CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY

Corporate Culture and Employees

We seek to provide a dynamic work environment that promotes the retention and development of our employees and is a differentiating factor in our ability to attract new talent. We also are committed to providing our employees a rewarding work experience that allows for career development. We strive to offer our employees attractive and equitable compensation, regular opportunities to participate in professional development activities, outlets for civic engagement and reasonable flexibility to allow a healthy work/life balance. Our employees further our commitment to social responsibility through their efforts to become involved in outside organizations that promote education, environmental and social well-being.

We have a talented and diverse group of employees, and we are committed to providing a positive work environment for them. We value equal opportunity in the workplace and fair employment practices. The following highlights certain key aspects of our corporate culture:

  • We Value Diversity and Inclusion. We have built a diverse and inclusive culture that encourages, supports and celebrates the diverse voices and backgrounds of our employees. We believe a diverse employee base enhances our execution as a company, encourages innovative thinking and increases alignment with our tenants and the community around us. The following charts highlight our commitment to diversity:

Gender Diversity

42% Female

Total Company

Racial/Ethnic Diversity

37% Diverse

Total Company

Gender Diversity

70% Female

Non-Executive
Management

Racial/Ethnic Diversity

30% Diverse

Non-Executive
Management

Additionally, we have a consistent and strong record of hiring veterans of the U.S. military, including our Chief Executive Officer and our Senior Vice President of Investments.

  • Diversity Recognition. In both 2020 and 2021, we were named a “Champion of Board Diversity” by the Forum of Executive Women, a network of executive women that began in 1977 and is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Attractive Compensation. Our compensation package includes attractive market-based base compensation and the following additional elements:
    • Equity incentive compensation available to all employees annually;
    • Health benefits (medical, dental and vision) for all employees and their families (see below); and
    • A 401(k) plan (with a Company match equal to 100% of the first 6% of eligible compensation).

Our compensation program is designed to attract and retain talent, and to align our employee’s efforts with the interests of all of our stakeholders. Factors we evaluate in connection with hiring, developing, training, compensating and advancing individuals include, but are not limited to, qualification, performance, skill and experience. Our employees are fairly compensated based on merit, without regard to color, race, sex, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, or any other status protected by applicable law.

  • 100% Inclusion in our Equity Incentive Program. All of our employees participate in our equity incentive program. As a result, all of our employees are owners in EPRT and therefore have significant alignment with the interests of our stockholders.
  • Health, Family and Wellness. We strive to promote a healthy work/life balance for our employees. We have an onsite gym that is accessible and free of charge for all employees. We ensure our health benefits and coverages are attractive and supportive of the needs of individual employees and employees with families. We cover nearly 100% of the cost of health benefits for each employee. We supplement the costs of a comprehensive annual physical for our named executive officers. While we returned to in-person staffing on Monday through Thursday for all employees, as the effects of COVID-19 have abated, we maintained our work-from-home policy on Fridays. We also utilize a “personal time off” (or PTO) program for our employees, which allows for at least four weeks of paid time off per year per employee.
  • Investing in our Employees. We provide a market leading matching investment under our 401K program for our participating employees benefit, whereby we match 100% of the first 6% of our employee’s investment in their individual 401K plan.
  • Professional Development. We offer our employees various continuing educational opportunities and reimbursement for certain educational expenses. We also offer reimbursement for certain costs associated with an employee’s professional certifications, including continuing education and preparation for certification examinations. We encourage our employees to grow within our organization, and we provide opportunities for employees to develop expertise in various aspects of our business, including acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, credit analysis, asset management, finance, and reporting and compliance. Employees are given regular feedback through formal annual performance reviews and an “open door” culture that encourages less formal guidance in “real time.” We support employees as they develop within our industry with memberships to industry organizations, such as the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts and the International Council of Shopping Centers. We periodically arrange “promotion dinners” to acknowledge and celebrate members of our team who have been promoted to positions of increasing responsibility.
  • Internship Program. We are committed to developing talented individuals through our paid college internship program by providing career learning opportunities and an introduction to our business to students at the outset of their careers. During 2021 and to date in 2022, we have had five individuals work as interns at the Company.

Our commitment to maintaining a positive work environment extends beyond offering attractive compensation and meaningful opportunities for professional development and advancement.

  • Employee Engagement. We hold weekly all-hands staff meetings virtually or at our corporate headquarters, where developments in, and objectives of, our business are broadly communicated. After each quarter, we hold a company-wide meeting, where we summarize overall corporate achievements and acknowledge significant employee contributions. At our weekly and quarterly meetings, all employees are encouraged to provide input into the development of our business and voice any suggestions or concerns that they may have.
  • Team Building. We believe that fostering a collegial work environment is an important element of driving long-term success. Accordingly, we strive to develop a supportive work environment through various events, such as Company-sponsored sports teams, an annual summer outing and a holiday celebration near year end, which are designed to foster an increasing level of collegiality among our employees and develop a shared sense of mission.
  • Civic Engagement. We are committed to improving the community around us, and we believe that giving back is an important part of being a responsible corporate citizen. We actively support many organizations in the greater Princeton, New Jersey area surrounding our corporate headquarters, and we encourage our employees to volunteer with organizations that are meaningful to them. We have been proud to support organizations such as:
    • The Capital Area YMCA;
    • The Victor Green Foundation;
    • Better Beginnings Child Development Center (an organization that provides affordable childcare for working parents); and
    • Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (an organization that seeks to cure childhood cancer and support families with children battling cancer).

During 2022, we look forward to continuing to support the organizations that we have been involved with previously, and we plan to identify new organizations to support which are contributors to the betterment of our local community and causes in which our employees participate.

  • Employee-Directed Engagement Initiatives. For our employees, we are committed to creating a diverse and vibrant workplace that respects individuality, helps every person realize his or her full potential, and includes persons with a broad range of experiences, backgrounds and skills that enable us to anticipate and meet the needs of our business and those of our tenants.

Essential Properties Realty Trust

info@essentialproperties.com
609.436.0619
47 Hulfish Street, Suite 210
Princeton, NJ 08542