Office’s focus on inclusion and acceptance earns it “2011 CEO Award for Diversity”
(St. Louis, Missouri, and Indianapolis, Ind. – May 3, 2012) The St. Louis office of 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 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 developing a culture of inclusion and acceptance throughout the organization.
The selection of the St. Louis office was based on its leadership and success in four areas during 2011: business development, associate recruitment and retention, community outreach, and vendor/supplier development. Among the office’s many accomplishments was increasing its spending with diverse suppliers by nearly 19 percent, enrolling 100 percent of its diverse vendors into its vendor management database, providing ongoing support to six community initiatives and partnering with three additional charities in 2011, and reaching more than a 95 percent participation rate among local associates in diversity and inclusion training.
“The St. Louis team has embraced the spirit of diversity and inclusion as a business imperative, as evidenced by the local diversity action plan we developed and implemented,” said Toby Martin, Senior Vice President of Duke Realty’s St. Louis office. “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 Duke,” said Denny Oklak, Chairman and CEO of Duke Realty. “Our tenants and customers, suppliers and potential candidates for hire are increasingly diverse, validating the importance of enhancing our ability to to value all people, no matter what their position, education, background or beliefs.”
This is the second year in a row that the St. Louis office has been awarded Duke Realty’s CEO for Diversity award, having tied for the distinction with the Indianapolis business unit in 2010. Business units submit detailed applications outlining their diversity and inclusion initiatives and results for this annual award.
About Duke Realty
In the St. Louis area, Duke Realty is one of the largest office and industrial commercial real estate companies, with nearly 7 million square feet owned or managed. Locally, Duke Realty is located at 520 Maryville Centre Drive, Suite 200, and employs more than 40 real estate associates.
On a nationwide basis, Duke Realty owns and operates approximately 136 million rentable square feet of industrial and office assets, including medical office, in 18 major U.S. cities. 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.
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