Digital transformation is reshaping virtually every industry across the globe. But as this era of innovation accelerates, so does the demand for the resources that fuel our rapidly evolving digital world. As a leader in our industry, Equinix is committed to maximizing the benefits of technology for all people while minimizing its impact on our planet.
Interconnecting the digital world while growing sustainably is a challenge we thrive on tackling. Every day we innovate to protect, connect and power a more sustainable digital world.
As the world’s largest global data center Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), we realize we have the opportunity to make a significant positive impact. From the start, we saw our data centers as places where the fragmented elements of the early internet and the companies that forged those elements could come together to achieve their greatest business ambitions. Today, across 210 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers in 55 global markets in 26 countries, Equinix interconnects the digital world, sparking new opportunities that are only possible when people and companies come together.
This interactive report shares how we engage our stakeholders – investors, customers, employees and others – to uphold and advance our environment, social and governance (ESG) commitments.
This report has been prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Standards: released July 2018
As we reflect on the past year, we are filled with gratitude for our nearly 10,000 team members across the globe and for the passion they bring to keeping our customers at the center of everything we do. I am proud of what we have accomplished and am optimistic about what lies ahead, even in this time of increased physical isolation and uncertainty. Our hearts go out to all those who have been impacted by COVID-19 and now, more than ever, it is important for us to be united in community and remain #InServiceTo each other. We are privileged that the Equinix business model has been resilient through times of uncertainty, providing both the opportunity and responsibility to help our greater communities and planet at large.
Our business continues to perform year after year because our people, organization and culture remain #InServiceTo one another, enabling us collectively to be in service to our customers, to our shareholders and to the communities in which we operate. To further our #InServiceTo mindset, we are committed to protecting, connecting and powering a more sustainable digital world. We are advancing a bold sustainability agenda and have made meaningful progress across our environmental, social and governance commitments. In 2019, over 90% of our global data center energy consumption was covered by renewable energy sources, and we were recognized again by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for our leading green power use, ranking number four on the EPA’s National Top 100 Partners list and winning our third consecutive EPA Green Power Leadership Award. We also continued to expand our work with the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA) as a founding and board member where we educate our peers and advocate for a swift transition towards low-carbon energy, and call on other companies who care about climate change to join REBA and set renewable energy targets.
Diversity Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) is strategic priority for Equinix, and in 2019 we stood up a DIB working team, Allies Council of global senior leaders, and expanded our Equinix Employee Connection Networks (EECNs). As a part of CEO ACT!ON, Charles pledged, along with several hundred fellow CEOs, to build a more inclusive workplace. As a company, we recently held our first “Days of Understanding” conversations, creating room for authentic conversations about diversity and difference as we work toward making sure Equinix is a place where every employee can confidently say, “I’m safe, I belong, I matter.” We also added significant diversity and talent to our board to respond to the technology shifts shaping our industry with the outstanding additions of Sandra Rivera from Intel and, in January of 2020, Adaire Fox-Martin from SAP. Finally, we remain focused on equipping our employees with the training and knowledge needed to live our compliance principles, ensuring that Equinix remains a trusted and ethical partner. For the sixth year in a row we achieved 100% participation in our global compliance training.
We remain as confident as ever that we are playing the best hand in the industry. We continue to separate ourselves from our traditional competitors and expand our relevance to customers and our investors. We believe the market opportunity is expansive and is taking shape in ways that will require ongoing capability development and sustained investment in our people, culture, processes, footprint and technology. We are excited about the future of Equinix and honored to work with our dedicated teams around the world #InServiceTo our customers, to our employees, to our communities and to our shareholders. We are excited to share our latest corporate sustainability accomplishments and look forward to keeping you up to date as we progress on this important journey.
President and Chief Executive Officer
“As the leading global interconnection and data center company, Equinix is dedicated to powering, protecting and connecting the organizations and ecosystems that will shape this new era, and doing so in a sustainable and responsible way. ”