Thursday, November 23, 2017

Equinix leads US data centres in response to Trump’s travel ban

“We will continue to advocate for thoughtful, ethical immigration policies around the world,” CEO Steve Smith tells employees and customers.

US President Donald Trump’s travel ban imposed on seven mostly Muslim countries has caused much anger and concern across the world, and the tech sector has spoken out against the order.

After the Silicon Valley giants, now it is time for data centre providers to share their views.

Leading the sector’s response was Equinix CEO Steve Smith who has said in a company blog that Equinix’s success is down to its “diverse team”.

He said: “I have taken great pride in being a part of such an amazing group. Together as one team, we have begun to make an indelible mark on the world.

“And we have done this by drawing from a truly global set of backgrounds, perspectives and values. This includes invaluable contributions from thousands of employees who live and work in a different country than where they were born.”

Smith continued to say that perhaps there has never been a more important time to note the company’s diverse staff, “as many of our employees are learning about a new presidential order in the United States”.

He said: “This order has generated a lot of concern among many of us, including many immigrants working in the United States. Our current assessment is that we do not appear to have any employees who are directly impacted by this policy.

“However, we are taking every effort to monitor this situation very closely. We are also offering legal, HR and logistical aide to any employees, if the need should arise.”

Smith closes the letter highlighting that the contributions of Equinix’s diverse employee population will “remain absolutely crucial enablers of our success at Equinix”.

“We will continue to advocate for thoughtful, ethical immigration policies around the world, and we will continue to work to assist our people,” he said.