Governance

Advocacy and collaboration

Public Policy and Government Affairs

Equinix believes our responsibility as a good corporate citizen includes active engagement to advance progress on our key pubic policy priorities. These include increasing access to clean energy, improving resilience in the energy sector and enabling a more connected and secure world. Our Public Policy and Government Affairs Team is committed to working alongside a wide range of stakeholders at all levels of government, including local, regional, federal and international governments, as well as organizations in the communities in which we operate.

Equinix has established a cross-functional Public Policy Council comprised of executives with global responsibility to provide oversight and advice on relevant public policy concerns. Equinix’s public policy function reports into Equinix’s chief compliance officer and all activity in this area is reviewed and governed by our chief compliance officer in consultation with the chief legal officer and the board’s Governance Committee.

In 2020, we published a Public Policy Activities Policy which defines our policies on trade association engagements, political contributions and issue advocacy efforts.

Political Contributions Policy and Disclosure

Equinix prohibits independent expenditures on behalf of candidates at any level of government. This includes political contributions made in support of, or against, a candidate that are not made through a Political Action Committee (PAC) or to a candidate’s campaign and are made without a candidate’s request or coordination. Under the Equinix Code of Business Conduct, company employees are prohibited from making or committing to political contributions on behalf of Equinix.

Equinix discloses the details of contributions—including identification of the organization or candidate and amount contributed—in a political contributions report on a semi-annual basis. As required by the Lobby Disclosure Act, Equinix files quarterly reports on its federal lobbying activities and expenditure. These reports can be accessed through the lobby contribution filing search page on the lobbying disclosure page of the U.S. Congress website.

Learn more about our public policy activities here on our website

Advocacy and Collaboration

Equinix belongs to trade and industry associations in the United States and abroad. These organizations help Equinix stay informed of emerging issues and industry standards, analyze policy and political information, and provide educational opportunities for Equinix employees. Equinix’s membership in any trade association does not indicate our agreement with all views and positions taken by the association. As of December 31, 2020 we were members of the following organizations (note this list is not exhaustive):

Trade Organizations

  • Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)
  • European Data Centre Association (EUDCA)
  • Dutch Data Centre Association
  • Data Center Coalition (DCC)
  • Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC)
  • TechUK (United Kingdom)

Other Priority Groups

  • National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ESG Forum
  • Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA)
  • RE100
  • Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)

In 2020, we strengthened our engagement with several trade associations, including the, EUDCA , ITI and DCC to lend thought leadership and industry expertise with a goal to help shape the future of a more sustainable data center industry. Through these forums, we are actively advocating for policies that promote the generation and use of renewable energy and other low-carbon alternatives. We also seek to support change that will build strong and thriving communities and enable our data centers to play an integral role in the development of local sustainable ecosystems of buildings or developments that maximize environmental and social benefits. Additional areas of interest include tax, workforce development, data transfer and privacy/security. Several members of our leadership team have taken key roles in working groups focused on these important issues.

Raising the bar for the industry and ourselves

Over the course of 2020 and culminating in January 2021, Equinix, as a board member of EUDCA, spearheaded the development of the Climate Neutral Data Centre Operator Pact and Self-Regulatory Initiative (“The Pact”).

Equinix and the EUDCA proposed a model whereby data center operators would abide by a self-regulatory framework in support of the European Commission’s long term climate objectives. The Pact is the formal group organized to develop targets and commitments across the industry.

The Pact commits all data enter providers in The Pact to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, highlighting the industry’s leadership in support of the European Data Strategy and the European Green Deal, which aims to make Europe climate-neutral by 2050.

The Pact establishes a Self-Regulatory Initiative for the data center members, which commits Equinix, and other data center operator signatories, to set measurable and ambitious targets for 2025 and 2030 in the following areas:

  • Improve the efficiency of energy use;
  • Purchase 100% carbon-free energy;
  • Prioritize water conservation through the selection of efficient and appropriate cooling solutions;
  • Reuse, repair and recycle servers, electrical equipment and other related electrical components; and
  • Reuse data center heat where practical, environmentally sound and cost-effective.

“At Equinix we firmly believe that it will take a concerted effort by numerous companies, governments and people to protect our planet and create a better future. Which is why we’re proud to be a signatory of the Climate Neutral Data Centre Operator Pact and Self-Regulatory Initiative, to take a leap forward in an hopes our industry plays an important role in taking climate action and transitioning Europe to a green economy.”

– Maurice Mortell, Managing Director, Ireland, Equinix

Science-Based Targets and Climate Neutral Goal

Equinix has set science-based targets and climate neutral goal