Commitments and Signatories

Our commitment holds us publicly responsible for our performance, and we report on them every year to show progress.

The United Nations Global Compact

Link has been a signatory and staunch supporter of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) since 2012 and strives to adhere to all the Ten Principles, reaffirming our commitment to respect labour standards and human rights, to operate in an environmentally responsible manner and to maintain zero tolerance towards corruption.

The UNGC is an international initiative outlining the 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 Organisation (ILO)’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.

Link is committed to eliminate any instances of forced labour, child labour or any forms of human trafficking. This is communicated to our suppliers and contractors, and Link expects them to adhere to the standard.

Human Rights

We are committed to being a leader in meeting our human rights responsibility by implementing policies such as training on human rights policies and procedures during staff orientation and ongoing training.

As a company, we respect and believe that human rights should be in line with the ILO's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, as well as the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. We adhere to comply with the labour and human rights regulations at business locations where we operate.

Our Board has the oversight responsibility to ensure respect for human rights. We are committed to ensuring fair and equal treatment of all employees, regardless of their gender, age, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. We are also committed to create harassment-free workplace to ensure that no employee is exposed to violence, harsh/degrading treatment, harassment, and other disruptive conditions. We believe all our employees should have the right to favourable conditions of work such as safe working conditions, reasonable limitation of working hours, maternity protection and periodic holidays with pay.

Code of Conduct, Whistle Blowing Policy and Escalation Policy are distributed to all Link newcomers when they sign the service agreements. All staff are required to complete the training course on Code of Conduct, which embeds our human rights commitment, every year as annual affirmation. These enable our employees to understand their fundamental principles and rights at work.

Link recognises that human rights abuses can pose a major risk to our business. We are committed to disclose the incidents of human rights violation, and if applicable, preventive and corrective actions. In 2020/2021, there were no incidents of human rights violation recorded.

Link also recognises the responsibility to avoid any infringement of human rights of others, including youth and children, and address adverse human rights impact with which the company is involved.

We comply with the minimum wage ordinance and exceed regulatory requirements of minimum wage legislation by offering out-sourced workers paid lunch break and rest days.

Women's Empowerment Principles

Link is 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.

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.

The United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment

Demonstrating our commitment to responsible investment, Link became a signatory to The United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in 2017.  The PRI is an international network of investors working together to put the six Principles into practice.

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 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.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Link firmly believes that businesses must manage material issues in a way that contributes towards building a sustainable society.

Since 2018, we have begun to align our material issues with The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by mapping our ESG initiatives and targets to support the SDGs that are most relevant to our business, or where we can have significant influence. While we look at how we can contribute to each SDG, our efforts are primarily focused on SDGs 9, 11 and 17.

ESG Ratings and Index Inclusions

Link’s performance is regularly assessed by analysts, researchers, investors and third-party certification bodies.

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Achievements

We are recognised by well-known industry associations and independent publications as a leader in real estate and have continually achieved regional and international accolades.

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