CBRE Publishes 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report

CBRE Publishes 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report

CBRE’s Corporate Responsibility platform delivers responsible business practices that benefit our clients, employees, investors and other stakeholders.
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CBRE’s Corporate Responsibility practices deliver responsible business practices that benefit our clients, employees, investors and other stakeholders.

Responsible business is an essential element of the CBRE brand. As such, we aspire to be recognized as much for our commitment to responsible business as for the excellence of our client service. It is our policy to do the right thing and to act responsibly in our day-to-day relationships with our customers, suppliers, employees, communities and all our stakeholders. Our employees’ commitment to, and daily demonstration of, our RISE values of respect, integrity, service and excellence ensures that CBRE is not only a profitable enterprise, but also an employer of choice and a good corporate citizen.

Our corporate responsibility strategy focuses on the areas where we believe we can make the greatest impact. These include:

  • helping to mitigate the impact of the built environment on climate change
  • leading our industry with governance and ethics & compliance programs
  • using our talent, energy and resources to improve the quality of our communities and the lives of others
  • helping our people to reach their full potential while providing a safe and ethical workplace

We evaluate our progress against tangible commitments and report annually on our performance against well-established external reporting standards. In 2013 and early 2014, we made significant and measurable progress in each area of our program:

Environmental Sustainability

  • Selected and began funding five projects in CBRE’s Real Green Research Challenge, our four-year, $1-million academic and scientific research program dedicated to meaningful solutions to sustainability issues in commercial space
  • Published the first completed RGRC study, the Green Building Adoption Index in collaboration with Maastricht University, which quantifies dynamics of the growing market for green building space in U.S. markets
  • Obtained green certification of CBRE offices in Beijing, Dallas, London, New Delhi  and other locations, bringing our global green certified office count to 29, with 19 more in pursuit

Communities & Giving

  • Donated volunteer hours and funds to more than 575 different charitable organizations
  • Increased company and employee fund donations to $8 million, a 19% increase over 2012

People & Culture

  • Piloted EMPOWER, a new mentoring and professional development program, with our affinity groups
  • Implemented Workplace360, our collaborative work environment concept, in  more than 30 offices globally
  • Received 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index
  • Earned a place on the “Companies That Care Honor Roll” in early 2014 for the seventh consecutive year

Ethics & Compliance

  • Achieved our first recognition as an Ethisphere's World's Most Ethical Company 2014
  • Continued a multi-year project to translate our Standards of Business Conduct into 26 languages, ensuring that virtually all of our 44,000 employees can read the SOBC in either their native or conversant language
  • Achieved a 98% completion rate for our annual global employee ethics certification program


  • Continued a multi-year, internal assessment to better understand our existing activity in stakeholder engagement
  • Began a partnership with 3BL Media to improve and track external stakeholder engagement on corporate responsibility activities

Health & Safety

  • Decreased our global incidence rate by 2% over 2012, despite a 15% increase in work hours over the same timeframe
  • Achieved injury-free workplace performance in 49% of our corporate accounts and managed locations



Mindee Metz | Director, Corporate Responsibility


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