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    Sustainability & Social Responsibility

    At Equity Commonwealth, we believe that sustainability, social responsibility and strong corporate governance are key contributors to our success. Our approach is all-inclusive, addressing our effect on the environment, our social impact and our relationships with our employees, customers and shareholders.

    We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our business. Our priority is the health and safety of our employees, tenants and building staff. We monitor federal, state and local government requirements and guidance for operating workplaces. Our building protocols focus on enhancing building safety to lower the risk of viral transmission of COVID-19, including:

    • indoor air quality improvements such as MERV-13 filters and additional outdoor air ventilation, where practical
    • increased availability of sanitizer stations near common area touchpoints
    • requiring face coverings over nose and mouth when in building common areas
    • ensuring building staff and security have personal protective equipment
    • encouraging social distancing in common areas and elevators
    • performing enhanced cleaning of common areas
    • offering tenants additional enhanced cleaning options for their tenant premises
    • following CDC protocols when notified of COVID-19 incidents in common areas or tenant premises
    • applying applicable CDC, ASHRAE, and WHO recommendations, where practical

    Equity Commonwealth's sustainability focus includes:
    • maintaining high corporate governance standards that are aligned with the interests of our stakeholders
    • emphasizing diversity of all types as an important part of our culture
    • efficiently managing energy costs
    • providing high levels of customer satisfaction
    • actively engaging in our communities

    Social Responsibility

    We believe in a shared commitment to diversity, ethics, integrity and community engagement.

    We have fostered a culture at Equity Commonwealth based on a meritocracy where integrity, diversity of opinion, working passionately and collaboration are fundamental. We believe that diversity of all types brings varying perspectives, encouraging differing viewpoints in order to effectively manage risk and create value.

    Equity Commonwealth looks to maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethics. Toward that end, we have implemented a set of rules that governs our conduct and can be found in our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics.

    We are actively engaged in our communities, including involvement with many local organizations.

    Property Sustainability

    At Equity Commonwealth, we are focused on operating our properties efficiently from both an economic and environmental perspective, including by:

    • managing energy procurement costs with the cost-effective purchase of utilities in deregulated markets
    • tracking energy consumption and benchmarking properties in order to evaluate performance trends in an effort to enhance efficiency
    • utilizing efficient LED lighting at properties
    • performing HVAC retro-commissioning studies
    • upgrading building automation systems

    Of the 4 properties in our portfolio as of September 30, 2020, two have been certified with the EPA's Energy Star label, and one has also achieved LEED certification from the US Green Buildings Council.

    Equity Commonwealth has achieved LEED certification status from the US Green Building's Council (USGBC) for the following property:


    Equity Commonwealth has achieved Energy Star certification from the EPA for the following properties:


    Vendor Sustainability

    We engage CBRE, Inc. to provide property management services for our properties and require its team to comply with our Employee Code of Conduct and Business Ethics. In addition, CBRE, Inc. emphasizes its own integrated program of environmental and social responsibility, which is documented in its Corporate Responsibility Report that is available on its website.


    Memberships

    In 2020, Equity Commonwealth became a GRESB member and participated in the 2020 GRESB Real Estate Assessment.