ROYAL OAK, Mich., Oct. 18, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Agree Realty Corporation (NYSE: ADC) (the "Company") today announced that MSCI, one of the world's largest providers of indices for tracking companies according to environmental, social and governance ("ESG") criteria, upgraded ADC's MSCI ESG Rating from B to BBB. The upgrade of ADC's ESG Rating is driven by improvements in the Company's governance and business ethics practices and disclosures.
The upgrade follows the recent improvement in the Company's GRESB Public Disclosure Score from D to B, as well as the receipt of Gold Level recognition from Green Lease Leaders earlier this year.
"I'm very pleased that MSCI has upgraded our ESG Rating," said Peter Coughenour, Chief Financial Officer. "This upgrade, along with the recent improvement in our GRESB Public Disclosure Score and Gold Level recognition from Green Lease Leaders, is a testament to the significant progress that we have made on our ESG objectives. I would like to thank the ESG Steering Committee and our team for their continued efforts to advance our ESG initiatives. We believe these efforts will create long-term value for all our stakeholders."
About Agree Realty Corporation
Agree Realty Corporation is a publicly traded real estate investment trust that is RETHINKING RETAIL through the acquisition and development of properties net leased to industry-leading, omni-channel retail tenants. As of June 30, 2023, the Company owned and operated a portfolio of 2,004 properties, located in 49 states and containing approximately 41.7 million square feet of gross leasable area. The Company's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "ADC". For additional information on the Company and RETHINKING RETAIL, please visit www.agreerealty.com.
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