem to drive change, Esther serves on the board ad Vice-Chair of the World Green Building Council Corporate Advisory Board, Asia Pacific Real Estate Association (APREA), Singapore Institute of Directors and Global Compact Network Singapore. She chairs the ULI Singapore Sustainability Product Council and APREA Sustainability Committee with a view to accelerating sustainability practices in the regional real estate sector.
The founder of Women4Green and Youth4Climate initiatives, Esther believes in engaging and empowering women and youths as a force for change towards a sustainable future for all.
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