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  • The Ashforth Company

    Building Better Communities...Together

    ASHFORTH’S 2019

    CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY REPORT

  • sustainability

    The Ashforth Company has been aligned with our guiding principles of commitment, quality, people, and practices for 124 years. All are firmly embedded at the core of our daily operations. We are dedicated to not only meeting the needs

    of our clients and partners, we are highly committed to ensuring we act with the utmost integrity and responsibility.

    Our sustainability, philanthropy, and wellness efforts are built on our foundation of sound business practices and ethics.

    Thank you to all our employees, clients, vendors, and partners for all you are doing to help build better communities. The following pages highlight Ashforth’s efforts in 2019 and our continued commitment to sustainability, philanthropy, and wellness. We welcome your thoughts and suggestions.

    Together, we are all making a positive, long-term difference and we will continue working to do more.

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    CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY REPORT

    Darrell Harvey Co-CEO

    Andy Ashforth Co-CEO

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  • 50% of their electricity generated from renewable resources

    Through Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), Ashforth’s three owned properties in CT now purchase

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    3The Ashforth Company

    The Ashforth Company’s sustainability mission is to be stewards of our environment by taking responsible actions in our business, community and personal lives.

    Ashforth has a long legacy of conservation, reducing energy and water usage, incorporating green products, and improving air quality. Through the guidance of our company leaders and Ashforth’s Green Council we remain committed to improving the sustainability of our operations, corporate offices, and our entire real estate portfolio. We work with our tenants, vendors, and owners to do the same. Ashforth believes our efficient building systems and equipment, amenities, and organization-wide environmentally responsible management approach will aid in preserving the environment for future generations.

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  • • In 2019, through Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), Ashforth’s three owned properties in CT – 3001 Stamford Square, 707 Summer Street, and Greenwich Plaza – began purchasing 50% of their electricity generated from renewable resources.

    • Ashforth partnered with Audubon Connecticut to renovate over an acre of landscaping on and bordering Greenwich Plaza – the “Urban Oasis” project – as a healthy habitat for migrating birds, butterflies, bees, and other pollinators.

    • Ashforth held its Annual Environmental Awareness Week event at our three owned CT buildings and one managed CT building. During the event, our employees and our tenants’ employees brought in 1,277 lbs (owned bldgs) of household e-waste for recycling. In addition, 12 bags of clothing were donated to Person-to-Person, 90 books were donated to Ferguson Library, and over 150 pairs of eyeglasses were donated to Stamford’s Lions Club.

    • In 2019, Ashforth recycled 3.93 tons of e-waste – fluorescent lamps, electronics, and batteries at our three owned CT buildings, plus one managed CT building (an equivalent savings of 312,985 hours of electric usage).

    • Ashforth e-mailed a bi-annual sustainability newsletter to our employees highlighting environ- mental information, trends and innovations, how-to suggestions, local events and initiatives, and recycling tips.

    Ashforth has been tracking its utility performance since 2008. Each year, we’ve seen consistent improvement from continued efforts such as replacing and optimizing building systems & equipment and adding eco-friendly amenities. A national trend of increased density/employment count has caused measurable increases in utility usage. In addition, numerous factors such as weather, tenant type and occupancy, affect usage. However, through all variables Ashforth’s ongoing sustainability improvements and efforts have enabled us to keep increases to a minimum, and during the past year to reduce overall energy costs.

    ELECTRIC USAGE

    23.4 22.823.7 21.0

    20162015 20182017

    19.5

    2019

    GAS USAGE

    197

    2015 2016

    215 191

    2017 2019

    189

    2018

    174

    Gas usage at Ashforth-owned buildings* increased by 8.6% from 2018 usage largely due to 2018’s warmer-than-usual winter but continues its overall downward trend due to new equipment installations and advanced optimization methods.

    Electric usage at Ashforth-owned buildings* decreased by 7.14% from 2018 usage and has decreased 16.67% over the past five years.

    * The energy and water data reflect four owned buildings totaling nearly 1,000,000 SF; gas data reflects three owned buildings totaling 650,000 SF.

    WATER USAGE

    2019 water consumption across the Ashforth- owned portfolio* decreased by 4.6% from 2018, and after an occupancy-related increase four years ago, consumption has steadily decreased 10.0% from 2016’s peak.

    2019 saw the second, dramatic national reset of ENERGY STAR’s performance metrics in as many years. Three of Ashforth’s owned buildings increased while one experienced a decrease.

    ENERGY STAR SCORES

    28

    69 58

    87

    14.0

    2015

    15.6

    20172016

    16.0

    2018

    15.1 14.4

    2019

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  • Healthy Employer Recognition Program

    Ashforth recognized by The Business Council of Fairfield County’s

    for the eighth consecutive year

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    5The Ashforth Company

    Ashforth cares about our employees and our tenants’ employees. As part of our wellness efforts and

    initiatives, we encourage all to lead healthier lifestyles.

    The Ashforth Company’s wellness mission is to encourage and sustain a culture of health and wellness for employees and their families by helping achieve physical, emotional and financial well-being.

    In addition to Ashforth’s wellness program for our employees, we have a long-standing commitment to providing health-conscious work environments, and understand that a healthy building will improve employees’ health and productivity. Our overall healthy building program includes efforts to provide superior air quality, create opportunities for occupants to stay active and eat healthy, and operate sustainable buildings.

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  • • Since launching our wellness program in 2012, Ashforth has promoted wellness by: emailing Ashforth’s Wellness News monthly to our employees and posting on the Wellness Board in our community kitchen, supporting fitness goals with gym discounts and walking groups, and encouraging participation in yearly health observance events.

    • Ashforth continued our Financial Wellness Program for our employees, which began in 2016. The Program includes a series of onsite financial seminars offered by Fidelity, as well as financial wellness articles as part of Ashforth’s monthly Wellness News.

    • The Ashforth Company was recognized by The Busi- ness Council of Fairfield County’s Healthy Employer Recognition Program for the 8th consecutive year for its commitment to em- ployee health and well-being and successful efforts promoting a healthy workplace.

    • Ashforth also received the 2020 Tanya Court Innova- tion Award for its new gen- erous Paid Maternity and Parental Leave Policies and its emphasis on providing Paid Time Off for bonding with one’s family as an investment in the great- er emotional wellness of its employees and their families. Ashforth’s COO participated in panel discussion at the recognition event.

    • In 2019, Ashforth introduced Menumavin at two owned properties. This online food ordering platform offers the opportunity for tenants to order healthy and organic food options from over 25 Stamford/Greenwich restaurants delivered directly to their office or carry out.

    • Ashforth continued offering tenants a farm-to- office online produce delivery service, provided by Field Goods. Field Goods offers a variety of selections including fruit and vegetable bag subscriptions, pasture-raised meats, and à la carte local produce options from over 60 small farms and producers.

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  • Sustainability Reduce electric

    usage at Ashforth- owned buildings

    by 3%.

    Reduce water consumption at Ashforth-owned buildings by 3%.

    Reduce gas usage at Ashforth- owned buildings

    by 3%.

    • Increase tenant e-cycling by 5% through offering year-round e-cycling program for all tenants’ employees.

    • Educate all tenants on local nonprofit organizations that offer drop off sites for donations of reusable items such clothing and household goods. This includes printed material in lobby.

    • Through Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), increase purchase of electricity used by Ashforth-owned buildings from renewable energy resources fro