2020 Corporate Responsibility Report

September 3, 2021 in Education, Social, Sustainability

A&B is excited to share its 2020 Corporate Responsibility Report, which highlights our environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts and progress made during the year. While we began 2020 with optimism to celebrate our 150th anniversary and to continue to advance our ESG program, we learned, along with everyone, that the arrival of COVID-19 would dampen our efforts. However, the pandemic provided an opportunity for us to demonstrate our long-time commitment to providing support to the communities we serve throughout Hawaii.

Alyson Nakamura, VP, Governance & Sustainability, shared “The year 2020 provided us a unique opportunity to demonstrate our core values and commitment as “Partners for Hawaii.”

Click here to see the full report.

Alexander & Baldwin’s 2020 Review of Giving

August 3, 2021 in Social

Alexander & Baldwin has a longstanding philanthropic tradition, which is as deeply rooted in our company culture as our 150 years of business in Hawaii.

In 2020, community investments by A&B’s Kokua Giving Program made a broad impact with $950,000 in contributions to 230 organizations across the state of Hawaii.

These investments in the community extended across Hawaii and fell into five main categories:

  1. Health, affordable housing and human services
  2. Education
  3. Community/civic
  4. Culture and the arts
  5. Environmental and land stewardship

The generosity of A&B’s employees bolstered monetary and in-kind support. They helped build vibrant communities with gifts of time, skills, leadership guidance and personal resources. A&B employees can be found picking up trash on beaches, organizing food drives, pitching in at community events, leading youth activities and walking miles for a variety of charitable causes.

To see the 2020 Review of Giving, click here.

 

Alexander & Baldwin Donated $950,000 To Support 230 Nonprofits during 2020

May 6, 2021 in Social

Article originally published on MauiNow.com

Alexander & Baldwin, a publicly traded real estate investment fund, donated $950,000 to support 230 nonprofit organizations across Hawaiʻi during its 2020 Kōkua Giving charitable program, according to the trust’s news release.

Nearly half of its donations were directed to housing and health & human service programs, many focused on addressing emergency food and housing needs created by COVID-19. In its 150th anniversary year, A&B said it was proud to navigate and respond to the changing needs of its communities, employees and long-standing non-profit partners, while working together to sustain healthy communities during this unprecedented year.

“This was a challenging year for all Hawai’i nonprofits, both those serving on the frontlines of COVID relief and those working to sustain the other safety nets in our communities,” said Meredith Ching, A&B executive vice president. “It was equally as challenging for funders as COVID restrictions made it difficult to remain connected with our communities and their needs.

“A&B’s charitable investments in 2020 reflect a year of intensified outreach and efforts to stay in lockstep and ahead of unanticipated and evolving needs. Partnerships are the cornerstone of our charitable giving and community programs, and we were happy to nurture long-standing relationships while building new ones, with first-time grants provided to nearly 50 local nonprofits, many ‘introduced’ to us through employees.”

In commemoration of A&B’s 150th anniversary in 2020, the company launched the “Kōkua150” program and invited employees to each identify a local nonprofit to receive a $150 grant funded by the company in the employee’s name. A&B employees directed a total of $25,500 to 86 Hawai’i nonprofits.

Nearly 40 percent of the “Kōkua150” designations were for COVID relief efforts such as food banks and safety net programs. The balance funded employees’ favored organizations and initiatives including public school PTAs, social justice programs, animal shelters and environmental causes across the islands.

“The Kōkua 150 program was a way to build and share A&B’s philanthropy with its employees as well as to follow their lead to the causes that mean the most to them,” Ching said.

Unprecedented challenges to the public education sector prompted an increased focus on the schools in A&B’s “neighborhoods”, where the company’s retail centers operate. A&B delivered $50,000 in unrestricted grants to 20 Hawai’i public schools across the state as the institutions incurred expenses related to new campus safety protocols and the shift to virtual learning due to COVID.

“We have long believed in supporting our neighbors, in good times and bad,” Ching said. “Our partner schools have exemplified a commitment to educating our keiki while providing critical socio-emotional learning tools during a time of financial and overall uncertainty.”

Vision, Mission and Values Refresh

April 6, 2021 in Other

As A&B progresses on its strategic transformation to focus exclusively on our Hawaii commercial real estate business, we’ve refreshed our Vision, Mission and Values. The refresh focuses on the next phase of the simplification and strengthening of our commercial portfolio, which includes supporting our communities by fulfilling their everyday needs at a nearby A&B neighborhood shopping center and expanding our commitment as Partners for Hawaii. Throughout our 150 years of evolving as a company, our core values have remained.

A&B Neighborhood Shopping Centers Host Program to Boost School Fundraising

April 6, 2021 in Education, Social

Alexander & Baldwin announced the results of its inaugural Kokua for Keiki program to raise funds for Oahu public elementary schools. Schools near A&B-owned and operated centers – Gateway at Mililani Mauka and Gateway at Mililani Mauka South, Kunia Shopping Center, Pearl Highlands Center and Waipio Shopping Center – were invited to participate as a means to replace annual fundraising activities cancelled due to the pandemic. The recently concluded program was a partnership between the A&B-owned centers, its patrons and nine neighboring public elementary schools.

Held over two months, Kokua for Keiki raised more than $11,000 to support participating schools. A true community-driven effort, patrons of the shops, restaurants and service providers at the five A&B shopping centers registered and designated the school of their choice online and then submitted shopping receipts throughout the campaign. Nearly 900 Kokua for Keiki receipts were tallied and converted into monetary grants for the schools.

“We extend our warmest mahalo to our customers for their support of our neighboring schools,” said A&B Executive Vice President and Chief Real Estate Officer Lance Parker. “This partnership is another example of how Hawaii comes together to support each other during challenging times. A&B looks forward to expanding Kokua for Keiki to other neighborhood schools and communities we serve across the state.”

Unrestricted grants were distributed to the following schools:

Gateway at Mililani Mauka and Gateway at Mililani Mauka South
Mililani Ike Elementary School – $1,800
Mililani Mauka Elementary School – $1,200

Kunia Shopping Center
Kaleiopuu Elementary School – $1,500
Honowai Elementary School – $1,000
Waipahu Elementary School – $750

Pearl Highlands Center
Pearl City Elementary School – $2,000
Manana Elementary School – $1,500
Lehua Elementary School – $1,000

Waipio Shopping Center
Kanoelani Elementary School – $500

Grace Pacific Names Myles Mizokami Chief Operating Officer

March 26, 2021 in Other

Alexander & Baldwin (NYSE: ALEX) (A&B) and its subsidiary Grace Pacific LLC (GP), Hawaii’s largest vertically-integrated materials and paving contractor, are pleased to welcome Myles Mizokami as GP’s chief operating officer.  

Myles joins Grace Pacific from Nan Inc., where he served as director, Civil Operations for more than ten years. Prior to this position, he worked in project management and field leadership at several other leading Hawaii contractors, primarily focusing on civil infrastructure projects, including roadway and utility improvements 

Myles Mizokami has served in various capacities on construction industry association and other advisory boards throughout his career. He earned a Bachelor of Science, electrical engineering degree from the University of Southern California (USC). 

See official news release here.

A&B Partners with Hawaiian Electric to Install EV Chargers on Properties

March 20, 2021 in Sustainability

A&B is committed to incorporating sustainable elements within its commercial real estate portfolio and operations. We have adopted various energy efficiency programs at our properties and continually look for new ways to support Hawaii’s clean energy goals, including incorporating PV systems on our properties.

In the short video below, Brad Santiago, A&B director, management and operations, discusses the installation of EV chargers at our properties through a partnership with Hawaiian Electric‘s five-year pilot program.

 

A&B’s “Kokua 150” Program 2020

January 11, 2021 in Social

To celebrate our 150th anniversary in 2020 we created the “Kokua 150” program that gave each employee $150 to designate to a local nonprofit of their choice. Little did we know how meaningful this program would become. Last year, 170 A&B employees participated in this program (over 90%), and together we donated $25,500 to Hawaii charities.

Employees, such as employee Charlie Loomis who designated his Kokua 150th donation to local organization HUGS as pictured above, designated their Kokua 150 grants to a wide range of organizations including food banks, schools, animal shelters, environmental groups, youth clubs, cultural organizations, and well-loved community programs.

A&B and AHL Take Top ICSC Award for Lau Hala Shops

January 6, 2021 in Sustainability

Alexander & Baldwin and AHL took top honors at the annual International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Global Awards North America for Lau Hala Shops in Kailua. The North America Design & Development Gold Award recognized the adaptive reuse of the mid-century modern department store that was built for Liberty House in 1953 and later rebranded Macy’s until its 2016 closure. The large, enclosed building was transformed into an open-air lifestyle center that played a prominent role in the revitalization of Kailua town with its vibrant mix of local and regional retailers, eateries and services.

“We are pleased to share this prestigious award with AHL for the transformation of this iconic building into a gathering place suited for the Kailua community,” said A&B EVP, Chief Real Estate Office Lance Parker. “A&B is grateful for the community’s input during the design process and for how residents are embracing the Center.”

Read the full Pacific Business News article here

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