An active advocate for sustainability for over two decades, Esther has been instrumental in establishing City Development Limited’s (CDL) leadership in integrating ESG best practices into its business. CDL is ranked as a top real estate company on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World 2020 list and is also the only CDP A-List company for climate strategy and water security in southeast Asia.
Key ESG initiatives that Esther has spearheaded include publishing the first sustainability report using GRI standards in Singapore in 2008; issuing the first green bond by a Singaporean company in 2017 and pioneering an SDG Innovation Loan in Singapore in 2019. As a forerunner in embracing the UN SDGs, Esther was conferred a 2018 SDG Pioneer for Green Infrastructure and A Low Carbon Economy by the UN Global Compact.
She sits on the boards or advisory platforms of several organisations, including the World Green Building Council, Singapore Green Building Council, UNEP Finance Initiative Property Work Group, GRI Corporate Leadership Group, Asia Pacific Real Estate Association Singapore Chapter Board, Global Compact Network Singapore and Urban Land Institute Singapore Chapter. An advocate for women empowerment, Esther founded the Women4Green Network to engage women to drive sustainable practices at home, at work and at play.
South China Morning Post is a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record, with a growing correspondent staff across Asia and the United States. SCMP's vision is to “Elevate Thought” and our mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. Additionally, SCMP publishes a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles in Hong Kong including Cosmopolitan,ELLE, Esquire and, Harper’s BAZAAR. SCMP is also home to Abacus, a digital news brand focused on China's tech industry; Inkstone, a daily news brief for those curious about China's growing impact around the world; and Goldthread, a content platform with a focus on food, travel and culture in China.