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Kelly Meissner

Director, Sustainability
Ventas, Inc. (NYSE: VTR)

HEALTH CARE
" While the 2021 outlook remains dynamic, we
expect companies to continue to evolve in order to
meet heightened expectations for societal engagement and corporate citizenship from all stakeholder
groups.
In 2020, Ventas set ambitious new goals to reduce
our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as well as our
use of energy, water, and waste. We also committed
to set and measure our emissions goals in alignment
with current climate science through the Science
Based Targets initiative. We recognize the business
and moral imperative to preserve our planet. In
2021, we see an important emphasis on renewable
energy, especially as institutional investors request
deeper dives on environmental information. For
example, Climate Action 100+, an investor group,
has requested net-zero GHG by 2050, and BlackRock
sees carbon efficiency as a key differentiator between
companies.
The issue of diversity, equity, and inclusion sits
squarely at the intersection of social and governance
vectors. Following the national awakening to the
racial inequities across society this past year, real
estate companies who have not focused on DE&I historically will begin to do so, and others will " raise the
bar " in their efforts and focus. In all cases, we expect
these efforts to be multidimensional-through
hiring, training, contributions to causes furthering
racial equality, board composition, and business
partnerships with minority-owned firms. We also
expect boards of directors to take a more active role
in overseeing companies' ESG principles and actions
plans, more disclosure by companies of their ESG
efforts, and potentially stronger linkage between
investment decisions and strong ESG commitment. "

TOP: Ventas' Sunrise of Buffalo Grove, Buffalo Grove, Illinois.
BOTTOM: The Providence Research & Innovation Center in Providence,
Rhode Island, one of Ventas' Research & Innovation properties.

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