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Our primary responsibility is to act in the best long-term interests of our investors and their participants and beneficiaries. We seek to accomplish this while acting as responsible citizens in the communities in which we live and work.

ARA is dedicated to implementing environmental, social, and corporate governance policies reflecting the intent of the U.N.'s Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) across the firm’s investment activities. ARA believes that conducting its activities consistent with such principles can improve our ability to meet commitments to our clients, as well as to align our investment activities with the broader interests of society.

Integrating corporate responsibility practices in our daily investment process is a reflection of our culture, our values, and the manner in which we manage our business. Our dedication to corporate social responsibility at all levels of our business helps contribute to a successful and sustainable future.

Corporate Governance

Founded on the principles of transparency and integrity, ARA recognizes the responsibilities we bear as fiduciaries. Our corporate values and governance structure allow us to serve our clients in an honest and ethical manner that permeates all aspects of our business management.

ARA incorporates responsible governance into our investment process and the overall operation of the firm.  Overseen by our General Counsel/Chief Compliance Officer and involving various committees at the firm, ARA has established policies and procedures and processes consistent with the law and industry best practices  to promote lawful and ethical practices within the firm and to ensure that that the fiduciary responsibility that ARA owes to its clients is a primary focus for the firm and its employees. 

Responsible Contractor Policy

ARA’s longstanding commitment to supporting responsible labor practices has given us decades of practical experience investing successfully on behalf of jointly-trusteed pension funds. Working together with the local building trades, contractors, developers, and lenders, we continue to support the creation of high-quality real estate consistent with our responsible contractor policy that will help to secure the future of plan participants and their beneficiaries for years to come.  In addition, we provide clear and straightforward communication and reporting that enables trustees and staff to exercise the diligent oversight required of these funds. 

Sustainable Growth & Planning For the Future

ARA promotes sustainable practices at the assets we acquire and manage on behalf of our clients. Energy efficiency, water conservation, and sustainable building practices are key components of the value we provide to our investors and we are committed to advancing the principles of sustainable investing.

ARA manages our clients’ portfolios in a manner that benefits society and the environment at large. We are keenly aware of the issues surrounding sustainability and have instituted formal “green” initiatives throughout our investment process. As a fiduciary and investment manager, our risk-control approach goes hand-in-hand with this culture of responsibility. Our sustainability initiatives include: 

  • Evaluation of potential acquisitions for financially attractive green retrofit opportunities using energy and environmental audits
  • Benchmarking and tracking energy and environmental metrics of all assets 
  • Sharing of best practices and information with the firm's business partners to increase awareness and knowledge of sustainability initiatives
  • Periodic reviews of all policies regarding energy usage and environmental impact for all properties under management

ARA’s Sustainability Highlights Include:

  • Over 30 office and industrial assets have achieved 2016/2017 ENERGY STAR®* Awards representing over 8.0 million square feet**
  • Nearly 6.0 million square feet of LEED-Certified properties**
  • Recognized as one of 2015’s Greenest Companies in Commercial Real Estate by Commercial Property Executive
  • Received the 2012 Office Depot Leadership in Greener Purchasing Award
  • An U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) member since 2013
  • A Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark Member (GRESB) since 2014
  • An ENERGY STAR® Partner since 2007

**ENERGY STAR® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
**SF as of May 18, 2017.

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