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Hines has utlized the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 framework and presents this report as “In accordance” — Core.

GRI Index
 Global Reporting Intiative GRI Indicator(s)
CEO LetterG4-1, G4-56
Global OrganizationG4-5 – 6, G4-8 – 9
Company ProfileG4-3 – 4, G4-7 – 9, G4-16 – 17
About Report 6.0G4-24 – 26, G4-28, G4-32
myLearningG4-LA10
GRI IndexG4-11 – 15, G4-18 – 23, G4-27, G4-29, G4-32 – 33
Submit FeedbackG4-30, G4-31
General Standard Disclosures
Strategy and Analysis
G4-1
Provide a statement from the most senior decision-maker of the organization (such as CEO, chair, or equivalent senior position) about relevance of sustainability to the organization and the organization’s strategy for addressing sustainability.
Organizational Profile
G4-3
Report the name of the organization.
G4-4
Report the primary brands, products, and services.
G4-5
Report the location of the organization’s headquarters.
G4-6
Report the number of countries where the organization operates, and names of countries where either the organization has significant operations or that are specifically relevant to the sustainability topics covered in the report.
G4-7
Report the nature of ownership and legal form.
G4-8
Report the markets served (including geographic breakdown, sectors served, and types of customers and beneficiaries).
G4-9
Report the scale of the organization, including:
  • Total number of employees;
  • Total number of operations;
  • Total capitalization broken down in terms of debt and equity;
  • Quantity of products or services provided;
  • Gross lettable area for assets under construction and management.
G4-10
Report the total workforce by region and gender.
G4-11
Report the percentage of total employees covered by collective bargaining agreements.
Not applicable.
G4-12
Describe the organization’s supply chain.
G4-13
Report any significant changes during the reporting period regarding the organization’s size, structure, ownership, or its supply chain, including:
  • Changes in the location of, or changes in, operations, including facility openings, closings, and expansions;
  • Changes in the share capital structure and other capital formation, maintenance, and alteration operations (for private sector organizations)
Not applicable.
Commitments to External Initiatives
G4-14
Report whether and how the precautionary approach or principle is addressed by the organization.
Hines does not specifically apply the precautionary principle as a criteria for decision-making. Related topics:
Risk Management
Sustainable Development
Conceptual Construction
G4-15
List externally developed economic, environmental and social charters, principles, or other initiatives to which the organization subscribes or which it endorses.
Not applicable.
G4-16
List memberships of associations (such as industry associations) and national or international advocacy organizations in which the organization:
  • Holds a position on the governance body;
  • Participates in projects or committees;
  • Provides substantive funding beyond routine membership dues; and
  • Views membership as strategic.
Identified Material Aspects and Boundaries
G4-17
  • List all entities included in the organization’s consolidated financial statements or equivalent documents.
  • Report whether any entity included in the organization’s consolidated financial statements or equivalent documents is not covered by the report.
G4-18
  • Explain the process for defining the report content and the Aspect Boundaries.
  • Explain how the organization has implemented the Reporting Principles for Defining Report Content.
The Hines Global Sustainability Officer, with two Hines employees that form the core sustainability team and an outside consultant with comprehensive understanding of GRI and with Hines, review and evaluate the Aspects and Indicators annually during the process of preparing the report. With the GRI G4 Guidelines and associated Construction and Real Estate Sector Supplement, Hines has leveraged the increased emphasis on materiality and stakeholder inclusiveness to focus on topics and aspects upon which the firm has greatest impact and influence within its core business. Hines is actively working to identify more direct and proactive means for stakeholder engagement to elicit meaningful feedback specificially related to the firm’s sustainability priorities and performance, and to help confirm and/or expand the scope topics identified as material by Hines.
G4-19
List all the material Aspects identified in the process for defining report content.
GRI Index: Material Aspects
G4-20
For each material Aspect, report the Aspect Boundary within the organization.
At this time, Hines defines material aspects as those pertaining to functions performed directly by Hines Interests Limited Partnership (HILP) employees.
G4-21
For each material Aspect, report the Aspect Boundary outside the organization.
Services performed for Hines by third-party contractors are not reported as material aspects. Related topics:
Hines Policies
Contractor and Vendor Policies
G4-22
Report the effect of any restatements of information provided in previous reports and the reasons for such restatements.
Not applicable.
G4-23
Report significant changes from previous reporting Periods in the Scope and Aspect Boundaries.
Not applicable.
Stakeholder Engagement
G4-24
Provide a list of stakeholder groups engaged by the organization.
CRESS: G4-24 Additional disclosure requirements.
Identify and report those stakeholder groups that are engaged at the organizational level and those that are engaged at a project or asset level.
G4-25
Report the basis for identification and selection of stakeholders with whom to engage.
G4-26
Report the organization’s approach to stakeholder engagement, including frequency of engagement by type and by stakeholder group, and an indication of whether any of the engagement was undertaken specifically as part of the report preparation process.
G4-27
Report key topics and concerns that have been raised through stakeholder engagement, and how the organization has responded to those key topics and concerns, including through its reporting. Report the stakeholder groups that raised each of the key topics and concerns.
No significant topics or concerns have been raised through stakeholder engagement. Hines investment managers and property managers respond to client and tenant concerns and requests at the property or fund level.
Report Profile
G4-28
Reporting period (such as fiscal or calendar year) for information provided.
G4-29
Date of most recent previous report (if any).

Report for year ending
December 31, 2015.
Hines Sustainability 5.0 Summary PDF

Report for year ending
December 31, 2014.
Hines Sustainability 4.0 PDF

Report for year ending
December 31, 2013.
Hines Sustainability 3.0 PDF

Report for year ending
December 31, 2012.
Hines Sustainability 2.0 PDF

G4-30
Reporting cycle (such as annual, biennial).
Annual
G4-31
Provide the contact point for questions regarding the report or its contents.
G4-32
  • Report the “in accordance” option the organization has chosen.
  • Report the GRI Content Index for the chosen option.
  • Report the reference to the External Assurance Report, if the report has been externally assured.
Assurance
G4-33
Report the organization’s policy and current practice with regard to seeking external assurance for the report.
At this time, Hines does not seek external assurance for sustainability report content.
Governance
G4-34
Report the governance structure of the organization, including committees of the highest governance body. Identify any committees responsible for decision-making on economic, environmental and social impacts.
Ethics and Integrity
G4-56
Describe the organization’s values, principles, standards and norms of behavior such as codes of conduct and codes of ethics.
Material Aspects and Specific Standard Disclosures
GRI Category
GRI Aspect
Management Approach (Qualitative)
Indicators (Quantitative)