At Digital Realty, we want to build a place where everyone feels included and sees opportunities to build their careers, regardless of who they are. We are committed to enhancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Digital Realty. In 2020, our, CEO has signed the CEO Action Pledge for Diversity & Inclusion, the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and in 2021 also became Co-Chair of Nareit's Dividends through Diversity, Equity & Inclusion CEO Council.
It is Digital Realty’s policy to recruit talent based on skill, knowledge, attitude and experience, without discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, age, family status, ethnic origin, nationality, disability or religious belief. We evaluate pay equity annually and have an affirmative action plan in place to ensure the diversity of our workplace will represent the qualified applicant pool in the regions where we operate.
Cultivating a Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Workforce
|Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council launched in 2020 to help create an even more inclusive Digital
Realty. Approximately 40 employees from across the U.S., EMEA and APAC, spanning various management levels, served on our DEI Council in 2021. These employees closely partnered with Human Resources and our Executive Leadership Team to ensure success and impact.
|Digital Realty's DEI objectives include promoting accessibility and opportunities for all employees
without discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or age. Furthermore, we want to ensure that Digital Realty reflects the diverse communities we operate in, globally.
Building Platforms for Employee Communities
Our grassroots Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) serve to promote diverse and inclusive cultures, providing opportunities to collaborate and connect with communities at Digital Realty and receive personal and professional development. Digital Realty's five ERGs seek to foster an environment in which employees can foster trust and support amongst each other.
- Women's Leadership Forum (WLF)
- Veteran's ERG
- Black ERG (BERG)
- Digital Pride (LGBTQI+)
- Digital Voices (Hispanic ERG)
Digital Realty has a global, comprehensive approach to gathering, measuring and fostering employee engagement. This includes annual surveys measuring company-wide and team engagement, executive-employee roundtables and smaller, as-needed pulse surveys. The results of the engagement surveys are aggregated into an Engagement Index Report that is shared with our Executive Leadership Team for developing companywide response. Quantitative results and qualitative feedback from these surveys and sessions are used to enhance employee engagement. Team leaders are provided direct access to their team’s results and are accountable for reviewing and discussing results, collaborating with the team on positive actions, and ensuring actions are completed to positively impact engagement.
Our Employee Recognition program is designed to celebrate employees who demonstrate our Company Values - Customer Focus, Teamwork, and Results-Driven. We recognize employees through: Manager Spot Awards, Peer-to-Peer High Five Awards, Quarterly Individual Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Awards, Quarterly Team GEM Awards, and the Annual CEO Circle Awards.
In 2021, we continued our partnership with our third-party engagement provider’s bespoke employee engagement platform to anonymously collect employee feedback and give managers the tools they need to listen to employee input, focus in on what matters, and take action to enhance employee engagement. We conducted an annual survey of
all Digital Realty employees to provide a real-time view of engagement conditions and received an 81% survey response rate, up from 70% in 2020. Overall, employee satisfaction with working at Digital Realty remained strong through the challenges of 2021, and employees appreciate the company's approach to managing through the pandemic. Employee feedback indicated they feel supported by their managers and are increasingly confident in the prospects for our company’s growth.
Training and Development
Digital Realty promotes an environment of personal and professional learning and development. Our Training Policy outlines our objectives to support Digital Realty through the ongoing training and development of employees to extend the range of individual performance, respond positively to change and support our customers consistently regardless of geographic location. We encourage employees at all levels and employment types, as well as contractors to pursue training and education courses specific to their expertise. Our Digital University program includes training courses covering Operations, Legal, Ethics and Compliance, Management and Leadership, Risk Management, Sales, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Information Security and Privacy.
100% of our employees received training on Cybersecurity, Global Data Privacy, Insider Trading, FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) and Anti-Corruption Compliance in 2021. We maintain an anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policy which includes mandatory harassment training for all managers, and in 2021 we mandated this training to all U.S. employees. We also offer unconscious bias training and other workplace diversity and inclusion trainings in our Digital University training portal.
|In total, Digital Realty employees spent an average of 13 hours per FTE on training and development, totaling 45,654 hours. An additional 1,553 contractors were trained at an average of 11 hours, totaling 17,720 hours.|