Corporate Policies - Biodiversity

As a leading Australian property group, Dexus understands that through the development, management and operations of our properties, we have an impact on, and responsibility to, the surrounding environment, natural resources and biodiversity at our sites. 
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This decade, 2011-2020, is the ‘United Nations Decade on Biodiversity’. As a member of the International Convention of Biological Diversity, Australia has set challenging targets under the National Biodiversity Conservation Strategy 2010-2030.

Dexus recognises that through our activities as a property owner, manager and developer, we can positively contribute to protecting and enhancing biodiversity. We aim to deliver a positive impact on biodiversity and have integrated biodiversity management within our organisational strategy.

Across our developments, we are committed to enhancing, managing and reporting biodiversity outcomes on the projects we undertake. Part of this process is understanding local biodiversity at a site level, managing and mitigating biodiversity risk and identifying specific opportunities that exist for each development.

For our existing portfolio, where opportunities arise, we work to create living spaces for people by integrating the environment and more natural elements in to working areas while enhancing species diversity where we can.  

As part of our ongoing commitment, we will continue to seek opportunities to:

  • Integrate features and spaces that enhance biodiversity into our building design

  • Work with our tenants to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes while enhancing and protecting native flora and fauna

  • Creating living spaces for people to interact with the outdoors within the properties we own, manage and develop

Dexus is further committed to:

  • Assessing industrial, retail and office developments to determine whether designated landscaping areas can be increased beyond minimum planning requirements

  • Assessing developments to determine where we can increase the percentage of permeable surfaces and native vegetation beyond planning requirements

  • Engaging in development activities that do not contribute to the extinction of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) listed endangered species

  • Owning, managing and developing properties that are situated outside World Heritage areas and IUCN Category I-IV protected areas

  • Identifying opportunities to work with our tenants on retaining existing, and creating new vegetated spaces to encourage biodiversity especially across large industrial developments

  • Providing opportunities to involve the local community, local landscaping experts or NGO groups in the landscape planning of suitable industrial and retail centres

  • Ensuring local native shrubbery, trees and grasses  are considered in order to  stabilise soils, prevent erosion, enhance storm water capture, contribute to healthy waterways and create habitats for native species

  • Enhancing our biodiversity contributions by providing support for local community groups and research projects together with in-kind donations and volunteering hours where opportunities arise

  • Integrating a biodiversity reporting system into our business

  • Integrating biodiversity considerations and risks into our investment decision making process as outlined in our Sustainable Investment Guidelines

  • Employing specialist consultants and project managers where required to ensure biodiversity risks and opportunities are identified and managed in developments

  • Requiring our suppliers, as outlined in our Supplier Code of Conduct, present Dexus with products or solutions that enhance, protect and retain native biodiversity throughout their supply chain

  • Assessing biodiversity issues prior to acquisition, and further assessing the implications for the land use according to our biodiversity commitments

  • Training our employees to understand the importance of protecting and enhancing biodiversity and continue to raise awareness of biodiversity risks and opportunities for our business

Download the Biodiversity Policy PDF