Kilroy Realty Named Top 10 Real Estate Companies on Newsweek’s ‘Most Responsible’ Companies List for 2022
The latest recognition is one of many relating to sustainability and responsibility
LOS ANGELES, January 18, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kilroy Realty Company (NYSE: KRC, “Kilroy”) was named one of the top 10 real estate companies on Newsweek’s 2022 “America’s Most Responsible Companies” list. The company is one of 499 named to the global list covering the largest public companies in the United States in various sectors such as healthcare, financial services, automotive production, retail and real estate, among others. .
According to the list, Newsweek wanted to “promote companies that take their environmental and social responsibilities as citizens of the country and the world more seriously than others.” Newsweek has partnered with global research and data firm Statista to analyze a variety of metrics, including publicly available performance data across environmental, social and corporate governance categories, combined with results from survey of 11,000 US citizens on their perceptions of companies related to corporate social responsibility. All items were weighted to produce a final score.
“We are honored to be recognized among a select group of peers for our commitment to sustainability, corporate responsibility and acting as good stewards of our environment and our communities,” said John Kilroy, President of the board and CEO of Kilroy. “Being named to this prestigious list alongside some of the most respected names in business is a great way to start the new year,” he added.
In 2021, the company strengthened its position as a sustainability leader among the world’s most accredited organizations and ranking systems, named to the GRESB 2021 Real Estate Assessment, the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI) and the National Top of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 100 List of biggest users of green energy. These accolades and rankings highlight Kilroy’s extraordinary leadership in industry-leading sustainability initiatives, policies and performance.
About Kilroy Realty Corporation
Kilroy Realty Corporation (NYSE: KRC, the “Company”, “Kilroy”) is a major United States landlord and developer, with operations in San Diego, Greater Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Pacific Northwest and Austin, Texas. The company has gained global recognition for sustainability, building operations, innovation and design. As pioneers and innovators in creating a more sustainable real estate industry, the company’s approach to modern business environments helps fuel the creativity and productivity of some of the world’s leading technology, entertainment, life sciences and business services.
The company is a publicly traded real estate investment trust (“REIT”) and member of the S&P MidCap 400 Index with more than seven decades of experience developing, acquiring and managing office, science and of life and mixed use.
As of September 30, 2021, Kilroy’s stabilized portfolio totaled approximately 15.2 million square feet of office and life sciences space, 91.5% occupied and 93.9% leased. The company also owned more than 1,000 residential units in Hollywood and San Diego, which had an average quarterly occupancy rate of 79.9%. Additionally, the company had six development projects underway with an estimated total investment of $2.6 billion, totaling approximately 3.0 million square feet of office and life sciences space.
A leader in sustainability and commitment to corporate social responsibility
The company is listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and has been recognized by industry organizations around the world. The company’s stabilized portfolio was 78% LEED certified, 44% Fitwel certified, the highest of any non-governmental organization, and 72% of eligible properties were ENERGY STAR certified as of September 30, 2021.
The company has been recognized by GRESB as the listed sustainability leader in the Americas for eight of the past nine years. Other honors include the Leader in the Light award from the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trust (NAREIT) for eight consecutive years and ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for eight years, as well as the highest ENERGY STAR honor for enduring excellence over the past six years. .
A big part of the company’s foundation is its commitment to improving employee growth, satisfaction and well-being while maintaining a diverse and thriving culture. For the second year in a row, the company has been named to Bloomberg’s Gender Equality Index, which recognizes companies committed to supporting gender equality through policy development, representation and transparency.
More information is available at http://www.kilroyrealty.com.
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