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Making Sustainable Property Development a Measurable and Achievable Reality

Today, Fortune 500 companies involved in construction are increasingly in the spotlight: they have a responsibility to be sustainability pioneers.

“Aligning with UN SDGs shows our commitment to sustainability while also helping us achieve our commercial aims” 

Landson Li Chief Engineer, Wanda Commercial Management Group
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The People

Wanda Commercial Management Group

Chinese multinational Wanda Group is executing ambitious plans for smart, healthy leisure and retail complexes with the highest sustainable standards.

In alignment with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, Wanda's ambitious vision is to become recognized as a leader in the creation of smart, sustainable cities and communities fit for the future.

The Challenge

Wanda Group needed an independent partner to help bring their sustainable vision to life

Climate change and urbanization are putting an increasing strain on our cities and on shared spaces - but this also marks a huge opportunity to reimagine our built environments.

Given its scale and public profile, Wanda Group engages with sustainability on a profound level. It seeks to create new jobs, enrich local demand, and improve the quality of property in each new Wanda Plaza (single-complex buildings which integrate retail, leisure, hotel and residential space) it builds.

Having built over 370 Wanda Plazas already and with ambitious plans to build around six new developments every month, Wanda needs sustainable strategic thinking and working practices to be enthusiastically embraced throughout its operations.

The Solution

Leveraging a world-leading sustainability framework and symbol of trust to drive excellence

Wanda set 'green' five-year targets, ranging from supply chain sustainability to health and well-being, and needed a trusted partner to provide independent certification at speed and scale.

Wanda Group achieved BSI Smart Cities and Communities Kitemark™ certification. This demonstrates that Wanda considers measurable sustainability criteria for every project - from governance and empowerment, through safety and security, to sustainable consumption and biodiversity.

Choosing to work with BSI was a recognition of the strength of BSI's global reputation and experience. The certification is proving invaluable in helping Wanda Group deliver healthy, natural spaces that use data to monitor and track environments.

Creating smart, sustainable cities and communities fit for the future

Efficient buildings are expected to be an investment worth $24.7 trillion across emerging market cities by 2030. For Wanda, BSI certification:

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  • Shows potential investors that its sustainability credentials are trustworthy

  • Assures consumers and building users of its commitment to green construction

  • Proves a robust management framework is in place to deliver on sustainability aspirations

  • Demonstrates ability to work with sustainable business innovators and leaders

The impact property development has on our environment

  • 40%

    40% of global energy-related carbon emissions are due to buildings

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  • 50%

    50% of all extracted materials today are used in buildings

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  • 100%

    100% increase estimated in the world's building stock by 2060

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  • 70%

    70% of the global population is projected to live in urban areas by 2060

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“No other organizations have BSI's history as a leader in standards. Certification proves our commitment to make Wanda Plazas sustainable communities.” 

Landson Li Chief Engineer, Wanda Commercial Management Group
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Helping organizations bring their sustainable visions to life

The BSI Smart Cities and Communities Kitemark™ is globally recognized as a symbol of trust in creating the built environments of the future

We’re committed to working alongside sustainable business innovators in infrastructure development, including Fortune 500 companies in the property sector like Wanda Group. Together, we're working for our planet's future.

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