On Monday, CyrusOne offices will be closed in honor of Juneteenth . Also known as Freedom Day, Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day the last remaining enslaved African Americans in the US were made aware of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, which happened more than two years prior. In 2021, Juneteenth became a federal holiday in the US, and at CyrusOne, we also added it to our list of ten paid company holidays, giving our teammates time off to observe the occasion.
For many, Juneteenth is a day of rest, reflection, and learning about the history of the United States and issues of race, ethnicity, and racial injustice. The day is also an opportunity to celebrate African American culture and achievement and look to a more equitable future.
Here at CyrusOne, Juneteenth represents a moment for us to re-commit to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. We know we still have many steps to take on this journey, though we are proud of the progress we have made thus far. Here are just a few of the ways we cultivate an environment of respect, where everyone is treated equally, and is given the opportunity to connect, belong, and grow.
- We stand together with other companies. In 2021, CyrusOne signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge, alongside 2,000 other signatories. The pledge calls upon participating organizations to drive measurable action and meaningful change to advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the workplace. Within our company, that means we proactively take steps such as hosting candid conversations on DEI topics, giving our teammates professional development opportunities focused on DEI, and engaging our Board of Directors in DEI strategy.
- We work with our vendors. Because we’re have relatively few employees for a company our size, much of the opportunity to support DEI in the workplace comes from working with the vendors that are a part of our supply chain. When we surveyed our vendors on their corporate practices in 2020, we were pleased to learn that 64% of them have a formal diversity program—and we’ll encourage even more of them to put formal programs in place. In addition, we have taken measures to increase the percentage of our supply chain spend that goes to small businesses, minority-owned and women-owned businesses. As of last year, these businesses represented 13.5% of our global spend. Our target is to increase this to 20% by the end of 2024.
- We take steps to develop a diverse talent pool. Helping people from underrepresented groups develop skills and build careers in the data center industry is crucial to our ability to recruit from a more diverse talent pool. We do this in part, though our internship program for underrepresented groups, and also by partnering with other organizations that help develop students with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills.
- We CAREEE. Our employee-led CAREEE Group is made up of 15 cross-functional , diverse teammates who are dedicated to supporting our core CAREEE values of Community, Agility, Respect, Enjoyable Workplace, Ethics, and Exceptional Service. This group helps to open channels of communication across our company and create an environment where listening and understanding different perspectives is encouraged. Our CAREEE Group has been instrumental in raising awareness and organizing monthly discussions about DEI topics such as racial injustice, microaggressions, and women in the workplace, as well as celebrating events such as Martin Luther King Day, Chinese New Year, Cinco de Mayo, Veterans Day, and of course, Juneteenth.
Happy Juneteenth, everyone!