Corporate Giving and Community Involvement
Digital Realty is committed to giving back to the communities where we operate and we continue to encourage and celebrate community involvement and employee engagement activities through our Do Better Together initiative. Our program includes:
- Community Involvement and Corporate Giving Program: In 2020, Digital Realty committed $1 million in overall philanthropic support to help global and local charitable organizations on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. This included donations to the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Society’s and World Health Organization’s COVID-19 relief funds to support efforts to combat COVID-19 globally, especially in communities experiencing the most urgent need. Additionally, we conducted an employee survey to select two charities battling the pandemic in each of the regions we operate in (six charities total) to receive funding directly from Digital Realty. In partnership with Megaport, we also announced that for the month of April 2020, we were waiving port fees for six months for new ports on Service Exchange across our global portfolio to anyone in the government, medical, emergency services, and education verticals as part of our COVID-19 response.
We also made a significant gift to the Equal Justice Initiative in the wake of racial and social unrest in the summer, and encouraged employees to purchase a book on the topic of racial justice on behalf of the company as part of our companywide listening and learning journey. In March 2021, the company made a donation to Stop AAPI Hate in response to the anti-Asian hate crimes.
- Donate 8 Program: Employees are allotted eight hours of paid time-off per calendar year during regularly scheduled work hours to volunteer for eligible organizations.
- Matching Gifts Program: We encourage our employees and directors to give back to the community by matching their contributions to eligible charitable organizations through our Matching Gifts Program. In June 2020, Digital Realty doubled all employee donations ($2 in company matching for every $1 donated by employees) to non-profit groups that support civil rights and announced that it would continue to do so for all charitable donations through the end of 2021. In 2020, Digital Realty matched approximately $289,000 in employee and director donations to more than 200 charitable organizations globally.