Commercial real estate CEO joins coalition of more than 750 CEOs and presidents of leading businesses, further advancing the company’s long-term commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Duke Realty Corporation (NYSE:DRE), the nation’s largest, domestic-only, pure-play logistics real estate company, announces that James B. Connor has become the first CEO of a REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) to sign the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ pledge to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. To-date, more than 750 CEOs and presidents of leading companies and organizations have agreed to the commitment which includes taking definitive actions to cultivate workplace environments where diverse experiences and perspectives are welcome and employees feel comfortable and empowered to discuss diversity and inclusion.
“Signing the CEO Action pledge is a natural step in Duke Realty’s ongoing commitment to engender diversity and inclusion,” said Mr. Connor. “We began our diversity and inclusion program more than 15 years ago and it continues to be an integral part of our culture today. The CEO Action pledge externally communicates our support and confirms our commitment to implement actions that encourage conversation and engagement around diversity and inclusion in the workplace and foster collaboration between organizations.”
In addition to a Diversity and Inclusion Council comprised of associates from various departments within the company, Duke Realty has several other initiatives in place to ensure a diverse workforce and inclusive culture where all opinions are welcome. These include employment and mentoring programs, educational events, and an annual award in recognition of diversity and inclusion excellence. The company also is focused on increasing and strengthening partnerships with diverse suppliers and providing assistance to underserved members of the communities in which it operates.
Mr. Connor added, “The CEO Action pledge is an important step in adding voices to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Anchored in nearly every community across America, signatory businesses are demonstrating their commitment to measurable, sustained action to deliver lasting personal and social change. I am proud that Duke Realty is part of this effort.”
The collective of more than 750 signatories have already shared more than 700 best known actions, exchanging tangible learning opportunities and creating collaborative conversations via the initiative’s unified hub CEOAction.com.
About CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion
CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Bringing together more than 750 CEOs of America’s leading organizations, the commitment outlines actions that participating companies pledge to take to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected, employees feel comfortable and encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion, and where best known actions can be shared across organizations. Learn more at CEOAction.com.
About Duke Realty
Duke Realty Corporation owns and operates approximately 158 million rentable square feet of industrial assets in 20 key U.S. logistics markets. Duke Realty is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol DRE and is listed on the S&P 500. The company maintains a Baa1 rating from Moody’s Investor Service and a BBB+ rating from Standard & Poor’s Financial Services. More information about Duke Realty Corporation is available at www.dukerealty.com. Duke Realty also can be followed on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.