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Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)

Being a good global citizen isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s smart business. Explore how our commitment to ESG is helping enterprises cut costs and meet their sustainability goals.


Building for a better tomorrow.

Elevating efficiency

Energy efficiency is better for the planet and lowers costs for our customers. We are honored to be the only data center company named the Energy Star Partner of the Year by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for our energy efficiency efforts. 

Reducing waste

Our data centers are designed to require fewer construction materials while delivering industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). This not only lowers our customers’ carbon footprint but also their costs.

Building responsibly

Our objective is to achieve LEED Silver minimum (or equivalent) for all major new construction and redevelopment projects. We have certified more than 13 million square feet under green building standards.  

Powering with renewables

We aim to support the development of new clean energy supplies and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels  We have more than 1.4 gigawatts of large-scale solar and wind power under contract and 5.4 megawatts of onsite solar installations globally.  

Spotlight on sustainability

Sustainability isn’t just something we talk about. It factors into everything we do, from idea to execution.


Our global renewable energy coverage (16% increase from 2020). 


The number of our data centers matched with 100% renewable energy

$6.4 Billion

Our fully allocated green bond funds.


U.S. portfolio ENERGY STAR-certified by managed IT-capacity.

Discover how we're reducing our environmental impact

Social Initiatives

Our social initiatives aim to elevate corporate citizenship, enrich the communities we serve, and inspire change through ethical and equitable operations.

We recruit based on skills, knowledge, attitude, and experience, without discrimination of gender, sexual orientation, age, family status, ethnicity, nationality, disability, or religion.  
We promote diversity policies that ensure our workplace represents the qualified applicant pool in the regions we operate. We also evaluate pay equity annually. 

Driven by a passion for giving back to the communities where we operate, our #DoBetterTogether initiative ignites and celebrates employee engagement and community involvement, allowing us to make a lasting positive impact.

Governance at Digital Realty

We understand the importance of building relationships with those who impact and are impacted by our business. That's why we prioritize engagement with a diverse range of stakeholders, including our employees, customers, investors, partners, government agencies, reliable suppliers, as well as communities and non-governmental organizations.

We're proactive in addressing the financial impact of climate change on our business. We take a comprehensive, multi-level approach, from preparation and planning at each individual site, to managing risks across the entire enterprise. At a societal level, we advocate for a shift towards a low carbon future.

Our Supplier Code of Conduct outlines core company principles and describes the standards our suppliers must meet to establish and maintain a business relationship with us.

Embodying our commitment to quality and performance, our EOH&S Policy paves the way for a safer, healthier, and sustainable future.

Enabling sustainable digital infrastructure

Putting our sustainability principles into practice is something that we’re committed to, helping to support our 5,000+ customers to meet their ESG targets and empowering them to drive innovation with green, scalable digital infrastructure.

To bring to life some of the ways we meet our ESG targets, we’re shining the spotlight on some of the key initiatives we’re driving globally.


Green building spotlight

Digital innovation in Ashburn

We're leading the sustainable shift in data centers. Mark our green milestones at the Ashburn campus, our impactful collaborations, and our vision for a brighter, connected future.

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