Corporate real estate forging strategies to balance people, profit and planet

New survey finds focus on employee productivity and health as more companies say will pay extra for green leased space
February 09, 2011

Employee health and productivity

A small but important shift in the survey results from 2009 to 2010 involves the relative importance of operational costs compared to less-tangible workforce benefits of sustainability. In 2010, 32 percent of respondents ranked energy cost as their most important sustainability metric, down from 37 percent who ranked it number one in 2009. At the same time, employee health and productivity was ranked as the most important measure of success by 31 percent in 2010, up from 29 percent in 2009. An additional 11 percent ranked employee satisfaction as the most important criteria.

These results reinforce trends that Jones Lang LaSalle has experienced in serving corporate real estate clients worldwide. "The focus on containing operational cost remains a driver of many sustainability programs, but corporate real estate executives also recognize the value of enhancing workplace effectiveness with strategies that promote employee health, well-being and productivity," said Probst.

Additional findings of the CoreNet Global/Jones Lang LaSalle Sustainability Survey include:

  • Green building certifications are considered by 88 percent and energy labels by 87 percent in administering their portfolio.

  • 48 percent of occupiers would pay up to 10 percent premium for sustainable space, while 2 percent expect to pay over 10 percent.

  • Respondents still focus on energy efficiency program (65 percent) and waste recycling (61 percent).

  • Corporate real estate directors are highly involved in providing sustainability performance data and funding sustainability-oriented investment with the purpose of reducing cost and increasing employee satisfaction.


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Asia: not so fast!

"Companies that occupy office space around the world consider sustainability a key factor in their space occupancy plans"? Really? It would be interesting to see the Asia portion of this survey to assess JLL's blanket statement.