Corporate Giving and Community Involvement
Digital Realty is committed to giving back to the communities where we operate and we continue to encourage and celebrate community involvement and employee engagement activities through our Do Better Together initiative. Our programme includes:
- Community Involvement: In 2019, community involvement efforts included bike rides supporting purchasing of student materials, packing backpacks for low-income students and homeless veterans, cleaning up highways and retirement home events. Our employees organized events across the globe, from San Francisco to Dublin to New York to Singapore. Our employees also work with educational systems, from primary schools to universities, to exchange knowledge, teach seminars and guest lectures, run educational programs, and coordinate projects for young girls focused on STEM education.
- Donate 8 Programme: Employees are allotted eight hours of paid time-off per calendar year during regularly scheduled work hours to volunteer for eligible organizations. In 2019, over 520 volunteer hours were taken by management-level and below employees in the US alone.
- Matching Gifts Programme: We encourage our employees and directors to give back to the community by matching their contributions to eligible charitable organizations through our Matching Gifts Programme. In 2019, the Company matched approximately $235,000 in employee and director donations to 138 charitable organizations.
- Corporate Giving Programme: In 2019, Digital Realty began a corporate giving programme, where the company gave monetary gifts to organizations that align with our companywide areas of philanthropic focus: sustainability, disaster recovery and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. The Company also donated to charitable organizations that benefit the communities where our data centres are located, including relief funds for wildfires in Northern California.