(Washington, D.C. and Indianapolis, Ind. – May 13, 2015) The Washington, D.C. office of Duke Realty Corporation (Duke Realty), has earned the company’s “CEO Award for Diversity,” a recognition earned by 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 in 2008 by Duke Realty, a leading nationwide REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) specializing in the ownership, management and development of bulk distribution, medical office and suburban office buildings, is part of the company’s overall goal of sustaining a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the organization.
The selection of the Washington, D.C. office was based on its leadership and success in four areas during 2014: supplier diversity, business development, associate recruitment and retention, and community outreach. A notable accomplishment by the Washington, D.C. team in 2014 was a significant increase in the number of associates who volunteered and financially contributed to organizations dedicated to improving the lives of area citizens. The Washington, D.C. office also focused on strengthening relationships with minority vendors by participating in networking events and encouraging registration in its Supplier Registration System. Significant strides in raising awareness of diversity and inclusion among its internal team in the Washington, D.C. office also were made through 100 percent association participation in diversity roundtable discussions during the year.
“The Washington, D.C. team embraces the spirit of diversity and inclusion as a business imperative, as evidenced by the local diversity action plan it developed and implemented,” said Sam O’Briant, Executive Vice President of Duke Realty’s East Region. “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, regardless of their position, education, background or beliefs.”
This is the second year that the Washington, D.C. office has been awarded the Duke Realty CEO Award for Diversity. Fourteen of Duke Realty’s business units across the country submitted detailed applications outlining their diversity and inclusion initiatives and results to compete for this annual award.
About Duke Realty
Duke Realty Corporation owns, maintains an interest in or has under development 141 million rentable square feet of bulk distribution 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 Corporation is available at www.dukerealty.com. Duke Realty also can be followed on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.