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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)


We are committed to enhancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Digital Realty. Our CEO A. William Stein has signed the CEO Action Pledge for Diversity & Inclusion, the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Mr. Stein also became Co-Chair of Nareit's Dividends through Diversity, Equity & Inclusion CEO Council in 2021.

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.

We amended our Corporate Governance Guidelines to clarify that our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will ensure that it includes, and request that any search firm that it engages include, candidates with diversity of race, ethnicity and gender in the pool from which director candidates are selected. In 2020, Digital Realty formally launched its DEI Employee Leadership Council to assess the current state and opportunities for progress, formulate a cohesive strategy and ultimately lead Digital Realty’s global DEI effort. The DEI Council is led by employees spanning various management levels and global regions with program support from Executive Sponsors.

View 2019 Employee Diversity Statistics >

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A Platform for Women

Digital Realty’s Women’s Leadership Forum (WLF) was established in early 2018 with the purpose of bringing together the women at Digital Realty to promote a diverse and inclusive culture and help deliver the next wave of digital innovation. WLF’s goal is to provide an opportunity to collaborate with, mentor and seek input in regard to professional and career development. WLF’s executive sponsors are our Chief Executive Officer, William A. Stein, and Board Member Mary Hogan, and has a regionally diverse steering committee with regional chapters in all of Digital Realty’s major markets.

In its first full year, WLF was extremely successful in implementing activities that encompassed WLF’s pillars of Inspire, Empower, Develop, Grow and Engage. WLF’s 2019 activities included:

  • Hosting global and regional events, including “Lunch/Learn” events, with external speakers supporting professional development
  • Launching and hosting a Company-wide webinar program, or “Masterclass Series”, covering topics to enhance Digital Realty business knowledge and self-development
  • Creating and distributing bi-monthly newsletters, new hire welcomes, ad-hoc communications, and videos
  • Organizing and participating in community involvement activities, including career mentoring with a San Francisco non-profit organization that partners with high school-aged young women of color from under-resourced communities, and charity events from Ashburn to Singapore supporting local women’s shelters and homeless shelters
  • Participating in external events to encourage networking with similar groups and forums, including the Women’s Tech Forum (WTF) and Tech Industry Forum

Employee Engagement

Digital Realty has a global, intentional and continuous approach to measuring and enhancing employee engagement, which includes quarterly surveys, consistent leadership communications, executive- employee roundtables and focus groups. We implement employee engagement platforms to anonymously collect employee feedback and give managers tools to focus in on what matters and take action to enhance employee engagement. These surveys are deployed quarterly to give us a real-time view and measure firm-wide and team-wide engagement conditions. Survey results are aggregated into an Engagement Index Report that is shared with our executive leadership team. Quantitative results and qualitative feedback from these surveys and sessions are used to enhance employee engagement. Digital Realty also provides a range of award and recognition programs to show its appreciation for employees that go above and beyond, including on-the-spot awards, quarterly company-wide recognition and innovation awards.

Training and Development

Digital Realty promotes an environment of personal and professional learning and development. Our Training Policy outlines Digital Realty’s objectives to support our employees 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 to pursue training and education courses specific to their expertise.

Our Digital University program offers training courses specific to eight core competency areas:

  • Operations
  • Legal, HR, Ethics & Compliance
  • Management & Leadership
  • Sales
  • Sales Engineering
  • Business Management Skills
  • Information Security & Privacy
  • Solutions Architecture
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