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Pricing ESG equity ratings and underlying data in listed real estate securities

Brounen, D., Marcato, G. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6266-4676 and Op 't Veld, H. (2021) Pricing ESG equity ratings and underlying data in listed real estate securities. Sustainability, 13 (4). ISSN 2071-1050

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To link to this item DOI: 10.3390/su13042037

Abstract/Summary

By analyzing the adoption of EPRA’s Sustainability Best Practices Recommendations (sBPR), we examine and discuss the application of transparent Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) ratings and their interaction with public real estate performance across European markets. Due to increasing concerns about the environment and the impact of investment on society at large, public property companies have made significant progress on improving transparency and enhancing the protection of shareholder value by sharing and reporting ESG best practices. We explore and review the EPRA sBPR database, which is highly useful for investors who are already screening listed real estate companies. Hence, in this project, we carefully study the diffusion process of this new ESG metric as a tool to enhance informational transparency regarding public real estate investment management and assess the effects of this transparency and ESG performance for the real estate stock returns. We find evidence of a sustainability premium that investors are willing to pay to access companies with better sustainable ratings.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Henley Business School > Real Estate and Planning
Henley Business School > ICMA Centre
ID Code:95685
Publisher:MPDI

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