Nareit offers a comprehensive ESG program providing thought leadership, education, resources, and a platform to share best practices for sustainability and ESG implementation for the REIT and publicly traded real estate industry.

Representing real estate in 13 sectors—including offices, industrial, retail, lodging/resorts, residential, timberland, health care, self-storage, infrastructure, data centers, diversified, specialty, and mortgage—below are some of the resources and activities Nareit undertakes or provides on the industry’s behalf.

Leadership Councils

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
DDEI CEO Council Co-Chairs


Nareit’s Dividends Through Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DDEI) CEO Council leads the REIT industry’s efforts in advancing actionable and sustainable plans that support the recruitment, inclusion, development, and advancement of women, Black, and Hispanic professionals, other people of color, ethnically diverse individuals, and members of other under-represented groups in REITs and the publicly traded real estate industry. The DDEI CEO Council is made up of more than 30 REIT CEOs, who collectively represent every sector of the REIT industry.

Interested in learning more about the Dividends Through Diversity, Equity & Inclusion CEO Council? Contact Nareit Senior Vice President, Social Responsibility & Global Initiatives Ayris Scales at ascales@nareit.com.

Environmental Stewardship
Real Estate Sustainability Council Chair and Vice Chair

Nareit’s Real Estate Sustainability Council (RESC) consists of 86 Nareit corporate member sustainability thought leaders from 61 REITs—representing all REIT sectors—with a mission to help shape and lead the REIT industry on ESG and climate issues.

Interested in learning more about RESC? Contact Senior Vice President, Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Issues Fulya Kocak at fkocak@nareit.com.

Social Responsibility
Social Responsibility council co-chairs

Nareit’s Social Responsibility Council (SRC), established in November 2020, is a cross-disciplinary group with 71 members from 54 REITs. The SRC advises Nareit on how to enhance industry awareness and encourage corporate reporting and activities related to social responsibility.

Interested in learning more about the Social Responsibility Council? Contact Nareit Senior Vice President, Social Responsibility & Global Initiatives Ayris Scales at ascales@nareit.com.

Corporate Governance
Corporate Governance Council Chair and co-chair

Nareit’s Corporate Governance Council (GCG), consisting of 50 members from 47 REITs, builds and expands upon Nareit’s existing corporate governance programs to support Nareit’s corporate members, including strategic engagement with the SEC, Congress, and other market participants on a range of corporate governance issues of importance to REITs, including financial disclosure and proxy reform, among other things.

Interested in learning more about the Corporate Governance Council? Contact Nareit Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs & Deputy General Counsel Victoria Rostow at vrostow@nareit.com.

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Nareit's DEI Strategic Vision

Nareit develops metric-based programs and strategic partnerships for the commercial real estate industry to support the REIT industry’s efforts to advance its ESG objectives with a dedicated focus on people, partnerships, and philanthropy.

Awards

Nareit recognizes the achievements and contributions of its members and industry professionals through its annual awards. Nareit presents member companies with awards for sustainability efforts, DEI advancements, and communications with investors. Executives and industry professionals are recognized for their contributions to the industry.

Events

Nareit is convening conversations on critical ESG topics to promote knowledge sharing across the industry. The events – online and in person – bring together key stakeholders across the REIT and publicly traded real estate community to discuss the ESG topics most impacting real estate.