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Boston Properties Sustainability Report 2011

WHEREAS:
Investors increasingly seek disclosure of companies' social and environmental practices in the belief that they impact shareholder voice. Many investors believe companies that are good employers, environmental stewards, and corporate citizens are more likely to be accepted in their communities and to prosper kong-term. According to Innovest, an environmental investment research consuitant, major investment firms including ABN~AMRO, Neuberger Herman, Sohroders, T, Rowe Price, and Zurich Scudder subscribe to information on companies' social and environmental practices. 
 
Sustainability refers to development that meets present needs without impairing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, The Dow Jones Sustainability Group defines corporate sustainability as “a business approach that creates tong-term shareholder value by embracing opportunities and managing risks deriving from economic, environmental and social developments"
 
Globally, over 1,900 companies produce reports on sustainability issues (www.corporaterogistenoom), including more than  of the global Fortune 500 (KPMG International Survey of Corporate Responsibility Reporting 2005). 
 
Companies increasingly recognize that transparency and dialogue about sustainability are elements of business success. For example, Unilever’s Chairman stated in a 2003 speech, “So when we talk about corporate social responsibility, we don't see it as something business "does" to society but as something that is fundamental to everything we do. Not just philanthropy or community investment, important though that is, but the impact of our operations and products as well as the interaction we have with the societies we serve." 
 
An October 6, 2004 statement published by social research analysts reported that they value public reporting because “we find compelling the large and growing body of evidence linking companies' strong performance addressing social and environmental issues to strong performance in creating long-term shareholder value...We believe that companies can more effectively communicate their perspectives and report performance on complex social and environmental issues through a comprehensive report than through press releases and other ad hoc communications.” (www.eoclalìnvest.org) 
 
RESOLVED: Shareholders request that the Board of Directors issue a report to shareholders, by June 30, 2012, at reasonable cost and omitting proprietary information, on the Company's sustainability policies and performance, including multiple, objective statistical indicators. 
 
Supporting Statement 
 
The report should include the Company`s definition of sustainability, as well as a company-wide review of company policies, practices, and indicators related to measuring long-term social and environmental sustainability.
 
We recommend that the Company use the Global Reporting Initiatives Sustainability Reporting Guidelines {"The Guidelines") to prepare the report. The Global Reporting initiative (wwvv.giobaireporting.org) is an international organization with representatives from the business, environmental, human rights, and labor communities, The Guidelines provide guidance on report content, including performance in six categories (direct economic impacts, environmental, labor practices and decent work conditions, human rights, society, and product responsibility). The Guidelines provide a flexible reporting system that permits the omission of content that is not relevant to company operations. Over 900 companies use or consult the Guidelines for sustainability reporting.