QTS Sustainability Panels

Corporate Sustainability

QTS has made a commitment to corporate responsibility through our key Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives.

Our mission at QTS is to empower people and technology.

We firmly believe we can successfully execute on this mission with a focus not only on our business results but also equally important, on the conduct and manner in which we achieve our goals. Below are our rankings.

01
Environment

We scored 69 out of 100 for the GRESB Benchmark Report 2019 on Environment. The GRESB average is 65 and our Peers' Average is 68.

02
Social

We scored 85 out of 100 for the GRESB Benchmark Report 2019 on Social. The GRESB average is 79 and our Peers' Average is 80.

03
Governance

We scored 97/100 for the GRESB Benchmark Report 2019 on Governance, while the GRESB average is 84 and our Peers' Average is 83. 

Our Approach to ESG
Environmental

We have set measurable, relevant and timely targets that will reduce carbon footprint and support the clean energy industry, improve the lives of stakeholders and increase financial returns. Based on current projections, our environmental goals include:

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Goals
  • Procure 100% of our power from renewable energy sources
  • Pursue LEED certifications in 90% of QTS facilities by 2025
  • Conserve at least 10 million gallons of water per year
  • Install electronic vehicle (EV) charging stations at 30% of QTS facilities by 2025
  • Recycle 600 million pounds of material by 2025
Social

We strive to satisfy and improve the lives of our employees and communities. For these reasons, volunteerism and community are listed among our core values, and we have robust programs in place to help improve the health and well-being of our employees and local communities.

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Initiatives
  • Sustainability Leadership Team dedicated to critical projects 
  • Staying on top of news and innovation that can be applied to help reduce our environmental impact
  • Investing in our employees with learning and development programs, comprehensive benefits and recognition programs
  • Engaging the community through volunteerism
  • Employ Net Promoter Score Survey (NPS) to measure customer satisfaction and brand perception
Governance

Our corporate governance is structured in a manner that we believe closely aligns our interests with those of our stockholders, employees and customers.

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Areas of Impact
  • Board of Directors criteria and election
  • Informed oversight of risk management process
  • Standing Committee membership
  • Stock ownership guidelines 
  • Code of Business Conduct and Ethics

Environmental

We have set measurable, relevant and timely targets that will reduce carbon footprint and support the clean energy industry, improve the lives of stakeholders and increase financial returns. Based on current projections, our environmental goals include:


Goals
  • Procure 100% of our power from renewable energy sources
  • Pursue LEED certifications in 90% of QTS facilities by 2025
  • Conserve at least 10 million gallons of water per year
  • Install electronic vehicle (EV) charging stations at 30% of QTS facilities by 2025
  • Recycle 600 million pounds of material by 2025

Social

We strive to satisfy and improve the lives of our employees and communities. For these reasons, volunteerism and community are listed among our core values, and we have robust programs in place to help improve the health and well-being of our employees and local communities.


Initiatives
  • Sustainability Leadership Team dedicated to critical projects 
  • Staying on top of news and innovation that can be applied to help reduce our environmental impact
  • Investing in our employees with learning and development programs, comprehensive benefits and recognition programs
  • Engaging the community through volunteerism
  • Employ Net Promoter Score Survey (NPS) to measure customer satisfaction and brand perception

Governance

Our corporate governance is structured in a manner that we believe closely aligns our interests with those of our stockholders, employees and customers.


Areas of Impact
  • Board of Directors criteria and election
  • Informed oversight of risk management process
  • Standing Committee membership
  • Stock ownership guidelines 
  • Code of Business Conduct and Ethics
As evidenced by our Powered by People approach, we believe that how we deliver our services is just as important as what is delivered. This means caring for and improving the lives of current and future employees, customers, investors and community members, and taking equal care of the environment and natural resources we all share. This helps us realize our vision of enhancing the care and improvement of human life and minimizing our carbon footprint through technology and manpower.

Our commitment to environmental sustainability, social accountability and corporate governance, rooted in sound and trusted core values, has never wavered, and we will continue to demonstrate this through an increased dedication to transparency and data-backed performance.
ESG Partnerships and Recognition

We are proud to partner with the most influential sustainability organizations who are working to make a difference in the world for current and future generations. Thanks to support of our leadership and these partnerships, we have the honor of receiving recognition for our leadership in sustainability. 

Meet the Team

QTS' Sustainability Leadership Team is responsible for managing our ESG initiatives to ensure we are progressing toward our goals.

Chad Williams

Chief Executive Officer

Travis Wright

Vice President of Energy & Sustainability

Megan Hofmeyer

Director of Strategic Marketing

Kelly Michael

Director of Marketing Operations & Communications

Stephen Douglas

Executive Vice President of Finance