Environmental Awards & Recognition

In recognition of our environmental efforts, the Principal Financial Group and our Principal Real Estate Investors division have earned the following awards or recognition. 

  • 2014 — The Principal named a Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) S&P 500 Climate Performance Leader.
    • This is the second year in a row The Principal has earned a spot on the CDP S&P 500 Climate Performance Leadership Index.
    • The Principal increased its 2013 CDP score from a 95 / A to a 99 / A and was one of only 34 companies named to the Climate Performance Leadership Index in 2014.

  • 2014 — The Principal named a Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) S&P 500 Climate Disclosure Leader.
    • This is the first year The Principal earned a spot on the CDP S&P 500 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index. The Climate Disclosure Leadership Index is the numerical part of the CDP score and is based on the completeness and quality of data reported to CDP.
    • A total of 63 S&P 500 companies earned a spot on the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index in 2014. This index and the Performance Leadership Index highlight companies committed to improving their impact on the environment.

  • 2014 — The Principal ranked 149/500 on the Newsweek Green Ranking.
    • The Newsweek Green Ranking was created in 2009 to rank the 500 largest U.S. companies on corporate sustainability and environmental impact.
    • The Green Rankings have become a key component of Newsweek’s business coverage to address climate change, seeking to assess, with as accurate measurements as possible, the environmental performance of the world’s biggest companies.

  • 2014 — Principal Real Estate Investors recognized as an Executive Member of EPA’s Certification Nation
    • This program was established to help the EPA celebrate their 15th anniversary and recognize organizations that achieved a significant number of properties certified to the ENERGY STAR standard in 2014.

  • 2014 — Principal Real Estate Investors cited as being among the Greenest Real Estate Companies in the United States by Commercial Property Executive.
    • For the fourth year in a row, the real estate publication’s annual ranking puts Principal Real Estate Investors in a class of companies forging the path for a sustainable future.

  • 2014 — Principal Real Estate Investors received the Green Star designation for three of its funds from the 2014 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) survey.
    • GRESB is an international organization dedicated to assessing the sustainability performances of real estate portfolios around the world. Green Star is the highest rank GRESB provides.

  • 2013 — Principal Real Estate Investors received a top ranking from the 2013 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) survey.
    • The Principal Green Property Fund ranked No. 1 among its respective peer group based on the environmental and social performance of the fund's property portfolio.

  • 2013 — Pat Halter, CEO of Principal Real Estate Investors, received an honorable mention for Sustainability Executive of the Year by Commercial Property Executive magazine.
    • The award is based on “creativity and unique contributions to the commercial real estate industry in the past year, as well as transactions, strategies and initiatives at the company and property level.”

  • 2013 — The Principal named a Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) S&P 500 Climate Performance Leader.
    • The Principal Financial Group was named to the CDP S&P 500 Climate Performance Leadership Index with a 2013 CDP score of 95 / A. This performance-based index recognizes achievements associated with measuring, verifying and managing our carbon footprint.

  • 2011 — Winner of Environmental Impact Awards/large business category — Greater Des Moines Partnership award.
    • The Principal was recognized for its major sustainability efforts including energy efficiency programs, waste prevention and recycling measures.
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