It’s no longer enough to focus solely on financial performance—we hold ourselves to a higher standard.

At SL Green, we address all material environmental, social, and governance issues that affect our business. Building meaningful relationships with our stakeholders is earned through clear and open communication, which is an integral component to our governance strategy.

Our Vision

Companies are expected to epitomize corporate citizenship and adopt socially responsible practices. Building meaningful relationships with our stakeholders is earned through clear and open communication, which is an integral component to our governance strategy. There is a shared accountability among SL Green’s employees to operate in accordance with the highest level of ethics.

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“SL Green conducts its business in accordance with the highest moral, legal, and ethical standards. Our reputation for integrity is the backbone of the public’s confidence in our company.”

Edward V. Piccinich
Chief Operating Officer

Management Principles

SL Greenʼs risk management framework is built on sound governance, and we subscribe to the precautionary principle to mitigate risks and opportunities.

Policies governing environmental, social, and governance topics ensure SL Greenʼs operations balance financial responsibility with corporate citizenship while board-level oversight of environmental and social issues and climate-related risks and opportunities keeps us focused on improving our community’s quality of life.

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Embracing Stewardship
of the Environment

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Emissions Reduction

We work with tenants, employees, and other stakeholders to realize our goals by setting targets, providing resources, building awareness, supplying tools, creating effective tracking strategies, and monitoring our progress and achievements.
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Efficient Use of Natural Resources

We continue to introduce a broad platform of market-leading initiatives to address energy usage and natural resource consumption that deliver value for our business, tenants, and community.
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Environmental Awareness

We are committed to regularly promoting environmental awareness among our tenants, employees, industry, local communities, and other stakeholders.

Ensuring the Well-Being of Stakeholders, Employees, and Tenants

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We cultivate a diverse, inclusive workforce and encourage employees to collaborate and contribute regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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Health & Safety

We’re devoted to protecting, and aiming to improve, the health, safety, and well-being of everyone—our employees, tenants, vendors, and communities—through active engagement, education, and deployment of various programs and resources.
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Community Involvement

By proactively connecting our properties to the local community, we engage and incorporate feedback from city and neighborhood leaders, law enforcement, transportation and public safety officials, planners, local business groups, chambers of commerce, schools, libraries, charities, resident associations, and philanthropies.

Implementing Sound Governance Practices


Shareholder Engagement

We have a continuing dialogue with our larger shareholders, and solicit them on corporate governance and compensation matters at least twice each year. In 2019, we engaged with stockholders accounting for over 65% of our outstanding shares. We separately meet with shareholder portfolio managers throughout the year to outline and discuss business strategy.

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Whistleblower Programs

Our Board Audit Committee has established procedures for the receipt, retention, and treatment of complaints received regarding accounting, internal accounting controls, or auditing matters and the confidential and anonymous submission by our employees of concerns regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters.
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Data Privacy

We guard the personal information shared with us to ensure the content and services we provide are always tailored to a userʼs current, designated preferences. SL Green does not offer or allow the selling of any user-provided information to third parties.
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Business Ethics

Our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics addresses compliance with applicable laws, conflicts of interest, use and protection of the companyʼs assets, and confidentiality as well as communications with the public, accounting matters, records retention, fair dealing, discrimination, harassment, and health and safety.
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Anti-Bribery & Corruption

We operate our business in accordance with the highest moral, legal, and ethical standards. No employee should ever receive a payment or anything of value in exchange for a decision involving the companyʼs business, and no employee should offer anything of value to government officials or others to obtain a particular result.
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Fair Competition

We are committed to dealing fairly with our tenants, contractors, suppliers, employees, and other third parties.

“Trust from our stakeholders is built on transparency.”

Edward V. Piccinich
Chief Operating Officer

Stakeholder Engagement & Materiality

We define our stakeholders as those who affect SL Greenʼs business as well as those potentially affected by the business. We regularly engage with our Board of Directors, employees, executive team, industry peers, investors, local community, sustainability consultant, and tenants in the ways that are most impactful for them.

Read a detailed description of our materiality assessment.

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We exemplify open communication with our stakeholders.