As the world’s largest commercial real estate services company, CBRE is committed to fulfilling its role as a responsible corporate citizen by supporting and adding value to the communities in which our employees live and work. CBRE Cares, the company’s corporate giving and volunteerism arm in the U.S., helps facilitate this effort by serving as an overarching platform to further a variety of charitable endeavors, both large and small in scope. Governed and executed by the CBRE Foundation—an independent, non-profit, public-benefit corporation that funds the company’s philanthropic programs—CBRE Cares strives to create real benefit for individuals in need through local community outreach and support, disaster-response initiatives, and locally driven, nationally sanctioned programs.
The company financially supports our employees in the charitable efforts that are most important to them. Of all funds raised during the annual campaign, 75% is returned to local offices and client account teams to be allocated to the causes of their choosing. The CBRE Foundation matches half of these employee donations up to the annual budgeted match amount. In addition, 25% of all funds raised are used to support corporate giving to causes related to shelter and poverty housing, environmental sustainability and community service. The company also supports a handful of signature programs, including the Birthday Cakes and More for Homeless Children Program.
In 2010, CBRE enhanced its corporate philanthropy program by launching the Shelter Program, which aligns the company’s philanthropic works with its business by focusing on improving housing opportunities for those in need. Through this program, CBRE employees partner with housing nonprofits Rebuilding Together and HomeAid to participate in rebuilding projects at homeless shelters, transitional housing and private residences in markets across the U.S. The CBRE Cares motto, “Building on Compassion,” echoes the overarching goal of the Shelter Program: to build on CBRE’s business expertise and the already significant community involvement of our people to deliver a meaningful contribution to the individuals it serves.
At CBRE, our core values of Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence are the guiding principles in all that we do. And we approach our commitment to service with the same enthusiasm and creativity as we approach our business, every day. Our professionals are dedicated to bettering the communities where they live and work, and we continue, as a firm, to build on that compassion for the good of those in need, all over the world.