(Weston, Fla. and Indianapolis, Ind. – April 16, 2014) The South Florida office of Duke Realty Corporation (Duke Realty) has earned the company’s “CEO Award for Diversity,” an award presented to the business unit in the company that exemplifies a significant commitment to diversity and inclusion through its programs and activities and achieves notable results due to its efforts. The CEO Award for Diversity, which was first instituted by Duke Realty in 2008, is part of the company’s overall goal of sustaining a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the organization.
The selection of the South Florida office was based on its leadership and success in four areas during 2013: supplier diversity, business development, associate recruitment and retention, and community outreach. A notable accomplishment by the South Florida team in 2013 was a significant increase in diverse spending, raising expenditures with disadvantaged business enterprises by 84 percent and minority businesses by 20 percent. The South Florida office also focused on strengthening relationships with customers and vendors by partnering with them on common charitable causes, such as the Race to Erase Child Abuse, breast cancer walk/runs, Broward Pantry and Habitat for Humanity. Significant strides in raising awareness of diversity and inclusion among associates in the South Florida office also were made. More than 80 percent of South Florida associates participated in diversity roundtable discussions, and associate use of company-provided community service days in 2013 increased 344 percent from 2012 enabling the office to have a greater impact on the community through volunteerism.
“The South Florida team embraces the spirit of diversity and inclusion as a business imperative, as evidenced by the local diversity action plan we developed and implemented,” said Ed Mitchell, Senior Vice President of Duke Realty’s Florida operations. “We are proud to receive this award and are committed to pursuing ongoing diversity initiatives and engaging diverse groups in our business.”
“Diversity is an ongoing and important initiative at our company,” said Denny Oklak, Chairman and CEO of Duke Realty. “Our employees, tenants, customers, suppliers and potential candidates for hire are increasingly diverse, validating the importance of enhancing our ability to value all people, no matter their position, education, background or beliefs.”
This is the first year that the South Florida office has been awarded the Duke Realty CEO Award for Diversity. Duke Realty’s 10 business units across the country submit detailed applications outlining their diversity and inclusion initiatives and results to compete for this annual award.
About Duke Realty
Duke Realty is one of the largest commercial real estate companies in Florida, with nearly 7 million square feet of industrial and office properties in South Florida and another 5 million square feet in Central Florida. In South Florida, Duke Realty is located at 2400 North Commerce Parkway, Suite 405 in Weston and employs more than 30 real estate associates.
On a nationwide basis, Duke Realty owns, maintains an interest in or has under development approximately 152.6 million rentable square feet of industrial and office assets, including medical office, in 22 major U.S. metropolitan areas. Duke Realty Corporation is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol DRE and is listed on the S&P MidCap 400 Index. More information about Duke Realty is available at www.dukerealty.com.