At Duke Realty we realize the impact we have on the communities we serve and the world in which we live. And we know that thoughtful, sustainable practices—environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and responsible corporate governance—are not just good manners; they’re also great for business. We share our actions and their results in our 2019 Corporate Responsibility Report.
Our corporate responsibility goals keep our commitment top-of-mind and ensure that our efforts are always moving us forward. Our goals align with the United Nations’ sustainable development goals that seek to improve the lives of people and preserve the planet for future generations. Out of 17 UN goals, we selected seven that were most relevant to our business and our impact.
UN Global Goals
Our Goals and Initiatives
Good Health and Well-Being
Maintain 85% participation in wellness platform that includes a holistic approach to well-being
Develop and maintain hiring and management practices that promote gender equality
Maintain 100% pay equity
Maintain 50% women and people of color board representation
Affordable and Clean Energy
88% of buildings with energy efficient lighting
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Maintain minimum of 8% of total spend in diverse suppliers annually
Expand community partnerships in over 50% of local offices to help increase diversity in CRE industry
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
$2B investment in development
100% of new development projects to be LEED Certified
Develop and maintain hiring and management practices that promote racial equality
Achieve 100% pay equity
Maintain 50% women and people of color in board representation
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Investment in community amenities and charitable giving in the communities where we operate
Our sustainable development, energy, and resource usage policies help to create a cleaner, healthier environment for those we serve. These policies include pursuing 100% LEED certification for all new buildings, the use of energy efficient lighting across 87% of our portfolio, and a Sustainable Development Policy that represents industry best practices to improve long-term asset value, and offer our tenants efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable workspaces. In 2019, Duke Realty became the first industrial REIT to issue a green bond for sustainable projects in the United States, demonstrating our continued commitment to sustainability and environmentally respectful development. Learn more.
To us, social responsibility in its most basic form means treating our people and our communities the way we’d want to be treated. That means maintaining, strong relationships with our tenants, our associates, our suppliers, and members of the community. Duke Realty’s wellness, community outreach, and diversity and inclusion initiatives strive to empower more people and strengthen our bonds with our stakeholders. Learn more.
Our commitment to ethical corporate citizenship emphasizes board independence and diversity, respect for human rights, and transparency and oversight that help to reinforce our commitment to our Code of Business Ethics. We also ask our construction and property management vendors to understand and comply with our Code of Vendor Conduct. We believe responsible governance is not just best practice—it’s also best for our business and our investors. Learn more.
Corporate responsibility reports
Our corporate responsibility reports highlight the impact our efforts are making for our people and our communities. And they showcase how sustainable and ethical practices are best for our business and our investors.
Our corporate responsibility efforts have led to recognition within our industry and the communities we serve. Though awards aren’t the reason we try so hard, they’re a welcome sign that we’re on the right track.