The timeless principle of Karma – the belief that putting good energy into the world returns good energy – has been an intentional principle of our company culture since I founded Switch.
Karma is deeply embedded in our business strategy, represented visually by our karma wheel logo and expressed practically in our operating philosophy, and demonstrated daily by how we treat clients, employees, and the community.
Throughout 2021, amid angst, uncertainty, and instability across the country, we focused our efforts on putting good energy into the world. As Switch continues to expand its data center campus ecosystems to facilitate the rapidly evolving technology landscape, we remain vigilant to ensure that the communities, economies, and people surrounding our PRIME campus locations also benefit from what we create.
We pursue these goals with a commitment to the highest ideals of integrity by operating within an ethical framework that supports doing the right things for the right reasons and leveraging the enormous power of our diversity of experiences, perspectives, backgrounds, and cultures.
This begins with our Board of Directors, which is strengthened by the fact that 78% are independent directors and one-third are women. Our Board is deeply committed to creating maximum value for stakeholders, and Switch demonstrated its engagement in 2021 by increasing the number of meetings for both the Board and its committees.
My vision for Switch, with the Board’s full support, is to sustainably power the future of the connected world by providing the most secure, energy-efficient technology ecosystems to facilitate digital commerce and to do our part to enhance human productivity and drive economic prosperity. I believe that Data runs the Planet®, but it should not ruin the planet.
Therefore, a cornerstone of our company is our unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability.
In recognition of these efforts, Switch was named by Newsweek magazine as one of “America’s Most Responsible Companies,” reflecting our commitment to ESG, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, and Overall Corporate Citizenship. Switch also scored the highest environmental rating on S&P Global’s ESG Indicator Report Card and is the only company to achieve an E-1 rating amongst more than 70 other Telecom and Data Center Companies.
Switch was awarded the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Certification for superior energy efficiency and has for the third year in a row been recognized as a top-ranked EPA Green Power Partner – a program to help build the American green power industry.
As we diversified our geographic footprint with the acquisition of Data Foundry in Austin, Texas, all Data Foundry campuses have since been powered by 100% renewable energy. Our campus in Texas now joins our Prime Locations across the country that have operated on 100% renewable energy with zero Scope 2 emissions since 2016.
In 2021, we invested in 3rd party verified carbon reduction projects offsetting the emissions associated with our direct operations. Through this and our 100% renewably powered data centers, our Scope 1 & Scope 2 carbon footprint is net zero.
Furthermore, we implemented our net positive water strategy, which started in Northern Nevada with the Regional Water Improvement Pipeline Project, which will provide 100% recycled water to Switch’s Citadel Campus while protecting the surrounding area’s precious natural resources.
Internally, we have always placed our people and their families at the heart of everything we do. Switch added a renewed focus on the needs of our team as they had to re-balance their lives in the face of ever-changing rules and restrictions to ensure public safety in every community in which we operate.
Switch launched the Virtual Wellness Center to help team members relieve stress, find peace, and practice mindfulness. We launched the Life Muse Fitness Series to support healthy living practices, which instructs and encourages team members to exercise at their own pace and skill level.
In support of the many parents among our team members, leadership development specialist and bestselling author Rachel Simmons participated in a Switch Insider Speaker Series on Pandemic Parenting. To maintain a consistent corporate culture, our Engagement and HR teams collaborated to create a virtual new hire orientation experience that is now available to all team members at any time.
The Engagement team hosted a Speaker Series featuring Dr. Quinn Pauly, Chief Medical Officer at Switch. Dr. Pauly provided an overview of the vaccine and answered questions submitted by team members. In addition, Dr. Pauly offered helpful tips and advice on dealing with anxiety and coping with evolving changes due to the pandemic.
Even as we adapted to the new challenges posed to the entire globe this past year, Switch continues to be recognized as a world leader in exascale data center ecosystems, edge data center designs, industry-leading telecommunications solutions, and next-generation technology innovation that supports the mission-critical infrastructure needs of our clients.
To facilitate and support these needs, Switch continued construction on its Prime Campus locations in 2021 with a plan to develop an additional 11 million square feet of data center capacity by 2030.
In 2021, the Switch team believed it was time to bring together all our investors and share our strategic vision to increase transparency for investors, many of whom had never been inside a Switch Campus.
I was privileged to present my vision and long-term strategy at Switch’s Investor Day event in November 2021. The executive management team members joined me to outline Switch’s leading sustainability practices, future objectives, and multi-year financial targets. We enjoyed sharing ideas, answering many thoughtful questions, and hearing insightful observations and feedback.
Our ability to innovate and execute in 2021 was critical to our nation. Our clients include some of the biggest names in healthcare, technology, finance, government, and the myriad of additional organizations that touch every aspect of our citizens’ daily lives.
As I reflect on the past year, I am truly in awe of the unwavering dedication to family and community that Switch team members have incorporated into their daily lives and, in doing so, mirroring the core values upon which I founded and built this company.
From management’s care for our employees’ well-being, to our employees’ diligence in making certain that our operations never faltered, to each of us maintaining the stability of our families and local communities, it has been an honor to work alongside these remarkable humans.
Chairman, CEO & Founder