The goal of HTA’s Sustainability Program is to implement cost-effective green products and processes that reduce our carbon footprint and favorably impact the built environment. Our goal is for each project to consider sustainability measures during all project phases. HTA utilizes the following best practices to deliver each facility:
This forward-thinking facility model maximizes efficiency and return on investment through a number of specific features, including:
HTA promotes the following design initiatives at each new development and redevelopment, where practicable:
Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. (“HTA”) is focused on environmental sustainability and operating efficiency improvements in our buildings. These efforts include: (i) local sustainability initiatives; (ii) capital investments in energy efficiency projects, such as energy management systems and automation, LED lighting, utilization of energy efficient building materials, and HVAC modernization; and (iii) operating procedure best-practices that drive efficiency and low consumption. HTA believes these efforts reduce our environmental footprint while also lowering operating costs, which directly benefit our tenants and the broader community. HTA continues to strive to reduce our environmental impact and is committed to establishing measurable goals and benchmarks to facilitate the performance of our buildings.
HTA’s goal is to ensure our properties are running with high efficiency while consistently increasing our energy saving efforts. HTA’s building operations team is dedicated to reducing consumption of natural resources and energy savings through building mechanical system modernization, recommissioning existing systems, automation and energy management. HTA utilizes a systematic approach to reviewing our portfolio and identifying initiatives for improvement among our buildings, including benchmarking HTA-managed properties against our own portfolio, peers and other external data points, including but not limited to the Energy Star platform.
HTA periodically completes a review and quantification of greenhouse gas emissions utilizing third-party services. Consumption and output are benchmarked against our own portfolio, peers and other external data points, outliers are identified on no less than an annual basis and improvement areas are addressed on an as-needed basis.
HTA has implemented operating procedure best practices to consider indoor environmental quality. Refer to the HTA Building Automation System MOB Standard Operations Outline for specific operating procedures.
The goal of HTA’s Sustainability Program is to implement cost-effective green products and processes that reduce our carbon footprint, with consideration of alternative and renewable energy generation sources and other measures to favorably impact the built environment. Additionally, HTA’s Development Policy outlines best practices, including materials selection and sourcing based on efficiency and environmental impact.
HTA is committed to reducing waste through recycling efforts. HTA recycles materials whenever possible in order to save costs and reduce our impact on the environment. HTA offers recycling services at a majority of our properties and actively encourages our tenants to participate in recycling efforts.
HTA monitors and benchmarks our water usage against our own portfolio, peers and other external data points, including but not limited to the Energy Star platform. HTA is committed to reducing water consumption and utilizing efficient water and plumbing fixtures throughout its portfolio. Water consumption efficiency best practices are also included in HTA’s Development Policy.
Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. (“HTA”) is committed to respecting and promoting human rights in accordance with all principles outlined in the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. HTA strives to promote human rights in our own business operations and expects vendors and suppliers to uphold these principles and adopt similar policies within their own businesses.
HTA is committed to creating a diverse, engaging, and collaborative working environment. We treat all employees with the same level of respect and fairness and ensure they have a safe and healthy work environment. HTA provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws, as outlined in the Equal Employment Opportunity/ Unlawful Harassment policy included the HTA Employee Handbook. HTA prohibits the use of all forms of forced, bonded, or child labor and supports the elimination of these forms of labor.
To ensure we are meeting employees’ needs, our human rights policy fosters employee feedback and encourages all employees to provide input by way of their direct supervisors, HTA’s Human Resources department and/or HTA’s whistleblower hotline. All employees are invited and encouraged to participate in regular anonymous satisfaction surveys to help identify area of growth and change opportunities.
HTA’s Vendor Code of Conduct outlines our expectations for all vendors and suppliers as it relates to respecting and promoting human rights. HTA encourages all vendors and suppliers to adopt similar policies within their own businesses and help create a more inclusive and ethical working environment.
HTA recognizes that we are part of the communities in which we operate. We encourage our employees to be good stewards and better the community in the key markets in which we operate, through philanthropy efforts and sponsorship events. Where appropriate, we engage with a wide range of civil society and stakeholders on human rights issues related to our business.
Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. (“HTA”) is committed to operate in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner while balancing the interests of diverse stakeholders. HTA strives to uphold the highest professional standards in all business operations and we expect that those with whom we do business will also adhere to these standards. HTA encourages its partners, suppliers and vendors to support this commitment by adhering to the HTA Vendor Code of Conduct.
The HTA Vendor Code of Conduct is a general statement of social and ethical responsibility. It may not cover every situation a vendor or supplier may face. If questions or concerns arise relating to the HTA Vendor Code of Conduct, vendors are encouraged to seek guidance from HTA’s executive team or legal department. Suspected violations can be reported to the HTA whistleblower hotline by (i) completing an intake form through the Reporting Website at www.reportlineweb.com/htareit or (ii) calling the Hotline toll-free at (844) 290-0609. While it is expected that vendors and suppliers will self-monitor, they should be able to reasonably demonstrate their compliance with the HTA Vendor Code of Conduct upon HTA’s request. If a vendor or supplier is noncompliant, HTA reserves the right to take appropriate actions, including termination of the contract. HTA may require removal from the HTA account of any vendor or supplier personnel who behaves in such a manner that is unlawful or noncompliant with the HTA Vendor Code of Conduct.
HTA vendors and suppliers are expected to conduct business in full compliance with laws and regulations applicable to their business. Nothing in the HTA Vendor Code of Conduct grants additional rights or expectations to a vendor or supplier or alters HTA’s contractual or legal rights or obligations. HTA reserves the right to modify this Vendor Code of Conduct at any time in its sole discretion, without prior notice.
It is important for HTA to take action to help preserve and protect our planet. HTA strives to put innovative solutions in place throughout our portfolio to do our part to protect the environment and encourages vendors and suppliers to participate in this initiative by minimizing their environmental impact as well. Specifically, HTA expects its vendors and suppliers to comply with the environmental laws and regulations to which they are subject, including laws regarding hazardous materials, air emissions, waste, and wastewater discharges. Vendors and suppliers are encouraged to minimize their impact on the environment and implement their own sustainability initiatives to help preserve and protect our planet.
Vendors and suppliers are expected to treat people with respect and dignity, encourage diversity, promote equal opportunity for all, and help create an inclusive and ethical working environment. Vendors and suppliers are expected to: (1) comply with laws regarding the minimum age for workers and to prohibit the use of child labor; (2) only use voluntary labor and avoid the use of all forms of forced and bonded labor; (3) comply with all applicable wage and compensation requirements under applicable labor laws for regular work, overtime, maximum hours and other elements of compensation and employee benefits; and (4) comply with applicable health and safety regulations and to provide a safe working environment for employees, free from harassment and discrimination.
Vendors and suppliers are expected incorporate appropriate health and safety management practices into all aspects of their business. Vendors and suppliers should fully comply with all applicable safety and health laws, including in areas including, but not limited to, occupational safety, emergency preparedness, occupational injury and illness, industrial hygiene, physically demanding work, machine safeguarding, sanitation, food, and housing. Vendors and suppliers are expected to minimize employee and visitor exposure to potential safety hazards by identifying, assessing and minimizing risks, where appropriate.
Vendors and suppliers shall not engage in any form of corrupt practices and are expected to comply with anti-bribery and anti-corruption regulations. Vendors and suppliers should avoid conflicts of interest and shall not offer bribes or kickbacks to any HTA personnel that may conflict or appear to conflict with HTA personnel acting in the best interest of HTA. Vendors and suppliers must comply with applicable anti-trust and fair competition laws and ensure that communications and representations are accurate and truthful.