ESG
Approach

Our integrated approach to ESG principles animates our actions, decisions and processes and drives success for shareholders, partners and employees. Our commitment is reflected in our methodical approach to reducing our environmental footprint, strong corporate governance, ethical business practices and policies and engagement with our employees and our local communities, which provides a foundation for Ventas to deliver long-term, sustainable value creation.

ENVIRONMENTAL

  • Understanding our environmental footprint
  • Reducing our environmental impact
  • Ensuring our portfolio is resilient against climate-related risks

SOCIAL

Our People

  • A differentiated and resilient team with an unwavering commitment to integrity, high performance, adaptability and collaboration

Our Communities

  • Active participation in our extended communities through volunteerism, sponsorship and philanthropy

GOVERNANCE

  • Our robust practices and policies promote fairness and alignment, accountability of management and the Board of Directors, transparency, sound risk management and delivery of consistent and superior total returns to stockholders

ESG GOVERNANCE

GRI: 102-18, 102-19, 102-20, 102-27, 102-29, 102-31, 102-32

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ESG STEERING COMMITTEE
ESG REPORTING GROUP EMPLOYEE CHARITABLE FUND COMMITTEE
LEGAL HR
MARKETING & CORPORATE COMM IT
INVESTOR RELATIONS FINANCE

Led by our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Debra A. Cafaro, and overseen by our Director of Sustainability, Kelly M. Meissner, our commitment to best-in-class ESG practices and values are integrated into all aspects of our company.

Our Code of Business Conduct, Human Rights Policy, and Supplier Code of Conduct state our social, environmental and ethical commitments across our business, including our supply chain.

ESG Steering Committee

  • Provides oversight and monitoring of ESG strategy
  • Chaired by our Chairman and CEO and convened by our Director of Sustainability, with cross-functional representation from asset management, finance and marketing & corporate communications
  • Meets quarterly and ad hoc as needed
  • Communicates regularly with ESG Reporting Working Group, Legal, HR, acquisitions, asset and risk management
  • Provides quarterly updates to Board of Directors and executive leadership team

ESG Reporting Group

  • A cross-functional committee chaired by a member of the Ventas leadership team to administer the Employee Charitable Fund process
  • Meets biannually
  • Evaluates employee requests and approves grants to organizations directly nominated by employees.

Employee Charitable Fund Committee

  • Interdisciplinary group chaired by Director of Sustainability including representatives from HR, legal, construction & development, asset management, operations, procurement, risk management, corporate development, finance and accounting.
  • Meets on an ad hoc basis
  • Gathers data and provides responses to ESG reports and surveys

ESG prioritization assessment results graph

Materiality

GRI: 102-21 | 102-29 | 102-40 | 102-42 | 102-44 | 102-46 | 102-47

In accordance with GRI guidelines, the most widely used sustainability framework, Ventas completed an in depth ESG prioritization assessment in 2019. Also known as a materiality assessment, this evidence-based, objective process identifies the ESG topics that matter most to Ventas according to internal and external stakeholders. The results of this process are plotted on a Materiality Matrix. Eight topics were identified as the most important, and we are prioritizing efforts toward those.

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People, Performance, and Planet

ESG PRIORITIES

Ventas has organized our ESG strategy and priorities around three key pillars: People, Performance, Planet. This structure fortifies our robust ESG focus, enhances our conversations and reporting on key issues and motivates our daily efforts.

Best Practice Standards, Accountability and Reporting

GRI: 102-12 | 102-13 | CRE8

Ventas is committed to continuous improvement and transparency in our ESG efforts. To inform our sustainability programs, improve our performance, and provide access to information that stakeholders need to make informed decisions, Ventas voluntarily supports and/or participates in a number of ESG-based reporting initiatives:

  • Global Reporting Initiative (GRI): a generally accepted framework for reporting on an organization’s economic, environmental and social performance
  • CDP (formerly called the Carbon Disclosure Project): a non-profit that runs the global disclosure system for organizations to manage environmental matters such as greenhouse gas emissions, water use and climate change strategies
  • GRESB (formerly Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark): an industry benchmark for real estate and infrastructure investments across the world
  • SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment: an annual evaluation of companies’ sustainability practices that focuses on criteria that are both industry-specific and financially material
  • United Nations Global Compact: a voluntary initiative based on CEO commitments to implement universal sustainability principles and to take steps to support UN Goals.
  • United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles: Informed by international labor and human rights standards, these principles provide guidance on how to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community.
  • U.S. Green Building Council (LEED®): LEED is the leading program for green buildings and communities worldwide
  • ENERGY STAR®: the U.S. government backed program for energy efficiency.

Stakeholder Engagement

GRI: 102-2 | 102-40 | 102-43 | 102-44

Our approach to stakeholder engagement focuses on proactively seeking and fostering strong and impactful relationships to achieve mutually-beneficial outcomes. Our leaders, employees and all our stakeholders maintain a shared commitment to our integral approach to sustainability. We actively engage in a variety of local, national and international industry associations with missions that align with our corporate values and strategies.

Stakeholder Information

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  1. Stakeholder group included in ESG Prioritization Assessment.
  2. Everyday Outperformance is our performance management approach that incorporates ongoing performance feedback and evaluation.
  3. Lillibridge has an awards program for field employees at the property level that recognizes both individual performance (the Excellence Award) and team performance (the EPIC award).
Stakeholder Group1 Engagement Approach and Frequency Key Topics Identified During ESG Prioritization Assessment
EMPLOYEES (Ongoing)
  • Ventas Connect intranet platform
  • Everyday Outperformance2
(Periodically)
  • Quarterly Company updates
  • Town Hall meetings
  • Fireside chats
  • Lunch and learns
  • Guest speakers
  • Online training program
  • Field personnel awards program for individual and team performance3
  • Employee engagement survey
  • Employee networks (Women’s Network, Diversity Network, Young Professionals Network)
  • Ethics & Integrity
  • Company Performance, News & Reputation
  • Talent Attraction & Retention
  • Tenant, Resident & Operator Satisfaction
  • Responsible Investment
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Environmental Efforts: Climate Change, Energy & Emissions, Water, Waste
  • Procurement Practices/Supply Chain
  • Community Impact & Engagement
  • Succession Planning
  • Policy Influence
  • Data Security
  • Marketing Practices
OPERATING PARTNERS (Ongoing)
  • Direct interactions (meetings, phone, email)
(Periodically)
  • Website
  • Property Operating Performance
  • New Business Development
  • Tenant, Resident & Operator Satisfaction
  • Responsible Investment
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Environmental Efforts: Climate Change, Energy & Emissions, Water, Waste
  • Policy Influence
  • Labor/Management Relations
  • Community Impact & Engagement
TENANTS (Ongoing)
  • Online portal for MOB (Lillibridge) Tenants
(Periodically)
  • Direct mailings (email/print)
  • Annual tenant satisfaction surveys
  • Tenant appreciation events
  • Property level events (luncheons, ice cream socials)
  • Environmental Health & Safety
  • Community Investment
  • Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness
  • Facility Availability
  • Maintenance Schedule
INVESTORS & ANALYSTS (Periodically)
  • Quarterly earnings calls
  • Annual & quarterly financial disclosures
  • Key industry conferences and events
  • Annual Stockholder meeting
  • Direct interactions (meetings, phone, email)
  • Non-deal roadshows (NDR)
  • Periodic Investor Days4
  • Engagement with various ESG ratings and rankings surveys (GRESB, RobecoSAM CSA, ISS, MSCI, Sustainalytics, etc.)
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Environmental Efforts: Climate Change, Energy & Emissions, Water, Waste
  • Talent Attraction & Retention
  • Labor/Management Relations
  • Executive Compensation
  • Responsible Investment
  • Succession Planning
  • Tenant, Resident & Operator Satisfaction
  • Policy Influence
  • Strategic Direction
  • Company Performance, News & Reputation
  • Risk Management
COMMUNITIES (Ongoing)
  • Corporate philanthropy (marquee partnerships, employee-initiated giving)
  • Community engagement (community service events, employee volunteerism, participation in associations)
  • Talent Attraction & Retention
  • Environmental Efforts: Climate Change, Energy & Emissions, Water, Waste
  • Labor/Management Relations
  • Community Impact & Engagement
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  1. Stakeholder group included in ESG Prioritization Assessment.
  2. Everyday Outperformance is our performance management approach that incorporates ongoing performance feedback and evaluation.
  3. Lillibridge has an awards program for field employees at the property level that recognizes both individual performance (the Excellence Award) and team performance (the EPIC award).

Organization Ventas Role
American Senior Housing Association (ASHA)
  • Executive board member
  • Employee participation in Rising Leaders program
  • Voluntary contributions from employees
Argentum
  • Board member
Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International
  • Sponsor of annual BOMA Healthcare Conference
Global Institute on Innovation Districts
  • Founding partner (announced 2019)
  • Steering committee member
Healthcare Institute (HCI)

HCI is an International Facility
Management Association (IFMA)
Alliance Partner
  • Corporate sponsor Chicago chapter
  • Board member
Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)
  • Member of the Sustainability Advisory Board
  • Employee members
National Association of
Real Estate Investment
Trusts (Nareit)
  • Participation in and leader of discussions at events
  • Member of Real Estate Sustainability Council (RESC)
  • Member of Dividends Through Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DDI) Initiative Action Team
  • Voluntary contributions from employees
  • Corporate donations
National Investment Center for Senior Housing (NIC)
  • Board Member
  • Premier Partner
  • Current and Alumni Members of the Future Leader’s Council
Real Estate Roundtable
  • Chair (beginning in 2018)
  • Member of policy committees on Sustainability, Tax, and Real Estate Capital
  • Member of Homeland Security Task Force
  • Member of Research Committee
Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • Employee members
  • Member of Senior Housing Council
  • Member of Health Care and Life Sciences Council
  • Member of University Development & Innovation Council (UDIC)
  • Executive board member of Chicago Women’s Leadership Initiative
U.S. Green Building Council
  • Organizational member since 2013
  • Employee members, including LEED-accredited employees