A shared goal of sustainability strengthens the cities and neighborhoods where we invest. Bentall Kennedy is an active and engaged member of every community in every region where we operate across North America. In today’s digital world, people increasingly seek authentic experiences in the communities where they live, work and play. Real estate plays a central role in the creation of vibrant communities, and the reverse is also true - the vitality and growth of a neighborhood is a determining factor in a building’s success. We engage by communicating with our neighbors and community stakeholders. Our employees are our connection to our communities through their efforts, their donations of time and through their compassion for their neighbors.

We are a part of many major North American communities and committed to being a good neighbor through communications, outreach programs and education. Our aim is to improve those communities by helping to make them sustainable through the management of our clients’ investments, our ongoing property operations and our decision-making.

how we engage

We develop and deepen partnerships with community members and groups by holding outreach events, fundraising for local community organizations and by providing space for community events. We develop relationships at the organizational level and the asset level. 

We work hand-in-hand with local municipalities during a new development or major redevelopment. During the development site plan approval process, we work together to address sustainability initiatives raised by both business and residents.

listening to our communities

  • Development issues addressed with local governments have included LEED certification, watershed protection, storm water management, permeable paving, transportation planning, and other elements that are captured in an area master plan.
  • As municipalities develop long-term plans and policies to direct growth, we engage through industry associations to support municipalities in achieving the intent of their objectives.


contributing to our communities

There are many ways we contribute to our communities. Our employees volunteer time. We make monetary donations as well as in-kind gifts, such as providing space for community events. We also leverage our reach to tenants and others, to support fundraising efforts and other initiatives such as food drives. We focus on three key areas: 

  • Charities that provide support for the most vulnerable members of our communities by providing food and shelter;
  • Charities that support environmental/sustainability awareness and education in our communities;
  • Supporting reputable charitable organizations chosen by our employees, through our Charity Matching Program.

In 2016 our investments in our communities helped to fund a wide number of worthy causes:
  • > 500 volunteer hours | our employees invested more than 500 volunteer hours to give back to the communities in which they live and work.
  • > $370,000 | our corporate donations totaled more than $370,000.

Through our Charity Matching Program, we match employees’ charitable donations to a maximum of $500 per employee annually. In 2016, we matched over $100,000 in employee charitable donations.

We embrace the volunteer efforts of our people by supporting group and individual participation in charities throughout the year during regular work hours. Events across Canada and the U.S. are promoted and celebrated through our employee intranet portal. Organizations we supported included Habitat for Humanity, The United Way, Queen Anne Foodbank, Northwest Harvest, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, World Wildlife Fund, and many others.

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