Equinix is the world’s largest global data center Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). 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 came together to achieve their greatest business ambitions. Today, across 200 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers in 24 countries, Equinix interconnects the digital world, sparking new opportunities that are only possible when companies come together.
Equinix is proud to approach our sustainability efforts in the same agile way we solve our customers’ business challenges and are committed to a path of long-term sustainable growth. We are committed to mitigating the impact of our operations on the environment. We’ve created a workplace where all employees feel they are safe, they belong and they matter. And we are proud of our record of consistently maintaining a high standard of business ethics throughout our company.
In this interactive report website, we detail how we engage our stakeholders – investors, customers, employees and others to advance and evolve our environment, social and governance (ESG) efforts.
This report has been prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Standards: released June 2018
Back in 1998 when Al Avery and Jay Adelson founded Equinix, they believed that they had not only the opportunity, but the responsibility, to create a company that would be the steward of some of the most important digital infrastructure assets in the world. Today, this opportunity is as compelling as ever and 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 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. We are driven by a shared commitment to deliver strong operating performance while never losing sight of our “#inserviceto” mindset…….in service to each other, to our customers, to our shareholders and to the communities in which we operate. Guided by this commitment, each pillar of our Corporate Sustainability program must remain top of mind as we drive business performance while carefully considering the challenges and opportunities posed to our environment, employees and communities:
Environment: We have joined forces with numerous partners and peers on a committed path to achieve 100% clean and renewable energy across our global operations. In 2018, we made substantial progress against this goal, covering over 90% of our footprint worldwide with net-zero carbon emission renewable energy products. We are also partnering with like-minded companies to help bring about a low-carbon energy future, through influencing policy, energy buying, and energy innovation. In 2018, Equinix joined the industry-leading NGO, the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA) as a REBA board of directors member to help lead this agenda. We also received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Award for Excellence in Green Power Use, for the second consecutive year, recognizing our outstanding efforts to purchase green power in the U.S.
Social: We are committed to creating an environment where everyone can strive to be the best version of themselves and confidently bring their whole self to work. New and expanding programs such as our Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) Initiative aim to empower every employee in our company to feel “I’m safe, I belong and I matter” every day. For example, our Equinix Women Leaders Network of 1,700 employees is driving visibility of women in our workforce and encouraging the emergence of new leaders worldwide. And our Equinix Impact program continues to grow, enabling employees to co-create powerful opportunities to give back to their communities with the support of Equinix, and volunteering over 16,000 hours to local causes in 2018.
Governance: We know that operating with integrity means our company must execute to the highest standards without exception, and that an essential part of this is expecting and equipping our employees to lead the way. 100% of our employees complete ethics and compliance training annually and in 2018, we achieved this milestone for the 5th consecutive year. We have also made changes that provide for oversight by the Governance Committee of the Board of Directors for Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) matters, and have amended our governance documents to require that qualified women and individuals from minority groups are included in any pool from which Board nominees are chosen.
As a powerful global platform for digital business, we are trusted stewards of the digital infrastructure assets that make our modern economy work. But with this incredible privilege, comes a big responsibility: to innovate, grow and thrive while remaining #inserviceto the stakeholders we serve and the communities and world we inhabit. We are excited to share our latest corporate sustainability accomplishments with you, and look forward to keeping you up to date as we progress on this important journey.
CEO & President
“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. ”