As head of sustainability at City Developments Limited, Esther An is an ardent advocate of sustainable development

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As the chief sustainability officer of Singapore-based property firm City Developments Limited (CDL), Esther An has long gained a reputation for carrying her commitments beyond her corporate roles—promoting sustainability across sectors, speaking at events around the world, and bringing people together to build partnerships.


Some of the key environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) initiatives An has spearheaded include: publishing the first sustainability report in Singapore in 2008, issuing the first green bond by a Singaporean company in 2017, and building an integrated sustainability reporting framework since 2015. Thanks to her efforts, CDL is ranked as the top real estate company on the 2020 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World, and is also the only CDP A-List company for climate strategy and water security in SEA.


Recognising that youth engagement and female empowerment is crucial for climate action, she founded the Women4Green network in 2017 and the Youth4Climate initiative in 2018. Women4Green is a collaborative platform that aims to empower female executives to adopt and champion sustainable living at work, home, and play.


More recently, CDL partnered with Singapore Youth for Climate Action at COP26 and launched the ‘Keep Calm and Love Our Planet’ campaign, a series of programmes engaging youths from around the world to support their vision of “Turning Climate Anxiety into Positive Action”.

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The Youth4Climate Festival is one of City Development Limited’s flagship programmes that provides Singapore’s youths with a platform to express their passion for the environment through musical performances and other exciting fringe activities.

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