AvalonBay Communities’ Mark Delisi Advises REITs to Focus on ESG Programming, Then Reporting

AvalonBay Communities’ Mark Delisi Advises REITs to Focus on ESG Programming, Then Reporting
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Feb. 8 2021

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Mark Delisi of AvalonBay Communities participated in a video interview in conjunction with Nareit’s ESG JumpStart Workshop: 2021 Webinar Series.

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Mark Delisi, vice president, corporate responsibility at AvalonBay Communities, Inc. (NYSE: AVB), participated in a video interview in conjunction with Nareit’s ESG JumpStart Workshop: 2021 Webinar Series.

Delisi discussed:

  • Frameworks and third-party aggregators for REITs beginning to report on ESG performance
  • How third-party aggregators typically use REIT industry ESG metrics
  • Advice for REITs considering issuing a stand-alone sustainability report for the first time this year

Delisi advises REITs to focus on their ESG programming before venturing to produce a stand-alone sustainability report. “The way you do that is understanding your stakeholders, understanding the critical issues that face you as a company—the risks and opportunities associated with ESG,” he added.

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