Corporate Responsibility

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 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 17 UN goals, we selected seven that were most relevant to our business and our impact.

UN Global Goals



2020 Progress and Results

Our Goals and Initiatives


Good Health and Well-Being
Associate Well-Being

Maintain 85% participation in wellness platform that includes a holistic approach to well-being

2020 Progress and Results

85% participation



Gender Equality
Gender balanced hiring, pay equity and board representation

Develop and maintain hiring and management practices that promote gender equality

Maintain 100% pay equity

Maintain 50% women and people of color

Board representation

2020 Progress and Results

55% of new hires were women

100% pay equity

50% diverse independent directors



Affordable and Clean Energy
Energy efficient lighting

88% of buildings with energy efficient lighting

2020 Progress and Results

89% efficient lighting



Decent Work and Economic Growth
Communities where we do business

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

2020 Progress and Results

9% diverse supplier spend

50% of local offices



Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
LEED Certified development

$2B investment in development in development

100% of New Development Projects to be LEED Certified

2020 Progress and Results

$1.46B invested since 2019

100% of new developments pursued LEED certification



Reduced Inequalities
Diversity focused hiring and management practices

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

2020 Progress and Results

5 internal recruitment & retention programs

98% pay equity

50% diverse independent directors



Sustainable Cities and Communities
Community-driven amenities

Investment in community amenities and charitable giving in the communities where we operate

2020 Progress and Results

Improved roads & infrastructure as part of development process

More than $600K donated to local organizations



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 89% 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. We also issued three green bonds for eligible green projects demonstrating our continued commitment to sustainability and environmentally respectful development.

Furthering our commitment to environmental stewardship, we are committed to achieving carbon neutrality for our operations by 2025 and achieve carbon neutrality in alignment with the Paris Climate Accords by 2040. 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 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.