The strategic significance of environmental sustainability by Australian-listed property trusts Document Information: Title: The strategic significance of environmental sustainability by Australian-listed property trusts Author(s): Graeme Newell, (University of Western Sydney, Penrith South, Australia) Citation: Graeme Newell, (2008) "The strategic significance of environmental sustainability by Australian-listed property trusts", Journal of Property Investment & Finance, Vol. 26 Iss: 6, pp.522 - 540 Keywords: Benchmarking, Best practice, Corporate social responsibility, Property, Sustainable design, Trusts Article type: Research paper DOI: 10.1108/14635780810908370 (Permanent URL) Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited Abstract: Purpose – Environmental sustainability has taken on increased importance in recent years with property companies. The purpose of this paper is to assess the strategies used by listed property trusts (LPTs) in Australia in delivering excellence and international best practice in environmental sustainability for commercial property. Design/methodology/approach – Using content analysis, the annual reports, corporate responsibility and sustainability reports, and carbon disclosure reports for all LPTs in Australia are assessed. These public domain documents are used to identify the corporate strategies used by LPTs for implementing international best practice in environmental sustainability for the LPT commercial property portfolios. Findings – The paper finds that Australian LPTs are seen to be strategically implementing a wide range of procedures regarding environmental sustainability. These contributions represent international best practice in environmental sustainability procedures, and include strategies at the corporate, portfolio and individual commercial property levels. These results confirm the strong leadership role of Australian LPTs in implementing international best practice in environmental sustainability in commercial property. Originality/value – Previous research into sustainable commercial property has largely focused on the valuation implications with sustainability and the various sustainability rating tools. This paper rigorously assesses the strategic issues concerning implementing international best practice in environmentally sustainable commercial property; particularly highlighting the strong leadership role of LPTs in Australia in implementing these international best practices. Given the increasing significance of environmental sustainability and commercial property, this research enables more informed and practical investment decision making by property companies regarding the implementation of environmental sustainability procedures for their commercial property portfolios which are seen to be international best practice.
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