New York (Feb. 1, 2023) – Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) announced today that it achieved the WELL Health-Safety Rating across 100% of its portfolio for the third year in a row and committed to the International WELL Building Institute’s (IWBI) WELL at scale program and inaugural WELL Equity Rating. ESRT was the first commercial real estate portfolio in the Americas to achieve the WELL Health-Safety rating in 2020 – one of the industry’s most rigorous ratings for healthy buildings and organizations – and one of the first in the world to achieve its annual renewal.
“ESRT has focused on healthy buildings and indoor environmental quality for more than a decade. Our enrollment in WELL at scale and consistent renewal of the WELL Health-Safety Rating reaffirms our leadership and prioritization of healthy buildings and those who inhabit them,” said ESRT’s Chairman, President, and CEO Anthony E. Malkin. “We are pleased to further our strides for accountability in diversity, equity, and inclusion with this stringent third-party WELL Equity Rating as added value for our tenants and investors.”
“Empire State Realty Trust’s long-term and ongoing commitment to the health and safety of its employees, customers and the millions of visitors its iconic properties attract from all around the world is a tremendous example of leadership for people-first places,” said Rachel Hodgdon, president and CEO, IWBI. “We’re proud to support the team’s tremendous efforts and celebrate their achievements.”
ESRT’s commitment to WELL at scale demonstrates continued leadership and advancement in human health equity and well-being along with the value of assets. Through WELL at scale, ESRT will continue to engage in the WELL Health-Safety Rating, participate in the WELL Equity Rating, and receive WELL scores for each building across the portfolio.
The WELL Health-Safety Rating is an evidence-based, third-party verification for all new and existing buildings focused on operational policies, maintenance protocols, health and safety efforts, air and water quality assessment, and stakeholder engagement strategies to provide essential health benefits and services. This year, IWBI introduced its new WELL Equity Rating – a set of strategies to further diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility goals, as well as drive improvements in company culture and employee health. ESRT is among the first to enroll and will adapt the WELL Equity guidelines – which include enhanced community engagement, supportive programs, and inclusive design – to its established corporate DE&I strategy.
Through its annual Sustainability Report, ESRT continues to transparently report its ESG targets, practices, and progress. More information about ESRT’s environmental, social, and governance commitments can be found online.
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About Empire State Realty Trust
Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT) is a REIT that owns and manages office, retail and multifamily assets in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area. ESRT owns the Empire State Building, the World’s Most Famous Building, and Tripadvisor’s 2022 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards #1 attraction in the U.S. and #3 attraction in the world, the newly reimagined and iconic Empire State Building Observatory. The company is a leader in healthy buildings, energy efficiency, and indoor environmental quality and has the lowest greenhouse gas emissions per square foot of any publicly traded REIT portfolio in New York City. As of September 30, 2022, ESRT’s portfolio is comprised of approximately 9.2 million rentable square feet of office space, 700,000 rentable square feet of retail space and 625 residential units across two multifamily properties. More information about Empire State Realty Trust can be found at esrtreit.com and by following ESRT on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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