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Organizational transparency

Organizations that espouse fair, equitable and just treatment toward their workforce help create a culture of reduced stress and greater employee satisfaction, as well as a heightened sense of loyalty. Research shows that high levels of perceived justice in the decision making process at work are correlated with a lower risk of poor health, whereas declining levels of perceived justice can in turn increase such risk. By transparently sharing their policies and investment decisions, organizations not only allow employees, clients and patrons to determine if their personal values are shared by the organization, but also provide them the opportunity to voice their opinion about the organization’s social equity practices.

Part 1: Transparency Program Participation

The entity seeking WELL certification or WELL compliance must participate in one of the following programs, and results must be publicly available within the project premises and on the entity's website:

a.72 The JUST program operated by the International Living Future Institute (for more information, see
b.181 Sustainability reporting following the G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines organized by the Global Reporting Initiative (for more information, see

Applicability Matrix

Core & Shell New & Existing Buildings New & Existing Interiors
Part 1: Transparency Program Participation - O O
Commercial Kitchen Education Multifamily Residential Restaurant Retail
Part 1: Transparency Program Participation - O - O O

Verification Methods Matrix

Letters of Assurance Annotated Documents On-Site Checks
Part 1: Transparency Program Participation Policy Document Spot Check

International Living Future Institute. JUST User Manual. Published 2013. Accessed September 15, 2014.


The JUST program "provides an innovative social justice transparency platform for organizations to disclose their operations, including how they treat their employees and where they make financial and community investments."


Global Reporting Initiative. G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines: Reporting Principles and Standard Disclosures. Published 2013. Accessed June 9, 2015.


The Global Reporting Initiative's G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines offers a framework for standardized, sustainability reporting.