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Purpose, Values & Culture


At AvalonBay, we're driven by a bold purpose: creating a better way to live. We do this by providing distinctive apartment living experiences and contributing to the vitality of local communities. All AvalonBay associates have a role to play in bringing our purpose to life. Purpose, values and culture are the connective tissue that bind AvalonBay associates across functions, geography, and time, and inspire and motivate us to create communities that our residents can proudly call home.

Our core values help guide our choices and actions.
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A commitment to integrity

Do the right thing - always

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A spirit of caring

Have genuine kindness and concern for others

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Focus on continuous improvement

Always try to get better


Our cultural norms reflect the behaviors and attitudes that best represent what it is like to work here and what those that have successful careers here have in common.

We Collaborate

We solve problems together in the best interests of all AvalonBay stakeholders—our customers, associates, shareholders and communities. In making decisions, we consider other perspectives and listen to each other, our customers and the market. We share our time and knowledge with each other, and we actively seek ideas and support from others.

We Excel

We expect the best from ourselves and our colleagues. By being highly engaged in this way, we produce outstanding results. We are motivated self-starters who care and work intensely for AvalonBay’s success.

We Show Appreciation

We recognize and reward excellent performance, celebrating successes of all sizes in all areas. We provide open, honest feedback and we acknowledge the contributions of others.

We Innovate

We challenge convention and recognize problems as the seeds for innovation. We generate new ideas, offer better solutions and embrace change at all levels. Knowing that not all ideas will work, we test new concepts before implementing them full-scale, and we discuss and learn from our failures.

We Act Like Owners

We use the company’s resources responsibly. We take smart risks by weighing the pros and cons of decisions, and we take ownership of and accountability for our choices and actions. We act in ways that focus on creating value for our customers, investors and associates.

We Champion Inclusion & Diversity

We treat everyone respectfully, demonstrating a spirit of caring for others. We value diverse perspectives and experiences and provide an environment where all associates are comfortable being themselves. We are stronger together because of our differences.

We Are Thoughtful & Thorough

We use reliable data and sound judgment when making decisions and taking action. That means we do our homework and avoid jumping to conclusions. We plan well, think through the big picture and evaluate the consequences of our decisions in order to best manage risks.