Environmental Sustainability,
Social Responsibility and
Corporate Governance

Sunstone Hotel Investors is committed to conducting our business according to the highest moral and ethical standards. As owners of Long-Term Relevant Real Estate®, we take a holistic view of investing in our assets, which means balancing the best interests of our stockholders, the environment, our employees, the hotel associates, guests and the communities in which we own hotels.

Our ESG Strategy & Commitment

As part of our company strategy, we aim to create lasting value through ownership of hotels. This strategy, combined with focused asset management and a flexible balance sheet, enables us to make meaningful investments to improve the environmental performance of our assets, as well as enhance the quality of the work environment for the hotel employees and support the communities in which we own hotels.


Throughout our portfolio, our Engineering and Asset Management teams continuously monitor energy, waste and water consumption and costs, as well as work with our operators to identify areas for improvement. We focus our ESG-oriented investments by identifying four primary factors: (i) properties with high energy consumption and/or high utility cost; (ii) dated equipment that is inefficient or nearing end-of-useful-life; (iii) initiatives that support our long-term sustainability goals or mitigate identified risks, and (iv) available incentives associated with all potential investments.


5.8% reduction in Energy Intensity per square foot in 2019 compared to 2015 baseline


9.4% reduction in Water Intensity per square foot in 2019 compared to 2015 baseline


16.4% reduction in GHG Emissions Intensity per square foot in 2019 compared to 2015 baseline


4.1% reduction in Waste Intensity per square foot in 2019 compared to 2015 baseline

Social Impact

We strive to create a healthy and supportive workplace for Sunstone Hotel Investors employees through establishing a safe, inclusive, and accommodating work environment, as well as offering competitive wages & benefits, and career development opportunities. We also work with our hotel managers to offer the same support for hotel associates. Furthermore, we seek to support the communities where we work and own hotels through community outreach programs and philanthropic efforts.


Since 2015, the Sunstone Community Involvement Program has donated over $552,000 to nearly 130 charities, and, in 2021, employees donated over 350 pounds of food through Families Forward

ceo action

Sunstone is a proud participant of the in the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion™ pledge


Sunstone fully supports and encourages all of our operators to adopt and abide by the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s 5-Star Promise


Our corporate governance follows industry best practice to ensure a high level of transparency, accountability and effective management. Our Corporate Governance Guidelines outline the operational procedures of our Board of Directors and its committees, and sets forth a common set of expectations. Three primary committees: the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, are overseen by the Board to ensure compliance with policies and procedures, including Board composition and executive and management compensation. For additional information, please visit our Corporate Governance page.


Adopted a shareholder’s right to amend bylaws, opted out of Maryland Business Combinations Act, prohibited adopting a shareholder’s rights plan, and adopted proxy access.


Enterprise-level risk assessment conducted quarterly by the Audit Committee and reviewed annually by the entire Board.


Non-classified board with annual election of all directors with majority voting in all uncontested elections.

Corporate Responsibility References

Past Reports