Our goal is to deliver prosperity for all our stakeholders – including our investors, colleagues, retail partners and the communities we serve. This, of course, should never come at the cost of conducting ourselves in a manner that isn’t environmentally and socially responsible, accountable and ethical in every aspect of our business. We wouldn't have it any other way, because it's been how we've done it since day one.
Here are just a few examples:
- We consider it our mandate to invest in an environmentally prudent manner and conduct environmental site assessments on each property we acquire;
- We have a proven track record of cleaning-up and redeveloping contaminated brownfield sites;
- We develop safe, practical and long-term sustainable projects;
- We build to latest industry standards and processes;
- We create pedestrian and bicycle-friendly shopping destinations;
- With internalized property management, we continue post-development to look for ways to improve efficiency at our sites, including through energy conservation measures.
Social Responsibility and Community Investment
- We know our success is driven by our people and we strive to provide a safe, happy and healthy working environment for all of our colleagues;
- Just as we conduct ourselves in our affairs, we require all external contractors to comply with occupational, health and safety laws and regulations on-site;
- For our tenants and the communities we serve, we are committed to offering safe places to shop by providing safe pedestrian/vehicle access, secure and well-lit common areas, lighting in parking lots and clean environments on our sites;
- We are dedicated to supporting fundraising for community-based charities and organizations.
Governance and Ethical Business Conduct
- Our board of trustees, a majority of whom are independent, believes sound governance practices to be essential to our success and the board is committed to fostering an environment of good governance;
- We have a written code of business conduct and ethics which governs how we conduct ourselves in all our affairs;
- We are committed to maintaining the highest standard of legal and ethical conduct.