Our People & Communities

Prioritizing people has always been part of the way we do business.

Our focus on people — and on improving their experiences in our workforce, industry, and communities — helps Hines remain a sustainable, resilient business, and we are furthering this important work through the lens of ESG.

Südkreuz, a residential-led mixed-use development in Berlin, is pursuing a DGNB Gold Certificate from the German Sustainable Building Council for sustainable construction.
Caption Südkreuz, a residential-led mixed-use development in Berlin, is pursuing a DGNB Gold Certificate from the German Sustainable Building Council for sustainable construction.

Our Commitments to Support our People and Communities

Hines will continue to expand on our legacy of supporting our people and communities by focusing on the following commitments:

  1. Support project teams by recording our performance, tracking future attainable housing projects, and identifying best practices and successes

  2. Track and expand diversity of suppliers

  3. Raise awareness of and access to real estate careers through education

  4. Enhance our people practices by adopting workplace policies that achieve greater equality, retention and representation

  5. Enhance employee health and wellness programs

  6. Expand and enhance Hines’ philanthropic and employee volunteering activities

DEI at Hines

Hines employees are our most valuable asset, and we strive to attract, support, and develop diverse talent and create an equitable, inclusive culture that helps Hines employees thrive.

Our Commitment to DEI

Hines is deeply committed to helping cities and communities thrive.

From our corporate philanthropy and industry partnerships to our employee giving and volunteer programs, we work to bring our firm's values to life by supporting people and the places they care about.

Hines teams in Beijing and Shanghai plants trees to celebrate Earth Day.
Caption Hines teams in Beijing and Shanghai plants trees to celebrate Earth Day.

Philanthropy & Partnerships

Our firm’s enduring legacy of community building and creating equal opportunities for all began with our founder, Gerald D. Hines. His commitment to social change continues to inspire the Hines family and our firm to give back and to invest in a bright and resilient future for people, their communities, and our industry. In honor of their grandfather’s legacy and work with the National Urban League, the third generation of the Gerald D. Hines family announced a matching grant program. Their initiative was created to address systemic racism and inequity through direct support to Amnesty International, the National Urban League, the National Black Child Development Institute, and the Equal Justice Initiative.

ULI Hines Student Competition

Gerald D. Hines partnered with ULI nearly two decades ago to create and fund the ULI Hines Student Competition. The competition offers graduate students in North America the chance to form teams and tackle real, large-scale land-use problems in major cities. Since the first ULI Hines Student Competition in 2002, At least 10,250 students on over 2,050 teams have participated.

ULI Hines Student European Competition

In 2020, ULI and Hines launched the program in Europe at the ULI Europe Conference, in Amsterdam. The winners, a team of four students from Politecnio di Milano, received a one-year ULI Europe membership and a fast track to the Hines internship program.

Employee Volunteering

At Hines, we encourage our employees across the globe to give back to communities and causes they care about. With programs like OurCommunity—our internal, opt-in, volunteer program in the U.S.—we give employees one paid day each year to volunteer for a charity of their choice. Hines has a dedicated Community Outreach & Engagement Lead to leverage volunteers from across Hines to build deeper connections within the communities we serve and enhance the firm through increased corporate social responsibility initiatives.

Hines India Plants Trees to Celebrate Founder's Day

Employees plant 70-80 saplings on a patch of land that originally was devoid of greenery

Hines India Plants Trees to Celebrate Founder's Day

Employees plant 70-80 saplings on a patch of land that originally was devoid of greenery

Chicago Employees Partner with "Friends of the Chicao River"

Group supports clean-up efforts of Ping Tom Fieldhouse Park

City Harvest Volunteer Event

Hines New York/New Jersey/Connecticut employees participate in a food repacking effort

Hines Mexico Team Revitalizes Children’s Facility

Volunteer group returns to assist Children’s Psychiatric Hospital in Mexico City

Hines Mexico Team Revitalizes Children’s Facility

Volunteer group returns to assist Children’s Psychiatric Hospital in Mexico City

London Office Volunteers at Blackfriars Settlement

Community center supports vulnerable and elderly residents

London Office Volunteers at Blackfriars Settlement

Community center supports vulnerable and elderly residents

Houston Groups Give Back

Teams at 600 and 601 Travis hold their annual Holiday Toy Drive

Houston Groups Give Back

The Innovation Team and Business Technology Group Hold myCommunity Day at the Houston Food Bank

Houston Groups Give Back

Employee Relations volunteers at the Houston Food Bank

New York Office Participates in myCommunity Day

Employees peel, chop, stack and label meal items for on-site chefs and bakers at God's Love We Deliver in Manhattan

Project Row Houses Volunteer Day

Employees participate in first in-person myCommunity day of 2021

Project Row Houses Volunteer Day

Employees participate in first in-person myCommunity day of 2021

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