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Performance and Certification

About this Report 
 
What's New- Reporting Sustainability Performance Online

Since 2014/2015, we have reached a new stage in our sustainability reporting journey. We moved from Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Core Option to Comprehensive Option and have opted to report on our corporate sustainability progress via our corporate website. Information on the website will be updated periodically.
 
Reporting Principles
 
The Sustainability Website 2017/2018 was prepared in accordance with the Comprehensive Option of the Sustainability Reporting Guidelines Version 4 (G4) and the Construction and Real Estate Sector Disclosures, published by GRI. The GRI Content Index correlates GRI indicators with associated sections in our Annual Report. An independent third-party assurance was conducted by HKQAA, to verify the completeness and accuracy of this supplementary Sustainability Website and to ensure the compliance with the Comprehensive Option of GRI G4 Guidelines.
 
Reporting Scope
 
The Sustainability Website highlights our major sustainability initiatives and achievements from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018. This Sustainability Website covers 138 properties owned by Link across Hong Kong and energy data from two properties in Mainland China (Link Square 1 & 2 and EC Mall), in Shanghai and Beijing respectively. 
 
Notes to Reader
 
Information will be updated frequently and will highlight our major sustainability initiatives and achievements from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018. The Sustainability Website is published online and is available in web-based interactive HTML version and text-only versions, in two languages (English, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese). The interface has been prepared in accordance with the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.
 
Sustainability Performance
 
Sustainability is good for those around us, and therefore good for our business. This does not mean just simply “doing good” for environmental and social reasons, but instead, it requires us to transform how we do business by integrating sustainability into our strategy and operations. When we make business decisions, we refer to our sustainability framework and ensure that multiple elements are addressed. This means that gauging the success of our business should take into account both financial and non-financial indicators. 
 
Data Tables   

Please click to find the Data Tables for our environmental datahuman resources data and occupational health and safety data.  
 
Certification and Assurance
 
Assurance Statement 

Link’s Annual Report 2017/2018 (Strategic Report), is externally assured to validate the accuracy and reliability of its content. We engaged The Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency (HKQAA) to provide independent assurance of our reports. The assurance, including the scope of work and conclusions, can be found in the Assurance Statement.
 
GRI G4 Content Index – Comprehensive 

All our reports follow the GRI’s recognised standards and the corresponding Construction and Real Estate Sector Supplement. We work with GRI to promote full, transparent, reporting as a way for all organisations to support sustainable development.
 
Our GRI table shows how we meet the guidelines.
 
Stock Exchange’s Environmental, Social and Governance Reporting Guide Index

Our Annual Report 2017/2018 also complies with the Reporting Guide of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (SEHK) recommended best practices for Environmental, Social, Governance reporting.  
 
United Nations Global Compact
 
The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)  is an international initiative outlining ten principles for responsible business in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. The principles are derived from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. Link has been a signatory and staunch supporter of the UN Global Compact since 2012 and strives to adhere to all ten Principles, in order to reaffirm our commitment to respect labour standards and human rights, to operate in an environmentally responsible manner and to maintain zero tolerance towards corruption. 
 
Human Rights

As a company, we respect human rights, and compliant with the strict labour and human rights regulations in Hong Kong which are protected in the Basic Law and its Bill of Rights Ordinance (Cap. 383). However, Link REIT is committed to being the first mover in committing to meeting the responsibility to respect human rights through implementing various policies such as incorporating human rights policies and procedures training in new staff orientation and ongoing training as necessary.  
 
Our progress on the Principles is outlined in our Annual Reports (Strategic Report and Governance, Disclosures and Financial Statementsand complemented by our Sustainability website.  
 
Women's Empowerment Principles

Jointly promoted by the UN Women and UN Global Compact, The Women's Empowerment Principles is the global champion for gender equality, working to develop and uphold standards and create an environment in which every woman and girl can exercise her human rights and live up to her full potential. We are the first REIT in Asia to endorse the Women’s Empowerment Principles, and we are committed to implementing the principles at all levels of our business.
 
The United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI) 

The UN PRI is an international network of investors working together to put the six principles into practice. Demonstrating our commitment to responsible investment, Link became a signatory to the UN PRI in 2017.
 
While supporting long-term value creation, the application of the six principles investment decisions will better align investors with the global objectives of UN initiative, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Link's new role as a PRI signatory will give further impetus to its drive towards responsible investment decision-making and inspire positive changes in the investment community. 
 
Recognition 
 
Link's performance is regularly assessed by analysts, researchers, investors and third-party certification bodies. We've chosen to be included in independent investment indices that benchmark and track the most socially responsible companies.  
 
Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI)
 
Link REIT has been selected as an index component of the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index (DJSI Asia Pacific), another world-wide recognition on our sustainability efforts following our inclusion in the FTSE4Good Index since 2013.
 
We are the first and only Hong Kong-listed REIT included in the DJSI Asia Pacific. The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices follow a best-in-class approach, including companies across all industries that outperform their peers in numerous sustainability metrics, including corporate governance, economic, environmental and social criteria. The addition of Link REIT in DJSI Asia Pacific serves as an excellent acknowledgement of our sustainability leadership in the industry. We have been qualified to be included in RobecoSAM’s 2018 Sustainability Yearbook.  
 
 
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FTSE4Good Index Series

The FTSE4Good Index Series is an index designed for objectively measuring the performance of companies that meet globally recognised corporate responsibility standards. It is also a valuable tool for the investment community when assessing or creating responsible investment products.
 
Link REIT has also been included in the highly regarded FTSE4Good Index Series for the fifth consecutive year, a first for Hong Kong-listed REITs. Link REIT is also the first Hong Kong-based business enterprise to be included in the FTSE4Good Index since 2013, confirming Link REIT’s compliance with internationally recognised social responsibility standards.
 
 
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Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB)
 
GRESB is an industry-driven organisation committed to assessing the sustainability performance of real estate portfolios around the globe. Link REIT is one of the listed retail in East Asia being included in GRESB. Link has retained the “Green Star” for the fifth consecutive year.  
 

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Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index 
 
The Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index is a local index which helps us to better understand our sustainability performance relative to other Hong Kong and Mainland China companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Link REIT is a constituent of Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index Series since 2015. 
 
 
 
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Euromoney Real Estate Awards 2013 Best Investment Manager in Hong Kong 2015 Institutional Investor Most Honored Company in Hong Kong 2015 The Asset Triple A Awards Property Investor of the Year DJSI Asia Pacific FTSE4Good GRESB Green Star 2014 Hong Kong Awards for Industries: Customer Service Grand Award Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme