At our core, we are committed to our employees by providing an opportunity to participate in our success by owning our Company. Our employees and independent contractors are incentivized through our commitment to employee equity ownership at every level throughout our Company. Unlike many companies, the vast majority of our employees have the opportunity to be granted equity-based awards in our Company. As of September 30, 2021, our employees and independent contractors, executive officers and directors owned approximately 21% of our equity on a fully diluted basis.
Because of this diverse and significant employee ownership, our entrepreneurial culture allows us to attract and retain key staff in all of our markets. Our people, then, are at the core of all that we do and set the tone for our businesses. This relationship with our people aligns our employees and management with stockholders and encourages a collaborative and entrepreneurial culture that informs every decision.
We strive to be exemplary corporate citizens and honor high ethical principles in our interactions with other businesses, our employees and the communities in which we live and work. We take corporate social responsibility and sustainability seriously: we want to contribute to the common good.