JERICHO, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kimco Realty® (NYSE: KIM), North America’s largest publicly traded owner and operator of open-air, grocery-anchored shopping centers, and a growing portfolio of mixed-use assets, proudly announces it received the top score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index (“CEI”). The CEI is the nations’ foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality. Kimco’s efforts in satisfying the CEI’s criteria earned a score of 100 and the designation as a recipient of the Equality 100 Award: Leader in LGBTQ+ Workplace Inclusion.
“We are, once again, thrilled to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. This designation speaks volumes about our highly inclusive culture, demonstrated through our ever-evolving workplace policies and programs designed to ensure our associates feel valued and are empowered to bring their authentic selves to work. At Kimco, we are committed to promoting diversity, equality and inclusivity in our workplace, our industry and the communities in which we operate – a commitment that naturally encompasses supporting LGBTQ+ equality.” said Kimco CEO Conor Flynn.
Kimco’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (“DEI”) governance framework fosters employee engagement and input via our volunteer, employee-driven, DEI Council. This council helps to establish priorities and guide strategy to achieve the company’s DEI objectives, addressing topics including recruiting, retention, vendor/supply chain diversity, community engagement, and inclusive employee engagement. Under the auspices of the DEI Council, Kimco redefined “family” such that all employee benefits and programs are inclusive of LGBTQ+. In 2023, Kimco launched several employee resource groups, which are voluntary employee-organized communities designed to cultivate connection among employees with shared interests, characteristics, or backgrounds, including a group focused specifically on LGBTQ+ topics.
Kimco was also named as one of the 2023 Best Places to Work in Real Estate by Great Place to Work®, in addition to receiving the Great Place to Work recognition for the sixth consecutive year.
“For well over two decades, businesses have played an important role in furthering LGBTQ+ equality by centering employee needs and voices when it comes to workplace inclusion. While there is much more work to be done, year-over-year growth in CEI participation is evidence of a business community that recognizes the responsibility and value in upholding equity and inclusion,” said RaShawn “Shawnie” Hawkins, Human Rights Campaign Senior Director of Workplace Equality.
The results of the 2023-2024 CEI showcase how U.S.-based companies are promoting LGBTQ+ friendly workplace policies. The CEI rates companies on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars:
- Non-discrimination policies across business entities;
- Equitable benefits for LGBTQ+ workers and their families;
- Supporting an inclusive culture; and,
- Corporate social responsibility.
The full report on the initiatives for which Kimco was recognized is available at https://www.hrc.org/cei. More information about Kimco’s inclusive culture and benefits are available at https://www.kimcorealty.com/careers.
About Kimco Realty®
Kimco Realty® (NYSE:KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in Jericho, N.Y. that is North America’s largest publicly traded owner and operator of open-air, grocery-anchored shopping centers and a growing portfolio of mixed-use assets. The company’s portfolio is primarily concentrated in the first-ring suburbs of the top major metropolitan markets, including those in high-barrier-to-entry coastal markets and rapidly expanding Sun Belt cities, with a tenant mix focused on essential, necessity-based goods and services that drive multiple shopping trips per week. Kimco Realty is also committed to leadership in environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and is a recognized industry leader in these areas. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center ownership, management, acquisitions, and value enhancing redevelopment activities for more than 60 years. As of September 30, 2023, the company owned interests in 527 U.S. shopping centers and mixed-use assets comprising 90 million square feet of gross leasable space. For further information, please visit www.kimcorealty.com.
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