Environmental, Social, and Governance
About This Disclosure

The core focus areas of our ESG strategy are informed by, and selected to align our disclosures with, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) framework, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the climate-related disclosure standards of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB), which integrate and build upon the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). For more information, please see Frameworks and Standards below. All data is as of December 31, 2023, unless otherwise stated. Please refer to Key Disclosures for essential cautionary information that qualifies the content on this ESG web page.

Our ESG Strategy and 2023 Highlights -

Our commitment to sound governance, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility within our teams and communities is at the heart of our corporate mission, business strategy, and ESG focus areas.

“At Ladder, we look beyond the hallways we pass through every day, and we strive to succeed, not just financially, but also in being positive corporate citizens.” – Brian Harris, CEO

Ladder Capital Corp (Ladder or the Company) believes that the proactive development and oversight of the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors that matter most to our business can help promote long-term value creation for our shareholders, employees, clients, communities, and other stakeholders.

Strategy Highlights

We evaluate our business operations and investment portfolio on an ongoing basis, guided by our commitment to execute the strategic ESG focus areas we consider accretive to our long-term business success. In 2023, we continued our progress in each area, as noted below:

Our ESG Strategy 2023 Highlights
Our Governance Principles
  • Accountability
  • Integrity
  • Risk Management
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  • The interests of our Executive Team (comprised of our CEO, President, CFO, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel (CAO), and Head of Asset Management) and Board of Directors (Board) remain aligned with shareholder interests, as they collectively own over $164 million in LADR stock (over 11% of the market capitalization)
  • 100% of our employees completed required ESG, legal and compliance, Code of Ethics, anti-discrimination, and cybersecurity training
  • Continued robust shareholder engagement, encouraging ongoing, meaningful dialogue about the matters our shareholders find most important
  • Received positive shareholder feedback on 2023 corporate governance changes, including the adoption of executive stock ownership guidelines and an executive compensation clawback policy, and the removal of the evergreen provision from our 2023 Omnibus Incentive Plan
  • Added supplementary disclosure regarding the composition of our ESG Committee and a table outlining Ladder Corporate Governance Highlights to this ESG web page (see Our Governance Principles below)
  • In November 2023, Ladder Capital Corp received an ESG Risk Rating of 17.9 from Morningstar Sustainalytics, assessed to be at low risk of experiencing material financial impacts from ESG factors.1
  • Strong performance across our loan and real estate investments, illustrating our credit risk management
  • Proven track record with < 0.1% in losses across all investments originated since inception
Our People
  • Diversity
  • Talent Recruitment, Development, and Advancement
  • Collaborative Culture
  • Competitive Compensation and Benefits
  • Employee Health and Safety
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  • 40% of our Executive Team is comprised of women, more than 20% of employees identify as female, and 56% of those are currently at Director+ level, including our President who also serves on our Board
  • 34% of all employees have been at Ladder for over 10 years and 42% have been at Ladder for over seven years
  • Promoted 25% of our employees in 2023
  • Held leadership development sessions for all of our non-management employees with a leading management consultant, following our management sessions held in 2022
  • Recognized the contributions of all employees to Ladder’s success through a New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Bell Ringing ceremony on the floor of the stock exchange
  • Introduced a Company-wide intranet and training library to facilitate information sharing and organizational cohesion
  • Launched the "Onward & Upward" slideshow in our headquarters’ communal space and on the home page of our intranet to recognize employee milestones, contributions, and accomplishments
  • Provided in-office adult CPR and infant/child CPR classes for all employees
  • Formalized our women’s affinity group to provide platforms to discuss topics important to women and provide mentorship to junior women employees
  • Maintained robust summer internship and legal externship programs
  • Our March 2024 employee survey had a 93% participation rate, with 93% of respondents reporting that they were enthusiastic about working at Ladder
  • Continued to provide our employees with remote and hybrid work opportunities
  • Contributed up to 90% of employee medical premiums and fully covered dental, vision and other premiums
Our Communities
  • Community Engagement
  • Community Development
  • Housing Access and Affordability
  • Property Improvements
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  • Actively participate in initiatives such as DREAM Charter School beautification and career day events, and God's Love We Deliver meal programs
  • Provide mortgage loans to fit the needs of smaller enterprises and local property owners with an average loan size of ~$25 million
  • Have 59 multifamily, manufactured housing, and mobile home (collectively, “multifamily”) investments. Using HUD's income categories, by loan count, 62% of these investments include affordable housing for low-income families, with 30% for very low-income families
Our Planet
  • Our Impact on Climate Change
  • Responsible Consumption
  • Environmental Investment Risk Management
  • Resiliency
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  • Updated our Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions estimate
  • Expect to reduce our energy usage as a result of our 2023-2024 cloud-based data migration from physical servers
  • 91% of respondents indicated that they commute via public or alternative transportation (e.g., walking or biking) per our March 2024 employee survey
  • The geographic diversity of our real estate and loan collateral properties helped limit the impact of 2023 named storms and natural disasters

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ESG Oversight

While the full Board has ultimate responsibility for ESG matters that impact our business, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee (NCG Committee) exercises primary Board oversight of ESG risk management, strategy, initiatives, and policies, in accordance with its charter. Our ESG Committee of cross-functional leaders, including our Head of ESG, meets quarterly and drives our ESG strategy development and implementation. Our Head of ESG is our CAO, who also has primary responsibility for Ladder’s corporate governance, capital markets activities, public relations, legal and compliance, human resources (HR), cybersecurity and risk management. The Head of ESG provides quarterly updates to the Board and other members of the Executive Team to keep them informed of, and to collaborate on, initiatives and progress within our ESG focus areas.

ESG oversight

Members of our cross-functional ESG Committee lend their experience and knowledge in relevant subject areas:

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