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JLL Shanghai Office Leads the Way as First Project to become WELL Certified at the Platinum Level in Asia Pacific

Leading real estate and investment management firm's new Shanghai workplace received highest level of WELL certification  to advance  health and well-being

SHANGHAI, 12 December 2017 - JLL's office​ project at Shanghai's HKRI Taikoo Hui has been awarded WELL Certification at Platinum level. This certification, the first WELL Certified™​ Platinum in Asia Pacific and the third in the world, was awarded by the International WELL Building Institute pbc™ (IWBI™) based on the successful results of the project’s performance verifications according to the WELL Building Standard™. The WELL Building Standard™ is a premier building certification standard that measures and monitors features of buildings that impact the health and wellness of the people who live, work, and learn in them.

The certification means that JLL (NYSE: JLL) is the first company in the region to boast offices officially recognized as providing the best worker-friendly facilities possible by the foremost body in this field.

Eddie Ng, Managing Director for JLL East China, says: "We are very proud to become the first office in Asia Pacific, as well as only the third office anywhere in the world, to receive this level of certification from IWBI™. This clearly demonstrates JLL's commitment to environmentally friendly practices, and to providing the best possible working conditions for our staff."

In-house expertise

The achievement of WELL Certified™ Platinum status demonstrates that JLL has the in-house expertise necessary to win a major award in the very industry in which the company operates. Once the decision to engage in the Well Certification process was made, a project team was set up that looked at every aspect of potential new office spaces, and how each feature could be optimized to create a space which would do justice to the vision laid out in JLL's Future of Work concept.

The team responsible for coordinating inter-departmental efforts across the company to achieve the award was headed by Xuchao Wu, Head of Energy and Sustainability Services for JLL Greater China. As Wu points out, "Not only does WELL Certified status set a new benchmark for JLL and its clients, but our navigation of the rigorous certification process highlights the variety and depth of our in-house expertise in areas such as workplace planning, project management, facilities management, and sustainability consulting. This project was a team effort which brought together the specific skill sets of many departments, and is an excellent example of the integrated service model which JLL can offer to our clients."

Setting the standard

The JLL Shanghai office earned its Platinum level rating based on seven categories of building performance—air, water, light, nourishment, fitness, comfort and mind. To be awarded WELL Certification by IWBI, the project underwent rigorous testing and a final evaluation carried out by a third-party certification body.

"JLL's Shanghai project is the first WELL project in the Asia Pacific region to achieve Platinum certification, proving to the world that WELL is achievable at the highest level in China," says Rick Fedrizzi, Chairman and CEO of International WELL Building Institute. "Through this project, JLL is living its 'Achieve Ambitions' mission, demonstrating its leadership in promoting healthy building practice through putting employees' health and wellbeing at the center of decision making when investing in workplace enhancements."

Looking to the future

The successful pursuit of one of the most sought-after industry standards for employee health reinforces JLL's commitment to its staff, and the company's strong belief that a healthy and happy workplace can enable colleagues to work more productively. The co-working style in the new Shanghai office allows colleagues to collaborate effectively in a flexible, smart office environment, as well as providing an inclusive and inspiring atmosphere for clients to visit and work within.

"Gaining WELL Certified™ status is just one example of a wider culture which develops world-class teams where talented people learn from and inspire each other. It is this culture that allows innovation to thrive, and keeps JLL one step ahead by bringing together market-leading knowledge, technology and insight," says Anthony Couse, CEO, JLL Asia Pacific. "Looking to the future, JLL's aspiration is to make sure that all the new offices in Asia Pacific are WELL Certified™, since we believe that through providing the very best working environment, we can make the most of every opportunity –in our careers, for our clients and for our business, around the world."​

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About JLL
JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. A Fortune 500 company, JLL helps real estate owners, occupiers and investors achieve their business ambitions. In 2016, JLL had revenue of $6.8 billion and fee revenue of $5.8 billion and, on behalf of clients, managed 4.4 billion square feet, or 409 million square meters, and completed sales acquisitions and finance transactions of approximately $145 billion. At the end of the third quarter of 2017, JLL had nearly 300 corporate offices, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of over 80,000. As of September 30, 2017, LaSalle Investment Management had $59.0 billion of real estate under asset management. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit

JLL has over 50 years of experience in Asia Pacific, with 36,900 employees operating in 96 offices in 16 countries across the region. The firm won the 'World's Best' and 'Best in Asia Pacific' International Property Consultancy at the International Property Awards in 2016 and was named number one real estate investment advisory firm in Asia Pacific for the sixth consecutive year by Real Capital Analytics.

In Greater China, the firm was named 'Best Property Consultancy in China' at the International Property Awards Asia Pacific 2016, and has more than 2,200 professionals and 14,000 on-site staff providing quality real estate advice and services in over 80 cities across the country.

About the International WELL Building Institute™

The International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) is a public benefit corporation whose mission is to improve human health and wellness through the built environment. Public benefit corporations like IWBI are an emerging U.S. structure for corporations committed to balancing public benefits with profitability – harnessing the power of private capital for greater good. IWBI administers the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL™) – a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of buildings that impact the health and wellness of the people who live, work, and learn in them. It also supports the growing number of professionals who seek WELL accreditation, as administered by GBCI.


About the WELL Building Standard™

The WELL Building Standard™ (WELL) is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact the health and well-being of the people who live, work, and learn in the buildings.  WELL focuses on seven categories of building performance:  air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind.  Pioneered by Delos, the WELL Building Standard is grounded in evidence-based research that demonstrates the connection between the buildings where we spend more than 90 percent of our time and health and wellness impacts on us as occupants.  The WELL Building Standard is administered by the International WELL Building Institute™ and third-party certified by Green Business Certification Inc.  (GBCI).​