Kimco Realty Expands ESG Commitment by Outlining Ambitious Five and Ten-Year Goals
Company Sets Paris-Aligned Emissions Reduction Target, Commits to
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Kimco Realty ESG Goals (Graphic: Business Wire)
With the publication of Kimco’s latest Corporate Responsibility Report, the company outlined five ESG pillars, grounded in its business strategy, to guide its program: Communicate Openly with Stakeholders, Embrace the Future of Retail, Engage Tenants and Communities, Lead in Operations and Resiliency, and Foster an Engaged, Inclusive and Ethical Team. Following consultations with key stakeholder groups,
Communicate Openly with Stakeholders:
Kimcois committed to best-in-class ESG disclosure, and will continue to regularly engage with stakeholders and align its annual reporting with leading disclosure standards including the Global Reporting Initiative(GRI), Sustainability Accounting Standards Board(SASB), and Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures(TCFD).
Embrace the Future of Retail: The future of brick and mortar retail centers around essentials – delivering necessity goods and services through physical stores that provide superior convenience, optimize last-mile fulfillment and distribution, and foster customer loyalty by meeting the changing needs of today’s consumer. To that end,
Kimcohas committed to establishing Curbside Pickup® infrastructure within 100% of its controlled parking areas by 2025.
Engage Tenants and Communities:
Kimcohas committed to contribute $1 millionannually in support of small businesses and other charitable causes in the communities in which it operates.
Lead in Operations and Resiliency: The company recognizes that immediate action is critical to reducing the effects of climate change. In alignment with the Paris Climate Agreement’s objective of limiting average global temperature increases to well below 2 degrees Celsius,
Kimcois committing to a 30% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions from 2018 to 2030, with the goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.
Foster an Engaged, Inclusive and Ethical Team:
Kimcohas made great strides to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture (DEI), and the company views diversity as an integral part of its ability to innovate, adapt and succeed. In addition to continuing to advance DEI in all areas of its business, the company is making a specific commitment to increase the proportion of diverse employees to 60% of management by 2030 through the establishment of programs to recruit, develop, and retain diverse talent and promote a culture of inclusion.
“We believe that business is one of the most powerful engines for change in society,” said
“The goals we have set forth are ambitious, but with the commitment and coordination of our entire team, we know they are achievable,” said
Kimco’s industry-leading ESG initiatives led to the company’s 2020 listing on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, where it is the only North American retail real estate owner listed. The DJSI World Index is comprised of corporate leaders in global sustainability, with companies listed on the Index representing the top 10 percent of the largest 2,500 companies in the S&P Global Broad Market Index based on long-term economic and ESG factors.
For more on the company’s ESG goals and initiatives, please visit the Corporate Responsibility section of Kimco’s website at www.kimcorealty.com/corporate-responsibility. Additionally, the company’s 2019 Corporate Responsibility Report provides a thorough account of Kimco’s quantitative and qualitative ESG performance. Going forward, these annual reports will discuss progress made towards the company’s stated ESG goals.
The company announces material information to its investors using the company’s investor relations website (investors.kimcorealty.com),
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