Diversity and Inclusion
Our human capital is our most valuable asset. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and company’s commitment to excellence.
We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.
Bridge is one of the few vertically integrated managers in the Real Estate space. We integrate property management, asset management, and fund management, enabling us to powerfully leverage the ESG principles of UN PRI across all of our actions. This approach enables us to more effectively plan, execute, monitor, and report investment progress.
Project Access & Others
We believe that connectivity builds and strengthens communities. We enhance the opportunity for our residents to connect with one another, as well as the broader community in which they are located, through long-lasting partnerships we have established with Project Access. The Bridge Project Access sites have a dedicated Resident Services Coordinator that works closely with the property management team to provide valuable resident services in four key areas:
- Health & Wellness
- Economic Stability
- Education For Youth
- Community Building
We track and communicate quantifiable results of the impact of our collective efforts in our IRIS reporting. See the latest Project Access Impact Report for more.
Bridge Women’s Network
The Bridge Women’s Network (BWN) is an affinity group designated to foster a strong community of professionals that promote the recruiting, development, and retention of talented female leadership. This includes exchanging experiences, ideas and best practices, promoting mentorship, training and development, and engaging leaders and networks for effective advocacy and sponsorship. The BWN Executive Mentorship Program prepares senior-level women for Board Membership and C-Suite positions. The program includes 360 review focused on leadership qualities, stretch assignments, leadership development training, and a dedicated leadership retreat to mentor, prepare and advance senior women into Board and Executive positions.
Bridge Credit Plus
Through Bridge Credit Plus, our residents have access to FinStrong technology, which allows them to report their rent payments to major credit bureaus to assist them in building credit. Many participating residents report they were “unscoreable” prior to participating in the program. Bridge Credit Plus is subsidized for all residents as an “opt out” program, and participating residents have experienced an average credit score increase of 48 points.
Bridge Employee Emergency Support Initiative
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we launched the Bridge Employee Emergency Support Initiative to provide additional support to the safety, health, and well-being of our employees. The Initiative outlined that Bridge would continue to pay employees’ regular salary or hourly pay during absence from work due to COVID-19 illness, self-quarantine, and/or to care for COVID-19-infected family members whether capable of working remotely or not.
In Queens, New York, we have partnered with New Yorkers For Children (the nonprofit partner to the Administration for Children’s Services) to fill gaps in the child welfare system and support foster care youth, by assisting them with college enrollment, supporting them through graduation, and helping them develop workforce skills.
This partnership is part of the Bridge Charitable Gift Fund’s community revitalization efforts, which include our Opportunity Zones initiative and Bridge to Education scholarship program. The majority of the annual grant goes toward supporting one year of NYFC’s signature Back to School Package Program (BTS). Through BTS, these youth receive brand-new laptops, complete with antivirus software, as well as $100 per semester ($200 annually) for textbook support. The other portion of the donation goes towards providing additional, more substantial scholarships to two college students living or attending school in Queens who join the rest of our “Bridge Scholars.” Our partnership with NYFC amplifies the impacts of our Opportunity Zone real estate development with philanthropic dollars that will meaningfully support the local Queens community.
Bridge is a Founding Sponsor of the PREA Foundation, in partnership with the first-ever Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Real Estate track. SEO has a 35-year track record of success providing select educational and internship opportunities to college students from underrepresented backgrounds.
As a proud sponsor of the Toigo Foundation, Bridge supports the career advancement and leadership of underrepresented talent in the finance industry, with a focus on identifying and developing MBA level talent. Bridge is a Gold sponsor of the Toigo annual gala, a breakthrough sponsor of Groundbreakers as a champion for the advancement of women, and an MBA Catapult sponsor.
The Bridge “Boots-on-the-Ground” partnership with Shoes that Fit sponsors brand-new athletic shoes for children in need in the Bridge local footprint. With a mission to tackle one of the most visible signs of poverty by giving children new sneakers to attend school with dignity and joy, Bridge’s nationwide program boosts school attendance, self-esteem, social interaction, and physical activity, inspiring children to jump higher and run faster towards their goals. In 2019, Bridge sponsored brand-new shoes for 1,200 children across 6 elementary schools in our communities (New York, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Orlando and San Francisco).
With the senior population at a higher risk of COVID-19, our Bridge Senior Living teams worked harder than ever to keep them safe, healthy, and engaged in uplifting activities. In an effort to keep our older residents connected, Bridge Senior Living partnered with Birmingham-based marketing firm LUCKIE to kick start Radio Recliner. Quarantined Bridge Senior Living residents participate on the online radio as guest DJs, telling stories, reading books or playing their favorite songs while sharing messages from families to the residents across the communities.
ENGAGE WITH US
We live in an interdependent global environment and are eager to collaborate in ways that align with our mission and values to support those we seek to serve. We welcome our stakeholders and partners to engage with us, so that together we can invest in ways that do both well and good. Get in touch with us to learn more.