Boston Properties (BXP)

Massachusetts
Real Estate

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

Boston Properties (BXP) vets vendors for ESG policies and does not provide its employees with protections against viewpoint discrimination, but BXP has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs. The company frequently uses its reputation to advocates for net zero emissions and is committed to carbon neutrality by 2050. In 2021, BXP donated $125,000 to The New California Coalition and its CEO signed the CEOs for Gun Safety. For these reasons, Boston Properties receives a Medium Risk rating.

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Rationale
Corporate Weaponization
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Has denied service to customers, suppliers, or vendors due to their political views or religious beliefs OR corporately boycotts, divests, or sanctions regions, people groups, or industries.

Risk Level
Rationale

Boston Properties has not publicly terminated business relationships due to political views or religious beliefs. Boston Properties integrates ESG into all of its business practices, including metrics for suppliers (1).

Criteria

Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.

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N/A
Rationale

Boston Properties has not published its charitable giving guidelines.

Criteria

Employment policies fail to protect against discrimination based on political affiliation/views and/or religion.

Risk Level
Rationale

Boston Properties does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees (1).

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
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Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.

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Rationale

Boston Properties is on track to reach net-zero emissions by 2025. The company incorporates “green lease language” into half of its active leases and all of its Master Lease forms. BXP is a member of the Real Estate Roundtable (RER) Sustainability Policy Advisory Committee (SPAC), United States Green Building Council® (USGBC®), and Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark GRESB. Boston Properties signed the We Are Still In Pledge after the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Climate Challenge. The company owns Salesforce Tower, the tallest building on the West Coast, and displayed the rainbow flag “in honor of Global Pride” (1). Boston Properties is an active ULI Greenprint member and is committed to the ULI Greenrint Net-Zero Operaties by 2050 Goal (2). The company’s CEO is a signatory to CEOs for Gun Safety (3).

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Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.

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Rationale

BXP donated $125,000 to The New California Coalition (1)(2).

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Uses corporate political contributions for ideological, non-business purposes.

Risk Level
N/A
Rationale

BXP does not operate a PAC at this time (1).

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January 25, 2024

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