Community Values

Commercial real estate is a people business, one built on strong relationships with those we interact with every day—our tenants, our associates, our suppliers, and members of the community.

Duke Realty’s wellness, community outreach, and diversity and inclusion initiatives strive to strengthen the bonds we have with all of our stakeholders.


We encourage Duke Realty associates and their families to live a healthy lifestyle, and support them in that endeavor with a dynamic and inclusive wellness program. The program promotes all aspects of wellness—including physical, emotional, and financial health—through interactive programs, online resources, and generous incentives.

Community Outreach

If we’re at work in a community, we believe we have a responsibility to help make it a better place to live. We show our community support through personal volunteer efforts by our associates and financial contributions to organizations that rely on the generosity of others.

We encourage our associates to participate in volunteer/community activities and support those who do by providing each associate with two paid community days per year. One of these paid community days is used on an annual company-wide Day of Service, when associates in every Duke Realty office volunteer with local organizations in their communities on the same day.

Plus, Duke Realty increases associates’ contributions to not-for-profit organizations by matching their contributions dollar for dollar and providing financial support to organizations for which Duke Realty associates volunteer their time.

Take a look at the many ways our associates are giving back to their communities.

Diversity and Inclusion

Duke Realty has a longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our business. We have created a robust program dedicated to education, awareness, and advocacy related to diversity and inclusion—within our company, in our communities, and in our business and partner relationships.

Developing and sustaining relationships that value our differences provides a foundation for our business success. Cultivating a workplace culture that respects the ideas and contributions of all associates ensures that we function at our best—and just keep getting better.

As we’ve focused on developing strong relationships that value diversity and inclusion, we’ve had the privilege of growing our client base to include many organizations that share those same values. Many of our leases and projects originated from a shared drive toward more diverse workplaces.

In 2019, our commitment to diversity was honored by Nareit, the global representative and policy organization for our industry. We’re proud to have earned Nareit’s first Corporate Award through its Dividends Through Diversity Recognition Program, and proud that our CEO Jim Connor was honored with the Individual Award.

Learn more about Duke Realty’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and why Duke Realty is one of the best places to work.


Our efforts have earned us awards from within our industry as well as the communities we serve. We’ve been recognized by 2020 Women on Boards as a Winning “W” Company. This recognition, along with the contributions of our female executives, led to our inclusion in the PAX Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund. We’ve received United Way’s Spirit United Award—its top honor—and numerous Healthiest Employer awards and Best Places to Work awards. And we were recognized by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption as one of their 100 Best Adoption Friendly Workplaces, including first place in the real estate industry.