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CBREIM: ESG/Sustainability Director, APAC

Location: Singapore
Company: CBRE
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As a leading global real assets investment management firm, we strive to realize potential in investments and people in innovative ways, every day. We do so by creating the sustainable investment solutions of tomorrow so our clients, people and communities thrive.
The objective of the APAC Director of ESG role is to support operational excellence, investment performance and to strengthen CBRE Investment Managements position and image as a leading sustainable investment manager. This will be achieved through development, implementation, and monitoring of ESG policies and procedures covering corporate operations and investment management activity across investment strategies. The APAC Director of ESG directly supports and reports to the Head of Sustainability and Innovation.
Key Responsibilities
  • Stay ahead of statutory/key market developments and ensure they are reflected in the ongoing maintenance/update of the Sustainability Vision and implementation strategy
  • Support portfolio and investor services teams in client engagement (e.g., participate in due diligence interviews, investor meetings/conferences, review and sign-off response to ESG-related investor queries and RFPs)
  • Participate in the work of APAC Investment and Performance Oversight Committees to ensure integration of ESG in all life-cycle stages of an investment, adding value to the process and maximising asset and portfolio performance
  • Collaborate with asset and portfolio teams to support development and implementation of investment management ESG strategies
  • Develop internal and external relations, to act as the agent of change to ensure full integration of ESG vision throughout the business
  • Oversee and contribute to maintenance and development of ESG data management systems, processes, and integration (e.g., Measurabl, GO Analytics )
  • Collaborate with internal teams to support development and implementation of corporate/operational ESG strategy
  • Participate in the relevant internal ESG working groups/projects (e.g., impact investment, and climate change risk)
  • Represent CBRE Investment Management through active participation at conferences, in industry working groups, press, and social media, ensuring CBRE IMs position as an ESG leader in the marketplace
  • Collaborate with research and analytics teams to create and publish thought leadership content
  • Continually maintain and enhance own expertise in global real asset ESG issues
  • Source or develop, and deliver content to educate CBRE IM teams (e.g., monthly webinars, newsletters )
  • Manage ESG consultants (develop the scope of work and contracts, oversee appointments and performance, and maintain preferred supplier list through updates and tenders as needed)
  • Actively contribute to external ESG reporting, especially the annual Global ESG Report, aligned with third-party guidelines (e.g., SEC, GRI, TCFD, SASB, SDG, PRI, GRESB)
  • Collaborate with internal and external teams to ensure maximised accuracy, consistency, and coverage of ESG data

Person Specification/Requirements
  • Masters-level academic degree preferred
  • Advanced (min 10 years' experience) in the sustainability field, with evidence of continued professional development (CEnv, Masters degree or above) preferred
  • Strong leadership skills: excellent organizational skills; ability to prioritise, to delegate, to monitor and to deliver
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills: the ability to summarise and convey complex content
  • Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy
  • Positive, proactive work ethic and approach
  • Excellent and proven ability to communicate effectively (oral and written) with customers, peers, management, contractors, and investors
  • Demonstrated abilities to prioritize and manage multiple assignments in a fast-paced environment to meet deadlines with efficiency and accuracy
  • Show tact, discretion, confidentiality, and sound judgment in handling sensitive and confidential matters and documentation
  • Ability to multi-task, work on corporate-wide projects and with varied teams
  • Ambitious, team player, pro-active, innovative, and flexible
  • Experience in an international working environment, demonstrating cross-cultural skills
  • Knowledge of sustainability frameworks on corporate, portfolio and asset level such as UN SDG, GRI, PRI, GRESB, TCFD, EU taxonomy, ISO and LEED/BREEAM
  • A strong professional network in the sustainability sector to help facilitate CBRE IM leadership in the industry

About CBRE Investment ManagementAs one of the world's leading real asset investment managers, we offer our more than 500 institutional clients across the globe access to our broad and deep platform to support their investments in real estate and infrastructure in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. CBRE Investment Management currently has $140 billion in assets under management.Our expertise ranges across investment solutions including equity and debt, direct and indirect, and listed and unlisted strategies. With a footprint of 31 offices in 22 countries, we can provide in-depth local market intelligence, proprietary research and active management to execute strategies many sectors and across the risk/return spectrum.We have a team of more than 950 professionals who are committed to delivering world-class investment results and exceptional client service. All our work is guided by a corporate culture that puts clients' success at the core of what we do.We are part of the CBRE Group, the world's largest, full-service commercial real estate services firm. This enables us to give our clients a significant competitive edge as we can harness its research, market intelligence, investment sourcing, financing, leasing and property management.
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