Retail property developer GPT Group (GPT) has maintained its global sustainability leadership position and improved its score in all categories as the global real estate sector leader of the annual Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI).

The annual DJSI review involves an analysis of corporate economic, environmental and social performance, assessing issues such as governance, risk management, stakeholder engagement, climate change mitigation, supply chain standards and labour practices.

GPT CEO Michael Cameron said the company and the teams involved have taken a holistic approach to sustainability

“Australian property groups remain committed to working closely with government and industry bodies to establish important tools such as Green Star Ratings and NABERS ratings, which help us to measure the success of our innovations,” he said.

“For GPT we are not only staying ahead of legislation and performance standards, we are delivering commercial benefits and creating places that premium tenants want to be.”

The GPT Group’s Rouse Hill Town Centre is a showcase example of an asset that closely considers the community in which it operates in addition to achieving significant eco-efficiencies from its sustainable design.

In 2009, $3.8 million in operational savings were achieved at Rouse Hill Town Centre (relative to a similarly sized traditional NSW shopping centre), with tenants, the environment and the greater community benefitting from its design.

GPT improved its rating from a score of 81 per cent in 2009 to 86 per cent in 2010.