Digital Realty Trust was incorporated in 2004 and is headquartered in the United States. The company operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) and is a leading global provider of colocation and interconnection solutions through its data centres. At the end of 2020 it owned 291 data centres around the world.
Digital Realty Trust follows best practice for cybersecurity governance and management. The company reports on senior-level responsibility for cybersecurity, and has a dedicated security incident team and international certification for its information security management. It also discloses the number of data breaches.
Digital Realty Trust has an opportunity to contribute to universal and affordable access to digital technologies and to support digital inclusivity for women and girls. The company should disclose the number of its employees with disabilities and how the economic value it generates is distributed among stakeholders.
No evidence was found of activities supporting digital skills or school connectivity. Digital Realty Trust has an opportunity to support digital skills training and school connectivity for vulnerable and under-represented groups.
Digital Realty Trust could enhance transparency by providing a link to its information security management certifications and producing a transparency report. The company should also make a high-level commitment to child online safety.
Little evidence was found of Digital Realty Trust supporting open, sustainable and inclusive innovation. The company has an opportunity to support open source and standards, the tech start-up ecosystem and sustainable development research. It could also disclose the number of its women employees working in tech roles and how it applies inclusive and ethical considerations in research and development and AI.
Core social indicators
The core social indicators assess societal expectations of business conduct that companies should meet if they aspire to be part of a system transformation that leaves no one behind.
Digital Realty Trust commits to respect human rights and the ILO core labour rights and has a publicly available statement of policy that expects its business relationships to commit to respecting the ILO core labour rights. However, the company does not disclose a process to identify, assess and take action on salient human rights risks in its own operations and business relationships. Moreover, Digital Realty Trust describes the various stakeholders it engages with in general, but it does not specify that it engages stakeholders whose human rights could be affected by its activities. While the company has a grievance mechanism accessible to both workers and external stakeholders to raise human rights concerns and complaints, it is unclear if complainants are able to choose to identify themselves or remain anonymous.
Digital Realty Trust publicly commits to respecting the health and safety of workers. The company also discloses the proportion of its workforce is covered by collective bargaining agreements. Digital Realty Trust does not state in a public policy document that it does not require workers to work more than regular and overtime hours. Furthermore, the company does not disclose a public commitment towards gender equality and women’s empowerment. In relation to workforce diversity, the company provides a breakdown of employees in different employee categories by gender. It has an opportunity to disclose against other indicators of diversity per employee category.
Digital Realty Trust has a policy prohibiting bribery and corruption and includes anti-bribery and anti-corruption clauses in its contracts with business relationships. The company has a global tax strategy, but it does not disclose income tax payments for its individual tax jurisdictions. Digital Realty Trust does disclose its approach to lobbying and political engagement. However, it has no public statement indicating that it does not make political contributions, and it does not disclose its lobbying expenditures.