Reit Magazine - January/February 2021 - 32

Aaron Binkley

Senior Director,
Sustainability Programs
Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR)

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" Having a governance and management structure that ensures a cogent and strategic approach
to global ESG matters has become of paramount
importance to many organizations. Many REITs, in
particular, have observed that board-level oversight
of environmental and social matters is becoming
an expectation-a notable change from when these
topics had previously been managed tactically within
the organization. Elevating these matters within the
REIT management structure increases opportunities
to set long-term goals and performance targets to
move beyond near-term, tactical targets that only
deliver marginal improvements.
Similarly, we see an emerging focus on setting
long-term environmental targets to measure,
manage, and reduce carbon emissions across the
real estate asset lifecycle. This leads to changes in the
design of buildings-from aiming for lower carbon
footprints and requiring suppliers and contractors
to reduce embodied carbon in building materials,
to necessitating ongoing building operations to prioritize carbon-free energy sources throughout their
operational lifetimes.
An expanded focus on diversity, equity, and
inclusion is germane to REITs that recognize that
they play a role in addressing societal issues that
affect their employees. Business benefits also stem
from improving a REIT's ability to attract and retain
talent, having an engaged workforce that reflects the
values of the community where they operate, and
enhancing relations in local communities.
These ESG factors are no longer a " nice to have; "
they're increasingly becoming part of the fabric
of corporate identity as profit and purpose gain
equal footing in a business' attractiveness to their
stakeholders. "



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