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SEAM Certification

our mission is simple: help organizations make a positive impact on the world. when your real estate project earns a SEAM Certification, it demonstrates a tangible commitment to social sustainability, which creates a better business overall. together, we can make the world a better place for everyone.

what is SEAM Certification?

SEAM stands for social equity assessment method. it is a third-party standard of real estate projects that certifies an organization's actions toward social sustainability as measured against internationally-accepted criteria. it is a vehicle for organizations to leverage corporate real estate and use it to make authentic, measurable gains in social responsibility beyond health and wellness to encompass matters like justice and equity.  

how it works

  • similar scorecard format to LEED and WELL

  • metrics tied to international standards for social sustainability

  • a SEAM Accredited Professional (AP) leads the process for silver and above

  • projects earn one of four certification levels: bronze, silver, gold, or platinum


project is registered in SEAM's database as a certification candiate


project is scored on criteria in 4 categories across the project lifecycle


project undergoes application review by third-party verification partner 


project is granted SEAM certification after an affirmative review decision

why certify?

the real question is, why wouldn’t you? a SEAM Certification is the easiest way to align your organization's social objectives with your core values while investing in real estate. so, while you’re doing good for others, you’re also showing potential customers and future talent what your company is made of. and that’s always good for business.

the first-ever social certification for real estate

​SEAM is a roadmap for developing socially sustainable real estate projects that measurably increase prosperity. the social equity assessment method is based on four indicators of social sustainability: social responsibility, social impact, social justice, and social accountability. the social indicators are rated by 8 concepts made up of 20 objectives that affect good outcomes for individuals, communities, and the world. for every project certified, we create a more connected, inclusive, and equitable planet.

a comprehensive approach to social sustainability

covering 20 objectives across 8 social sustainability concepts 

SEAM Certification is flexible for all project types, with options for customizing how social sustainability goals are approached and realized

b + i

buildings + interiors

new construction and renovations of buildings or interiors

o + m

operations + maintenance

operations + maintenance of existing buildings or interiors


community development

new land developments or redevelopments including community or placemaking projects

we are accepting wait list applications for pilot projects

apply now.

we are piloting a limited number of projects across each certification type to calibrate the SEAM global scorecard. use the form at right to apply for pilot project consideration. if your project is not selected, it will be added to the wait list in order of receipt. should wait times become incompatible with your project schedule, you may choose to register a different project in your existing slot.

SEAM Certification pilot project wait list application
Thank You to Our Founding Sponsors

Founding sponsors are an exclusive group of lifetime members that support our ability to carry out the vision of leveraging real estate to create a positive social impact in the world. 

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