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Dream Industrial REIT (TSX: DIR.UN) ("Dream Industrial", or the "Trust") today announced its Green Financing Framework ("the Framework") in support of its commitment to impact, sustainability, and environmental, social and governance ("ESG") initiatives.
"The Green Financing Framework represents a key step in Dream Industrial’s commitment to making strategic investments in sustainable projects and creating long term value for our unitholders," said Brian Pauls, Chief Executive Officer of Dream Industrial REIT. "The Framework demonstrates our focus on green initiatives that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and attracts capital for impact investing while providing transparency on our progress to various stakeholders."
Under the Framework, Dream Industrial, or any of its subsidiaries may issue green bonds, green loans or other financial instruments to finance or re-finance eligible green projects, as defined in the Framework. The Trust’s Framework has been reviewed by DNV, a global leader in pioneering green, social, and sustainable frameworks. DNV issued a second party opinion confirming that the Framework aligns with the International Capital Markets Association Green Bond Principles 2018 and the Loan Market Association Green Loan Principles 2021. TD Securities and Scotiabank acted as Green Structuring Advisors for the Framework. Sustainability is ingrained in Dream Industrial’s business and it is focused on internal and external initiatives that are aligned with the UN SDGs to benefit all stakeholders.
In order to allow its various stakeholders to assess the Trust’s progress on its green financing program, the Trust will provide annual updates on its website and in its Annual Corporate Sustainability Report until the net proceeds of any green financing are fully allocated to eligible green projects. Copies of Dream Industrial’s Framework, Corporate Sustainability Report, and DNV’s second party opinion are available on Dream Industrial’s website at www.dream.ca/investors/industrial.
About Dream Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust
Dream Industrial REIT is an unincorporated, open-ended real estate investment trust. As at March 31, 2021, the Trust owns and operates a portfolio of 186 assets (280 industrial buildings) comprising approximately 28.8 million square feet of gross leasable area in key markets across North America and a growing presence in strong European industrial markets. The Trust’s objective is to continue to grow and upgrade the quality of its portfolio and to provide attractive overall returns to its unitholders. For more information, please visit www.dreamindustrialreit.ca.
Forward Looking Information
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