Equinix employees care that our environmental sustainability work is reflected in the facilities they see and occupy every day. We are committed to cultivating their passion and developing a culture and workplaces that foster sustainability through design, education and engagement.
During 2020, Equinix rolled out new global design guidelines for our office spaces incorporating sustainability as a key requirement. The guidelines contain global design and construction standards which reimagine the efficient use of space and integrate closely with our Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) approach.
This work builds on existing efforts to improve resource efficiency in our office spaces, such as:
Here are a few examples of how our team has advanced environmental sustainability within our offices worldwide:
We want to empower our employees to support our sustainability efforts. With their buy-in and engagement, we can maximize our positive impact. To embed a culture of sustainability within the organization, in 2020 we implemented training modules on sustainability topics foundational to Equinix’s work, such as understanding climate change, net zero buildings and the benefits of measuring and reporting environmental impacts. The deployment of these on-demand e-learning modules will help employees connect their daily activities with global environmental challenges.
We are also leveraging new local employee engagement mechanisms to promote education and action on environmental sustainability by our employees and in our communities. “Green” is one of six themes of our WeAreEquinix local groups.
In a year interrupted by COVID-19, Equinix employees had to pivot from traditional in-person to virtual engagement. We’re proud that enthusiasm remained high; the approach simply shifted as volunteering gave way to giving. Our employees raised the bar on giving, with many choosing to use their allocated matched funds toward environmental causes. For Earth Day 2020, we invited employees to take part in a virtual scavenger hunt as a fun way to learn about our sustainability efforts and celebrate the environment. Winners were offered charitable gift cards to be used for donations through our Equinix Impact Exchange. We also offered interactive employee-led sessions on environmental impacts including home gardening. A summary of environmental-related donations is below.
|SDG #||SDG Category||Volunteer Hours|
|6||Clean Water and Sanitation||3||26||$724||$24,307|
|11||Sustainable Cities and Communities||1391||11,795||$679,450||$1,628,546|
|15||Life on Land||261||3453||$69,995||$209,835|
Of the 2020 donations about $31,000 was donated to environmental causes dedicated to conservation, beautification and environmental protection including to well-known NGOs such as the Nature Conservancy.