Bentall Kennedy Ranked Top 3 in the World for Sustainability

We are delighted to share that, for the 7th straight year, Bentall Kennedy has been recognized by the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) as one of the top firms in the world for our commitment to sustainable property management and to investing sustainably. This has been a banner year for Bentall Kennedy as we continue to rack up major recognition for our approach to environmental and social governance. The 2017 GRESB results, which measured us against 850 entities covering 77,000 assets with an aggregate value of US$ 3.7 trillion, placed Bentall Kennedy at the top of a number of categories, including:

  • Bentall Kennedy ranked as one of the top 3 diversified firms in the world, in the top 2 in North America and #1 in Canada
  • MEPT/Edgemoor, our U.S. core open end fund, ranked #1 in the world or diversified residential/office peer group

This accomplishment is a testament to the daily drive of our employees and the people we work with and serve – our clients, partners and tenants. The 2017 GRESB rankings involved in-depth evaluation of our leading sustainability performance in 2016, including the following highlights:

  • 77% of our portfolio achieved green building certification (based on our asset value) 
  • $22.9 million in total utility costs avoided across our North American portfolio since 2012
  • 4.2% average reduction in energy use, avoiding 9,377 tons of green house gas emissions, and saving $9.5 million in energy costs for properties participating in our Target Setting Program

In another proud moment for our company, the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investing (UNPRI) graded Bentall Kennedy among the top institutional investors in the world. The UNPRI reviews approximately 1,750 signatories from over 50 countries, and Bentall Kennedy received the following grades:

  • A+ - Strategy & Governance: for overall approach to responsible investment policy and collaboration on responsible investment
  • A - Property: for responsible investment implementation during fundraising and throughout the investment process

These important global recognitions positively impact all aspects of our business and allow us to uphold our strong reputation in the marketplace. Achieving these world class rankings would not be possible without the tireless efforts of all Bentall Kennedy employees who make sustainability a part of their daily work lives. Thank you for all that you do to keep Bentall Kennedy on top, and let's keep the momentum going!