Corporate Responsibility 

Making a Positive Impact on the World Through Sustainability, Philanthropy, and Volunteerism 
Corporate Responsibility


Alexandria is proud of our environmental, social, and governance (ESG) efforts, which have benefited our tenants, employees, and communities, as well as preserved and enhanced value for our stockholders over the long term. 

We create sustainable and vibrant environments to support the development of breakthrough therapies and technologies to help cure disease, enhance nutrition, and improve the way we live and work. Our highly dynamic and collaborative urban campuses and healthy workplaces enhance our tenants’ ability to successfully recruit and retain world-class talent, promote health and wellness, and inspire productivity, efficiency, creativity, and success. 

Our Sustainability Mission

To thrive in a rapidly changing world, our sustainability mission is to make a positive impact on society by developing and operating efficient and healthy buildings, reducing carbon pollution, managing climate risk, and advancing human health and nutrition. 

Awards & Recognition

Navy SEAL Foundation Patriot Award
Fitwel Best in Building Health 2018
GRESB 5 Star Rating –
The Highest GRESB Rating,
Second Consecutive "A"
Disclosure Score,
Third Consecutive Green Star
2020 Navy SEAL Foundation Patriot Award

Fitwel Impact Award (All-Time Highest-Scoring Project)

Fitwel Industry Leading Company

#1 in final GRESB H&W Module

  WELL Gold 2017
First REIT to be Named Fitwel Champion; 
Founding Member of Leadership Advisory Board

   #1 Company Globally for Final GRESB Health & Well-being Module in 2018

   World's First WELL Certified Laboratory

Sustainability Goals

Our 2025 sustainability goals cover the ground-up development of all new buildings; reduction of energy, carbon, water, and waste; and healthy building certifications for buildings in operation. Highlights from the goals include:


2025 Goal2 


2025 Goal2 



2025 Goal2


2025 Goal4 


Target LEED® Gold or
platinum certification
for new ground-up
development projects

Target Fitwel


Our goals for new construction projects set clear guidelines that cover energy, water, waste, materials, indoor air quality, metering infrastructure, and health. To view our sustainability goals for ground-up development of new buildings, please click here.

1. Reflects sum of annual like-for-like progress from 2015 to 2019.

2. Relative to a 2015 baseline for buildings in operation that Alexandria directly manages.

3. Reflects progress for all buildings in operation in 2019 that Alexandria indirectly and directly manages.

4. Relative to a 2015 baseline for buildings in operation that Alexandria indirectly and directly manages.


Alexandria is committed to making continuous improvements to our sustainability efforts, which include reducing energy use, greenhouse gas pollution, water use, and waste; implementing safe and healthy cleaning and recycling practices; running transportation programs that reduce traffic; and obtaining green building certifications. In partnership with the communities where Alexandria owns, operates, and develops properties, these programs help us drive the long-term success of our business. 

Green Development


685 Gateway 

  Green Development


New ground-up developments targeting minimum LEED® Gold certification

LEED projects*

Total annual rental revenue
from LEED projects


First REIT to use the Carbon Leadership Forum's Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator tool to target embodied carbon reductions for new ground-up developments


Targeting Zero Energy Certification through the Living Future Institute at 685 Gateway Boulevard in our South San Francisco submarket

    *Upon completion of 19 projects in process targeting LEED certification as of June 30, 2020.  

Energy, Water, and Waste Management

Energy, Water, and Waste Management    Energy
Continuously monitor, optimize, and reduce energy consumption through equipment upgrade projects and by identifying opportunities to improve building operations

Implement cutting-edge conservation technologies, such as greywater systems, recycled water for irrigation, and captured steam condensate for use in cooling towers

Partner with construction managers and tenants to run comprehensive recycling and composting programs that minimize waste sent to local landfills
Climate Change & Resilience

    Supporting and aligning efforts with guidelines issued by the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)

Reduction in like-for-like
carbon pollution since 2015, 
reflecting an average pace of 4.5% — NEARLY DOUBLE
according to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals

  Assessing extent to which mitigations against climate change are in-place and identifying additional mitigations into long-term planning

Transportation Demand Management        

Transportation Demand Management

  Run programs that reduce traffic, pollution, and carbon emissions from automobiles, including:

  • Providing shuttles to and from public transportation stations

  • Promoting carpooling

  • Encouraging biking to work by providing secure bike storage, locker rooms, and showers

  Partner with local planning and transportation organizations, including:

  Be recognized for helping employees and tenants find more sustainable ways to commute

Healthy Campuses and Buildings 

Healthy Campuses and Buildings     Fitwel Projects*



*Upon completion of 24 projects in process targeting Fitwel certification, as of June 30, 2020.

  WELL Projects*



*Upon completion of three projects in process targeting WELL certification, as of March 31, 2020.

  Health Building Goal

Certifications by 2025

Healthy Building

7.0M RSF
Fitwel and WELL projects

*Upon completion of in-process certifications.


Alexandria has been widely recognized for our industry leadership and best-in-class approach to promoting health, wellness, and productivity. We have a longstanding focus on, and continue to evolve our innovative approaches to developing sustainable campus environments with healthy workplaces for leading life science and technology entities.

Promoting Health, Wellness, and Productivity

Developing a Health & Wellness Program   Watch Ari Frankel, Alexandria's Assistant Vice President of Sustainability & High Performance Buildings, discuss the value and public health benefits for companies that implement a health and wellness program. The two-part video was created for Nareit's ESG Jumpstart program, which features REIT sustainability leaders, like Alexandria, and their expertise on starting and implementing a successful sustainability program. 


Nareit's REIT Report Podcast
  Listen to Ari Frankel on Nareit's REIT Report Podcast to learn more about Alexandria's award-winning sustainability program and our leadership in the area of health and wellness.
Fully equipped fitness centers

Alexandria's amenities allow tenants not only to work efficiently and productively, but also to enjoy their work environment. 

Amenities throughout our portfolio include state-of-the-art conference and event spaces, fully equipped fitness centers, farm-to-table restaurants and cafés, open green spaces, and organic gardens.
Riverpark Farm


As an early adopter of the Fitwel rating system, Alexandria utilizes Fitwel's assessments to implement recommended improvements across our Class A properties as part of our continued efforts to make tenant and employee wellness a top priority at our urban innovation campuses.

  • Named the inaugural Industry Leading Company in Fitwel's Best in Building Health
  • First company to be named a “First-in-Class Fitwel Champion” 
  • First company to be named a Global Strategic Partner
  • First company of any kind to earn Fitwel's health and wellness certifications
  • Founding member of the Fitwel Leadership Advisory Board
Alexandria LaunchLabs at the Alexandria Center for Life Science – New York City
  Earning the world's first WELL certification for laboratory space, Alexandria LaunchLabs® at the Alexandria Center® for Life Science – New York City has achieved Gold-level recognition from the International WELL Building Institute. 

WELL helps optimize and build in strategies around the seven categories of WELL certification: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. Alexandria pursues WELL certification on a case-by-case basis for select new development projects. 

People: Alexandria's Most Important Asset

Alexandria team at the NYC Marathon
  Alexandria devotes extraordinary efforts to hiring, developing, and retaining its employees, who directly contribute to the company's operational excellence.

Alexandria provides a highly competitive set of benefits and a healthy workplace and employee experience, which include fitness centers and incentives, healthy dining options, paid time off for volunteering activities, and an Employee Assistance Program to meet and exceed the health, well-being, and financial needs and goals of our talented employees and their families.

Alexandria goes to great lengths to encourage physical fitness across our company. Our unique programming and organized activities help to build and further strengthen our culture and our commitment to each other, as well as to minimize absenteeism. We were proud to be recognized for these significant efforts by GRESB as the 2018 #1 real estate company globally.  

Alexandria has sponsored and arranged for all of our employees to have the opportunity to participate in the New York City Marathon since 2017. In 2019, we were honored to support 59 Alexandria team members in order to benefit critical oncology research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. 

Alexandria also sponsors numerous team sports leagues and 5K runs/walks throughout the year, in  which many of our employees participate. On a daily basis, we provide either an on-site fitness center with organized classes, showers, and lockers or a fitness incentive that includes a subsidy for gym membership or other fitness classes.

Stakeholder Engagement: Community and Economic Development

Sustainability panel
  Alexandria's commitment to the success and growth of our tenants is well established in the real estate industry. Our vibrant campuses catalyze high-quality job creation, economic activity, and sustainable urban infill development in the innovative and dynamic cities and states in which we operate.

We are actively involved with a number of industry groups and organizations ranging from sustainable building organizations, citizens advisory committees, and transportation management associations to urban planning and research associations, advocacy and policymaking, and environmental groups. These industry groups and organizations include the following:

Sustainability   Real Estate & Community Associations
  • Nareit Real Estate Sustainability Council (RESC)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) – Platinum Member
  • Fitwel Leadership Advisory Board
  • Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) –Benchmark Committee 
  • Ceres Investor Network on Climate Risk and Sustainability
  • University of Washington Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator
  • Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA)
  • ASHRAE Net Zero Small to Medium Sized Buildings Working Group
  • Cambridge Net Zero Task Force 
  • Kendall Square Association EcoDistrict
  • iCommute/Shift
  • Mission Bay Transportation Management Association
  • Nareit
  • Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network
  • NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI) 
  • Mission Bay Citizens Advisory Committee
 Economic Development
   Life Science & Technology
  • MassBio Economic Development Advisory Group
  • San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research (SPUR)
  • Partnership for New York City 
  • San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation 
  • Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County
  • Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
  • Biocom 
  • California Life Sciences Association
  • NewYorkBIO 
  • Washington Life Science & Global Health Advisory Council
  • Life Science Washington
  • Maryland Tech Council
  • BioHealth Innovation
  • North Carolina Biosciences Organization (NCBIO)

Philanthropy and Volunteerism

Alexandria team members volunteering  

Alexandria's philanthropy and volunteerism efforts are fundamental to fulfilling our commitment to building the future of life-changing innovation. Our philanthropy and volunteerism program, Operation CARE, leverages Alexandria’s resources, people, and expertise to provide mission-critical support to leading-edge non-profit organizations doing groundbreaking work in medical researchSTEM educationmilitary support services, and local communities

Through these efforts, Alexandria helps drive the development of breakthrough technologies and therapies in support of our mission to advance human health by seeking to cure disease and improve nutrition.

  250+   $373,000+
Hours volunteered by 
Alexandria Team Members 
in 2019
  Non-profit organizations
Alexandria supported 
in 2019
Raised by the 59 team members 
who completed the 2019 NYC 
Marathon to support Memorial 
Sloan Kettering Cancer Center



Alexandria is dedicated to supporting education and making an enduring, positive impact in our communities. In 2019, we launched Alexandria Scholars, our STEM scholarship program, through which we have helped 11 high-achieving public-school students in San Francisco and Maryland reach their higher education goals and continue to invest in the next generation of scientific innovators. We are also focused on driving educational opportunity and providing resources to underserved communities. 

Through deep partnerships with organizations like Computer Science for All (CS4ALL), the Emily Krzyzewski Center, Robin Hood, and Breakthrough Greater Boston, we have supported efforts to help: 

  55,000   100%
NYC public school
students with high-quality
computer science education
Students across NYC
participating in tutoring,
mentorship, and college prep
programs as well as mental
health and counseling services

College acceptance rate
for Durham graduating
high school seniors
Emily K Center programs


Alexandria partnered with Verily to support OneFifteen, a new non-profit healthcare system dedicated to the full and sustained recovery of people suffering from opioid addiction. We have led the design and development of a state-of-the-art campus in Dayton, Ohio, to provide a comprehensive model of care that encompasses includes dedicated facilities and services for treatment, residential housing, group therapy, family reunification, fitness, workforce development programs, job placement, and community transition. In July 2020, we delivered OneFifteen Living, the campus's three-story residential facility designed to serve as a safe place for individuals suffering from opioid addiction to live while accessing on-campus treatment services.

Thought Leadership: Driving the Development of Innovative Therapies to Advance Human Health 

Alexandria Summit panel  

Alexandria convenes our world-class global network for unique and interactive programming, including the Alexandria Summit®, to create opportunities for collaboration that will shape the future of healthcare. The Alexandria Summit brings together a diverse group of key stakeholders—from the biopharma, technology, agribusiness, technology, medical, academic, venture and private equity capital, philanthropy, patient advocacy, and government communities—to help drive the discovery and development of novel, cost-effective innovations that will save lives, manage and cure disease, and significantly reduce the economic burden of disease and hunger on society. 

Through its high-impact, collective voice, the Alexandria Summit drives forward actionable meeting outcomes that address the most critical global healthcare, agricultural, and environmental challenges facing society.



Alexandria is proud to operate on a solid foundation of sound corporate governance, reflecting our best-practices approach to the key tenets of corporate governance practices and philosophies, which include maintaining an independently minded and objective board of directors; conducting business according to the highest moral and ethical standards; delivering transparent, quality, and efficient disclosures; and aligning our objectives with those of our stockholders over the long term. 

Sustainability Management

Alexandria's sustainability program, which is overseen by our Sustainability Committee, meets the growing demand from our stakeholders to measure, manage, report, and continuously improve the efficiency and the impact that our company, our philanthropy, and our tenants have on the world. 

Best-in-Class Transparency, Quality, and Efficiency of Disclosures and Reporting

Five-Time Gold Winner

In 2020, an independent panel of portfolio managers and analysts selected Alexandria for its third-consecutive and fifth overall Nareit Investor CARE (Communications & Reporting Excellence) Gold award among Large Cap Equity REITs in recognition of our industry-best communications and reporting excellence.


For more information on Alexandria's Corporate Governance guidelines and policies, please click here. 

Forward-Looking Statements

The information contained herein above, including through the links set forth therein (collectively, the “ESG Information”), is intended to highlight our efforts in environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and corporate governance (ESG). Socially responsible investing is qualitative and subjective by nature, and there is no guarantee that the criteria utilized, or judgment exercised, by Alexandria will reflect the beliefs or values of any one particular investor. Certain information regarding responsible practices is obtained from published sources or third parties, which may not be accurate or complete, and Alexandria is dependent on such information to evaluate and implement responsible practices. The standards of measurement and performance for ESG issues are developing or are based on assumptions, and norms may vary by region. There is no assurance that Alexandria will successfully implement any of the ESG policies, strategies, or procedures outlined in the ESG Information, or that, if implemented, such policies, strategies, and procedures will have any particular ESG-related effect. Past performance should not be viewed as a guide to future performance. Alexandria makes no representation or warranty regarding the ESG Information.

The ESG Information does not constitute, or form part of, an offer to sell, or solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities, and may not be relied upon by you in evaluating the merits of investing in any of our securities and does not contain all of the information necessary to make an investment decision, including, but not limited to, the risks, fees, and investment strategies. Nothing in the ESG Information constitutes advice relating to legal, taxation, accounting, regulatory, or investment matters and potential investors are advised to consult their own professional advisors in connection with making an investment decision. Any offers to sell or solicitations to buy our securities shall be made only by means of a prospectus approved for that purpose.

The ESG Information includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. You can identify the forward-looking statements by their use of forward-looking words, such as “forecast,” “guidance,” "goals," “projects,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “may,” “plans,” “seeks,” “should,”  “targets,” or “will,” or the negative of those words or similar words. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends, and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts, as well as a number of assumptions concerning future events, the economy, and other future conditions. There can be no assurance that actual results will not be materially different than these expectations. These statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions, and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Alexandria and its directors, officers, employees, partners, affiliates, advisors, and agents do not accept any responsibility whatsoever or liability for any direct, indirect, or consequential loss or damage suffered or incurred by the recipient or any other person or entity, however incurred (including, but not limited to, negligence) in any way in connection with the ESG Information. We do not undertake to update forward-looking statements, or any other information provided herein, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.