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Stakeholder Engagement

To achieve our commitments to Responsible Investment, Environmental Stewardship and Corporate Citizenship, we collaborate with key stakeholders affected by our business to understand their expectations and interests related to environmental and social issues. The following pages provide specific information on how we work with our CR-related stakeholders:

Investors and Analysts

Investors and Analysts

We respond to CDP's climate change questionnaire and the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) survey and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) Leader in the Light award application annually. We set clear goals and targets and expand our monitoring capabilities to ensure we are continuously improving our overall sustainability performance.

If interested, we offer investors and analysts the opportunity to take tours of our properties in locations near them and we also hold calls with key investors and analysts to answer questions about our CR program.

For more information, contact us at corporate.responsibility@hosthotels.com.

Hotel Managers

Hotel Managers

To support our hotel managers we provide investment capital, strategic direction, incentives and ongoing monitoring to enable the climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives at our hotels.

We review energy, water and waste opportunities, develop reduction plans and provide support and counsel to ensure maximized operational efficiency. We also support the brands efforts to incentive guests to help contribute to energy reductions.

For more information, contact us at corporate.responsibility@hosthotels.com.

Suppliers

Suppliers

We actively engage with our network of over 300 design, construction and renovation suppliers and develop strategic relationships that foster innovative and environmentally responsible business practices.

Through supply chain engagement, we identify and evaluate products and materials that are cost effective, align with brand standards and demonstrate sustainability. We do this by using recycled/repurposed materials, using low VOC paint, sourcing products that are locally manufactured and have third-party certifications (e.g., GREENGUARD, ENERGY STAR®, Carpet & Rug Institute Green Label) and when shipping, doing so via EPA SmartWay.

Each year, we hold strategic meetings with our project managers and designers, providing us the opportunity to communicate our commitment to corporate responsibility and engage them on topics around sustainable materials, sustainability certificates and awards and performance measurement and tracking of renovation projects.

Suppliers

We actively engage with our network of over 300 design, construction and renovation suppliers and develop strategic relationships that foster innovative and environmentally responsible business practices.

Through supply chain engagement, we identify and evaluate products and materials that are cost effective, align with brand standards and demonstrate sustainability. We do this by using recycled/repurposed materials, using low VOC paint, sourcing products that are locally manufactured and have third-party certifications (e.g., GREENGUARD, ENERGY STAR®, Carpet & Rug Institute Green Label) and when shipping, doing so via EPA SmartWay.

Each year, we hold strategic meetings with our project managers and designers, providing us the opportunity to communicate our commitment to corporate responsibility and engage them on topics around sustainable materials, sustainability certificates and awards and performance measurement and tracking of renovation projects.

 

Suppliers

We actively engage with our network of over 300 design, construction and renovation suppliers and develop strategic relationships that foster innovative and environmentally responsible business practices.

Through supply chain engagement, we identify and evaluate products and materials that are cost effective, align with brand standards and demonstrate sustainability. We do this by using recycled/repurposed materials, using low VOC paint, sourcing products that are locally manufactured and have third-party certifications (e.g., GREENGUARD, ENERGY STAR®, Carpet & Rug Institute Green Label) and when shipping, doing so via EPA SmartWay.

Each year, we hold strategic meetings with our project managers and designers, providing us the opportunity to communicate our commitment to corporate responsibility and engage them on topics around sustainable materials, sustainability certificates and awards and performance measurement and tracking of renovation projects.

 

88%

FF&E Spend

of our furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) spend was represented by strategic suppliers.

580 tons

Diverted Waste

of waste were diverted from landfills including construction debris, mattresses, carpets, wall coverings, and other liquidated items.

44%

Sustainable Products

of total project value was spent on products that contain sustainability attributes.

For more information, contact us at corporate.responsibility@hosthotels.com.

Industry Associations

Industry Associations

We are an active member of the real estate sustainability community and member of the following organizations:

 • American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA)

• Cornell University Center for Hospitality Research

• Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR

• Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP)

• Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG)

• Meeting Planners International (MPI)

• National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts® (NAREIT)

• Real Estate Roundtable® (RER)

• U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

• U.S. Travel Association (USTA)

 

 

INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP

• We are an active participant of the Real Estate Roundtable®
• The Senior Vice President of Development, Design and Construction serves on AH&LA’s Sustainability Committee and Cornell University
Center for Hospitality Research Advisory Board
• Delegates are sent each year to participate in the Cornell Sustainability Roundtable

Employees

Employees

We recognize our corporate responsibility commitments can only be achieved through the day-to-day work and support of our employees. Contributing to our vision and furthering engagement with our corporate responsibility strategy, we educate and engage a cross-functional team of more than 20 employees representing nearly every department across the company to support our annual sustainability reporting initiatives. Our employees also participate in a wide variety of corporate sustainability initiatives, including:

  • Single-stream recycling
  • Collaborative county-wide document shredding
  • Compostable eco-products
  • Fair Trade Coffee
  • Water filtration systems to replace bottled water
  • Reusable shipping boxes and packaging material
  • Sustainable/Environmental Preferable Purchasing for office supplies
  • Double-sided printing
  • Ink toner cartridge recycling
  • Forest Stewardship Council-certified printer and copier paper
  • Motion-sensor controls
  • Low VOC paint

Additionally, through our employee-driven corporate giving program, our employees are empowered to make a positive difference in the communities where they live and work and where our hotels are located and actively engage in community service activities.

  • Company clean-up days and electronics recycling events
  • Earth Day activities
  • Annual Bike to Work Day

Learn how our employees are involved in the community on our Community Organizations page.

 

Meet the green team

Formed in 2008, our Green Team is a group of passionate, environmentally responsible employee volunteers who:

  • Champion sustainability in all areas of the company.
  • Promote environmentally responsible practices.
  • Research and identify green opportunities, programs and best practices for corporate offices.
  • Recommend sustainability initiatives to corporate office employees and senior executive team.
  • Partner with our building management company, fellow tenants and employees to educate implement and encourage sustainability programs.
  • Educate and provide resources to employees on green practices.

LEED®

In 2015, a new Host office opened in Miami, Florida and it is located in the only office building designated as LEED® Platinum in Miami.

If you have questions, comments or green ideas, contact the Green Team at greenteam@hosthotels.com.

For more information, contact us at corporate.responsibility@hosthotels.com.

Community

Community Organizations

Consistent with our EPIC values and commitment to corporate citizenship, we’re dedicated to making a positive difference within our community through our corporate giving program.

Each year, we support charities and philanthropic organizations through strategic and industry relationships, sponsorships, financial contributions, emergency relief and volunteerism—with a focus on organizations that promote public awareness and advance research, education, leadership development initiatives and organizations that improve the health and lives of underprivileged men, women and children.

Highlights

Our EPIC Service team of employee volunteers helps select, organize and lead service activities and events for the company. We work to support the causes our employees care about most through our Denim Day, matching gift programs and company-sponsored walk. Our Walk Committee, also comprised of employee volunteers, leads our fundraising events and walk-related activities. They helped to raise over $114k last year for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®.

Giving Requests

We support organizations that promote increased public awareness and participation, develop leadership skills and cooperate rather than compete with similar organizations. Special attention is given to activities with broad-based human impact that are not heavily supported by government funds.

 

Application Process

If you wish to receive support from us financially or through a volunteer initiative, please send a request to corporate.responsibility@hosthotels.com.

2015 COMMUNITY PROJECTS

In 2015, we supported over 160 charities and philanthropic organizations, including Alliance for Chesapeake Bay, ALS Association, Alzheimer’s Association, American Red Cross, ASPCA, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, Fisher House Foundation, Interfaith Works, Junior Achievement, KEEN Greater DC, Most Valuable Kids, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Wounded Warrior Project and more.

For more information, contact us at corporate.responsibility@hosthotels.com.