THE STAR ENTERTAINMENT GROUP | SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY
The Star Entertainment Group (formerly Echo Entertainment) is an ASX100 company and leading integrated resort operator, incorporating hotels, gaming, entertainment and F&B businesses.
In 2016 The Star sought to develop a new group Sustainability Strategy, which would support the company through a period of considerable expansion.
Morphosis was engaged to facilitate a process for this and conducted a sustainability materiality assessment, engaged senior leadership stakeholders across the group and ran a strategy development process, including development workshop.
The resultant Board-approved strategy is currently in implementation.
AXA IM REAL ASSETS | RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT STRATEGY AND PROGRAM
AXA IM Real Assets Australia (AXA IM, formerly Eureka Funds Management) is a privately owned real estate fund manager with approximately $5billion under management. AXA IM have long provided leadership on sustainability and in 2013 embarked on a process with Morphosis to consolidate and enhance their Responsible Investment program.
Morphosis collaborated with AXA IM's team to develop and implement a new Responsible Investment strategy. It has subsequently been retained to guide implementation of the strategy, including development of ESG management and reporting systems and participation in the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB).
GROSVENOR GROUP 'LIVING CITIES' | CORPORATE VISION AND STRATEGY
Grosvenor Group is a large privately owned diversified property group, headquartered in London and operating around the world.
In 2011, Morphosis facilitated the creation of Grosvenor's long-term global sustainability vision, an ambitious vision known as 'Living cities'. Primary objectives for the project were to ensure that the vision:
- was owned by staff and management around the world,
- aligned with the company's core purpose, values and identity,
- provided flexibility for Grosvenor's four operating companies while ensuring group-level cohesion and clarity, and
- build the capacity of Grosvenor's people with sustainability.
Over 20 Morphosis-designed workshops were held across four continents and the resulting vision was approved by the Board.
In 2012, as part of the program steering group, Morphosis co-created a 'Living cities' model to define what Grosvenor mean by a 'Living cities' city and inform how their development, investment and asset management activities could contribute to the sustainability of the cities they operate in. We facilitated workshops in Grosvenor offices around the world to test and evolve this model and to translate the overarching Living cities vision into operating company strategy.
Morphosis continues to advise and support Grosvenor as Living cities is progressively implemented. This included being part of the Resilient Cities research project, examining the resiliency of 50 cities around the world and informing Grosvenor's long-term investment decision-making in those markets.
CBA Sustainability Launch | Keynote Presentation.
The Commonwealth Bank of Australia engaged Simon as the keynote speaker for the internal launch of its sustainability program, an event sponsored by the company's Group Executive for Group Corporate Affairs and hosted by its corporate sustainability team. The presentation was to focus on the topic of climate change but needed to be positive and uplifting.
Simon delivered an adapted version of The Good News Story. This was very well received with particular acknowledgement for being highly engaging and "non-preachy". Simon was subsequently invited to deliver further keynote presentations at CBA events.
Ricoh Australia | Property Procurement Strategy.
In 2011, Ricoh Australia initiated a procurement process for new Australian headquarters and national distribution facilities. They needed a strategy for the sustainability performance of those buildings that was both cost sensitive and value generating.
Morphosis facilitated a process to enable Ricoh's project team and executives to
understand what was good and best practice in sustainability and workplace design and developed a strategic and technical brief for sustainability in their projects.
Ricoh subsequently achieved a market leading 5 star Green Star Industrial Design (v01) rating for their new distribution centre (the headquarters development was put on hold).
City of Sydney Better Buildings Partnership | Feasibility Study.
The City of Sydney, as part of its Sustainable Sydney 2030 vision, sought to establish a program in which the largest commercial landlords in the City's area would collaborate to help improve the environmental performance of the city.
Morphosis was engaged to conduct a feasibility study for such a program. This included analysis of CBD office asset ownership, reviews of similar
programs around the world, interviews with a selection of property groups and provision of recommendations for the program.
The resultant Better Buildings Partnership has been highly successful, including receiving the 2013 award for Best Energy Savings program in Australia from the Energy Efficiency Council.
Colliers International | Program & Thought Leadership.
Simon established what is understood to be the first full-time sustainability leadership role in a property services group globally. As an employee of Colliers International he developed and led corporate-level sustainability programs for the Australian business, across Asia-Pacific (nine nations) and co-initiated Colliers' global program.
This involved developing corporate strategy and policy, creating services within business lines, engaging clients, conducting research, training staff, creating tools and systems, managing the company's environmental footprint, building brand value and representing Colliers in the media and industry or government initiatives.
Under Simon's leadership Colliers received considerable recognition, particularly from clients, for its pioneering work with sustainability, innovation in service offerings, proactive assistance advancing industry, thought leadership and market leadership improving the environmental performance of its own offices. This included winning a Green Globe award from the NSW government.
Simon authored the highly regarded publications 'Lifeblood - Sustaining the Vitality of Australian Businesses, the Critical Role of Buildings and Workplaces' and 'r.e.Design - the Green Real Estate Guide.'
BVN | PROGRAM LEADERSHIP & SUSTAINABLE DESIGN.
In 1999, while practicing as an architect at leading architectural practice BVN, Simon established the role of National Sustainable Design Manager. This was a pioneering role in the Australian architecture and construction industries.
BVN had been achieving solid sustainable design outcomes in projects around Australia, such as the Sydney Olympic Stadium. The rapidly growing practice wanted to lift the standard with sustainability of all of its projects across Australia and to use sustainability to further enhance its positioning as a market leader and innovator.
Simon established an internal framework for understanding and conducting sustainable design and provided the practice with a program of training, research, tools, systems and project strategy assistance. This included a 600 webpage intranet guide to sustainable design and an integrated ISO14001 certified environmental management system.
Simon conducted market leading research into the health, comfort and productivity benefits of sustainable buildings. He also produced one of Australia's first few green building ratings as part of the global Green Building Challenge program.