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ABOUT SWITCH

Switch is a technology infrastructure ecosystem corporation whose core business is the design, construction and operation of the most advanced and highest-rated data centers on the planet. We believe that the future of humanity depends on the intelligent and sustainable growth of the Internet. As more people, businesses, governments and devices come online, the need for reliable data centers powered by renewable energy increases. Powered by 100% renewable energy since 2016, Switch’s focus on sustainability and efficient technologies make our exascale ecosystems the most sustainable and cost-effective colocation environment in the industry. The Switch ecosystem empowers clients with a myriad of options for innovation, economies of scale, risk mitigation, sustainability and investment protection.

Our Approach to Meeting Third-Party Standards
This report provides disclosures compatible with the following third-party standards. All related metrics are disclosed in our integrated sustainability index in the Appendix of this Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) report.

 

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Other notable third-party certifications, memberships and partnerships:

SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS

2021

  • Women in Smart Energy (WISE) Award Recipient
  • Switch scores Highest Environmental Rating – S&P Global ESG Sector Report Card
  • Newsweek – America’s Most Responsible Companies, 2021

2020

  • EPA Green Power Partnership: Top 10 Green Energy User in Tech & Telecom and 23rd Largest Green Energy user in the USA

2019

  • SEIA Solar Means Business Report Recognition
  • EPA Green Power Leadership Award
  • Smart Energy Decisions: Data Center Energy Efficiency Technology Award

 

UN GLOBAL COMPACT

We are pleased to share that Switch remains a participant in the United Nations Global Compact. We affirm that we support the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact on human rights, labor, environment, and anticorruption. We have folded the UN Global Compact and its principles into the Switch strategy, culture, and day-to-day operations. On an annual basis, we will share a communication of progress with the UN towards support of the Ten Principles including goals, action plans and outcomes.

Our Commitment to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Reflected in our principle of Karma, we focus on putting good energy into the world which returns good energy. Switch has committed to initiatives, business practices, and policies that reflect our pledge to put good energy into the world. This commitment is aligned primarily to seven United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).


    1. SDG #3: Good Health and Well-Being – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
    2. SDG #5: Gender Equality – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
    3. SDG #6: Clean Water and Sanitation – Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
    4. SDG #7: Affordable and Clean Energy – Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
    5. SDG #9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure – Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
    6. SDG #12: Responsible Consumption and Production – Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
    7. SDG #13: Climate Action – Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

This pledge to the UN SDGs is demonstrated through our data center design, our policies, our responsible business practices, and our community engagement where we make the strongest impact. Throughout this report, we highlight areas of our business where we actively show our commitment to the UN SDGs.

 

SWITCH ESG HIGHLIGHTS

ENVIRONMENTAL

  • 100% Renewably Powered Since 2016
  • Net ZERO Scope 2 Emissions Since 2016
  • Net ZERO Scope 1 Emissions Since 2021
  • Net Positive Water Projects

SOCIAL

  • Equitable Male / Female Pay Ratio
  • 42% Ethnic Diversity Across Total Workforce
  • Semi-Annual Employee Pulse Survey
  • Mental Health Virtual Sessions Available via Teledoc

GOVERNANCE

  • 7 Out of 9 Independent Directors (78%)
  • 3 Female Board Members
  • Performance-Based Executive Compensation Plan
  • Board Oversight of ESG
  • Zero Security Breaches

 
Switch maintains a library of additional policies and procedures to ensure its services are Tier 5 Platinum compliant and meet Switch’s aggressive sustainability standards. Switch secures these policies on site, to avoid the security risks of espionage, terrorism, sabotage, and cyber attack, inherent in unauthorized duplication, proliferation, or exploitation of these policies. If you would like additional detail or an on-site tour of Switch’s facilities to inspect these policies, please contact the Investor Relations Team (investorrelations@switch.com) or the Switch Policy team (policy@switch.com).

 

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