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Strategy and Themes


Value Creation Through Responsible Investment

As the premier lodging REIT and sustainability leader, we are committed to creating long-term value through investing responsibly in our business, environment, people and community. Our Corporate Responsibility program is centered around the concept of responsible investment—an overarching strategy that guides our focus and actions across our three main themes of Environmental Stewardship, Social Responsibility and Governance.

We believe that a disciplined and proactive approach to addressing critical ESG topics enables us to create long-term value for our stockholders, optimize our investment portfolio, maximize our human capital and maintain our position as a sustainability leader in the lodging REIT sector. Our management approach is driven by people, culture, policies, targets and performance monitoring to maximize the value from our investments of time, talent and financial resources. This approach directly supports Host’s business strategy and goals.

Environmental Stewardship

Environmental Stewardship

We are investing in solutions that conserve and restore natural capital to assist Host in mitigating climate change, biodiversity impacts and achieving best-in-class returns.

Highlights

  • 8 LEED® certified properties, including two LEED Gold hotels
  • ISO 14001-certified Environmental Management System (EMS) for entire consolidated portfolio
  • Issued first green bond in the lodging industry—achieving the lowest effective bond pricing in Host’s history
  • New emissions reduction target approved by Science Based Targets initiative at the 1.5-degree Celsius level of ambition
  • Internal price of carbon set at $100 per ton to reflect social costs of carbon and inform low carbon investments
  • 100% of properties equipped with energy and water efficient technologies (including LED lighting and low flow fixtures)

Social Responsibility

Social Responsibility

We are committed to advancing health, well-being and opportunity for all Host stakeholders, including investors, employees, partners and communities.

Highlights

  • New corporate headquarters designed for LEED Gold certification and to meet Fitwel® standards, a leading certification system committed to building health
  • New holistic employee wellness program and personalized portal to track and improve physical, mental and financial health and well-being
  • First lodging REIT to sign on to American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) 5-Star Promise to advance worker safety and human rights
  • $500,000, five-year pledge to support the AHLA Foundation’s youth education and training initiative
  • 200+ charities supported in 2019, including 160 employee-selected community investments 
  • 13 company-sponsored community service events and 600+ volunteer hours in 2019
  • Joined CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion initiative 
  • 10+ year average tenure for our employees

Governance

Governance

Our responsible investment strategies are guided by executive and board-level oversight, our EPIC values and ethical standards, and a disciplined approach to risk management and sustainable value creation.

Highlights

  • Highest level of responsibility for ESG matters formally residing with Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of our Board of Directors
  • Cross-functional Corporate Responsibility Advisory Committee representing nearly every department at Host
  • Code of Business Conduct and Ethics centered around our corporate EPIC values—Excellence, Partnership, Integrity and Community—and annual training for all employees  
  • Maintain a Human Rights Policy and Supplier Code of Conduct as well as an Antibribery Compliance Manual 
  • Best-in-class Enterprise Analytics platform that uses business intelligence to monitor performance, identify opportunities and manage and mitigate risks, including first-of-its-kind joint development agreement with IBM Research 
  • Conduct IT infrastructure testing and ongoing cybersecurity training