Real estate investor and manager Cromwell Property Group (ASX:CMW)(Cromwell) achieved an FY19 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) score of 86/100 , including a governance score of 92/100, for its Australian business, reflecting Cromwell’s commitment to environmental, sustainability and governance (ESG) best practice.
Cromwell also received a rating of AA (on a scale of AAA-CCC) in the 2019 MSCI ESG Ratings assessment, classifying it as an industry ‘Leader’.
GRESB also awarded the Cromwell Diversified Property Trust, which contains the Australian balance sheet properties, an ‘A ’ level Public Disclosure rating for the third consecutive year .
“Cromwell has been reporting on its ESG performance for more than ten years,” said Cromwell Chief Executive Officer, Paul Weightman.
“It is an area which is very important to us, our securityholders, investors and other stakeholders. Cromwell’s Board of Directors is absolutely committed to meeting good corporate governance and ESG expectations.”
“The Board is proactive with respect to best practice and actively reviews corporate governance developments to determine which corporate governance arrangements and best practices are best for all Cromwell’s securityholders, large and small,” he added.
“It is therefore very pleasing that our efforts have been independently recognised by both GRESB and MSCI,” he concluded.
Cromwell recently appointed two new independent non-executive directors, Ms Lisa Scenna and Ms Tanya Cox to its Board of Directors. All Cromwell’s non-executive directors are independent to ensure they will bring an independent judgement to bear on issues before the Board and are not aligned with the interests of management or a particular securityholder.
Launched in 2009, GRESB has grown to become the leading environmental, social and governance (ESG) benchmark for real estate and infrastructure investments covering US$4.5 trillion in real estate and infrastructure value and is used by over 100 institutional investors globally.
GRESB measures and ranks public disclosure practices of participating listed entities on an annual basis. Categories assessed include sustainability governance, sustainability implementation, operational performance and stakeholder engagement practices.
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