Corporate Responsibility

Maintaining strong corporate governance and ethical business practices, engaging in the communities where we operate and minimizing our environmental impact is beneficial to all our stakeholders—stockholders, partners, tenants, residents and employees alike. Smart environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies are essential to delivering long-term superior results, resilience and sustained excellence.

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Ventas 2019 Corporate Sustainability Report

Environmental Sustainability


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Social Responsibility


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Corporate Governance


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Member of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index
#1 Healthcare REIT 2017 & 2019
Four-time winners of the Nareit Healthcare Leader in the light
Listed on FTSE4GOOD Sustainability Index since 2013
First REIT to become a signatory
First Healthcare REIT to Achieve Winning Designation
Recognizes Board as composed of at least 30% female members
ISS Prime Status

Materiality Assessment

Initiated in 2018, the company conducted an in-depth ESG prioritization assessment, following the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). This exercise, also known as a materiality assessment, is an evidence-based, objective process that identifies the ESG topics that matter most to Ventas and to our external stakeholders. Comprehensive analysis included:

  • Benchmarking: external sources including peer reports, regulatory and industry trends, reporting frameworks, and city climate plans
  • Interviews: a cross-functional selection of Ventas leaders, external stakeholders, including Board Members, key operating partners and investors
  • Analysis: internal financial documents and peer, investor and community reports, for evidence to assess the relative importance of each topic to internal and external stakeholders

Applying a customized weighting framework to our findings, topics were prioritized and plotted on a matrix that was validated by the Ventas executive leadership team. Ventas will continue to use the GRI framework as part of our annual corporate sustainability reporting. Based on this process, Ventas will set sustainability goals that align with our business strategies and will report performance against the prioritized key topics.

ESG prioritization assessment results graph


Reporting Initiatives

Ventas is committed to continuous improvement and transparency in our environmental efforts. To provide the information stakeholders need to make informed decisions, Ventas voluntarily participates in several ESG-based reporting initiatives at the national and international levels

  • CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project)
  • GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark)
  • RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (DJSI)
  • FTSE4Good
  • Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

Ventas Steering Committee

Our environmental, social and governance commitments are driven by the Ventas ESG Steering Committee and Reporting Working Group. Led by Kelly Meissner, Director of Sustainability, these collaborative, interdisciplinary groups help to define and implement our ESG strategy, objectives and reporting including policies, goals & targets.