At ShopCore we are committed to protecting the environment and to improving the lives of those around us. We derive satisfaction from knowing that our charitable efforts and sustainability initiatives are leaving our communities better than we found them.
In 2019, 10.5% of Americans were living in poverty. COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on this number, and the reality is that more Americans, including children, are facing hunger and poverty today.
At ShopCore, we believe it is unacceptable for any child to go hungry. In collaboration with other Blackstone real estate companies, we developed CoreGiving, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to reducing childhood hunger in the communities we serve. Through our Dollars, Hours, Meals program, we are committed to donating $200,000, volunteering 1,500 hours (8 hours per employee) and providing 1,000,000 meals this year. Our collective partnership includes Beam Living, BRE Hotels & Resorts, Link Logistics, LivCor, Longview Senior Housing Advisors and Revantage Corporate Services.
In 2018, we held our first March Madness Bracket Battle Fundraiser, designed to benefit the San Diego Food Bank’s “Food 4 Kids Backpack Program.” In response to the COVID-19 outbreak during our 2020 fundraiser, we shifted from Brackets to Backpacks and raised over $830,000 to support 27 food banks and charities nationwide. With these funds, we provided over 4.1 million meals to hungry children across the country.
We proudly advocate for all our teammates through our SEED & DEI initiatives.
SEED is our female-focused program designed to foster professional and personal growth through targeted events, enhanced relationships, strategic business development opportunities and career direction. We strive to support, empower, engage and develop our female employees at all levels.
Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee fosters a professional environment that is diverse, equitable, inclusive and supportive. We are committed to sustaining this environment by recognizing, celebrating and leveraging each colleague’s value, unique perspectives and contributions.
We continually evaluate our portfolio, searching for opportunities that will improve our operational efficiency, reduce our environmental footprint, and benefit the community.
For example, new energy efficiency strategies at The Shops at Skyview in Flushing, NY eliminated 5,400 tons of carbon, equivalent to eliminating the greenhouse gas emissions from 1,046 passenger vehicles for one year and the consumption of 554,477 gallons of gasoline. Our collective work has made an impact equal to planting almost three Central Park’s worth of trees.