CBRE continues to show its commitment to encouraging a diverse and inclusive workforce, with the launch of a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) and Allies support group – Building Equality @CBRE (BE@CBRE).
CBRE is leading the way with BE@CBRE, being the only major real estate services firm with an LGBTI support network that is affiliated with Pride in Diversity and recognised in the Australian Workplace Equality Index.
The group was officially launched on August 25, with a key note presentation from Ross Wetherbee, Senior Program Manager for Pride in Diversity. A social inclusion initiative of ACON, Pride in Diversity is Australia’s only national not-for-profit employer support program for all aspects of LGBTI workplace inclusion.
BE@CBRE is being launched with the strong support of CBRE’s senior leadership team, with Pacific President and CEO, Ray Pittman, and Pacific head of office leasing Andrew Tracey acting as the group’s executive sponsors.
Mr Pittman said BE@CBRE’s mission was to foster a culture at CBRE that celebrated equality and inclusion for everyone.
“The partnership between our Executive Committee and LGBTI community leaders further demonstrates our company's ongoing commitment to encouraging a diverse workplace in which merit and contributions supersede sexual orientation and gender identity,” Mr Pittman said.
“We also believe this will encourage opportunities for education, awareness, policy review and networking within the broader property industry.”
BE@CBRE has been established to complement CBRE’s existing diversity programs, including the CBRE Women’s Network, which earned a Top Ten ranking in the inaugural Global Diversity List in 2015, supported by the Economist. CBRE is also an active participant in the Property Male Champions of Change (PMCC) program that was initiated by the Property Council of Australia.
“I believe these diversity initiatives are essential for the future growth and success of our organisation, and in ensuring we are recognised as an employer of choice in the property industry,” Mr Pittman said.
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CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2015 revenue). The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.