Corporate Social Responsibility

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Corporate Social Responsibility

Essex is currently evaluating sustainability disclosure and welcomes input from its stockholders in this process.
Essex is committed to keeping residents' well-being as a top priority, creating a positive workplace for all employees, and reducing our environmental footprint, all of which should contribute to long-term returns for our investors.

Over 100,000 residents live in our communities; we seek to maintain their well-being by fostering a community atmosphere and providing a healthy living environment


1,850+ employees work at Essex; we aim to maintain a safe and sound work environment for our employees to maximize productivity and employee satisfaction while helping us realize long-term returns


We operate 240+ multifamily communities; we seek to reduce our environmental footprint through our resource management initiatives and by developing new communities that meet high environmental standards

  • Great Communities to Live
    Wellness amenities: 84% and 86% of our communities have pool and fitness centers onsite, respectively.
    Smoke-free apartments.
    Over 20% of communities have EV charging stations.
    Over 25% of employees live onsite with a 20% or more discount exclusive to employees.
  • Positive Place to Work
    Employees were recognized with 2,329 awards and 215 trophies in 2018.
    82% of employees participate in our engagement survey.
    66% of employees participate in health and well-being initiatives.
    55% of corporate employees are female and 54% of corporate management positions are held by women.
    65% of all employees are minorities.
  • Environmental Responsibility
    Earned the GRESB Green Star for the third year in a row in 2018, GRESB’s highest designation. See the Awards and Recognition section for details.
    100% of communities and corporate office are reducing paper usage with digital workflows.
    Over 80% of newly built apartments in the last 4 years obtained Green or LEED building certificates.
    50 LED retrofits, 20 water conservation projects, and 13 solar panel installations, retrofit projects completed in 2018.


At Essex, sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility ("CSR") impact all aspects of our business and contribute to the success of the organization. We are committed to providing a great place to live for our residents and a positive work environment for our employees, while simultaneously minimizing our impact on the environment. With better data and proven programs, we have expanded our CSR efforts across our portfolio, decreased our environmental footprint, and improved the lives of our residents. We are confident these initiatives will continue to contribute to long-term sustainable returns for our shareholders.


More than a decade ago, we launched several new initiatives aimed at integrating sustainable practices that expanded from our development and renovation projects to all aspects of our business. In 2008, we completed our first Green-certified development project. Since then, we have achieved Green or LEED certifications on 25 additional development projects, representing almost 7,500 sustainable apartments. Our Resource Management Department, established in 2008, helped organize partnerships with local communities to participate in energy efficiency programs and completed countless energy conservation projects throughout our portfolio, which garnered over $5 million worth of installations at no cost to the Company. Today, every Essex community has implemented certain environmental best practices and we continue to seek opportunities to improve.