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R.I.S.E - Cultivating a Culture of Ethics

Edith, a senior ethics and compliance manager, shares the importance of investing in upholding a culture of peer influencers for ethics and compliance, rooted in our RISE Values – respect, integrity, service, and excellence.

Edith
When you invest in your people, they’ll do great work for the business. The Ambassador program is an example of how CBRE invests in our people and culture, giving employees the opportunity to come to work every day knowing they will be heard.
“My mother always told me it’s important to sow seeds of greatness into the world,” recalls Edith. Cultivation and growth are central to Edith’s role as leader of the global Ethics & Compliance Ambassador program, which expands the reach of CBRE’s Ethics & Compliance team. In 2021, the program launched with 50 ambassadors and grew to 475 by the end of the year.

“Ambassadors are pivotal in promoting CBRE’s RISE values, improving local risk detection and encouraging a ‘speak-up’ culture,” she explains. “They’re volunteers from across our business who believe in upholding high ethical standards. They give their time because they want to make a difference and show our colleagues that CBRE cares.”

Having ambassadors as a resource within local markets and lines of business reinforces CBRE’s reporting procedures and encourages employees to raise concerns about misconduct or suspected unethical or illegal activities. Ambassadors serve as the boots on the ground and the eyes and ears of compliance. They act as influencers and role models to their peers—and a vital point of contact.

“It makes a difference during the reporting process to have a relatable and approachable person to reach out to—someone who will listen—because the employee may feel alone and doesn’t know what to do,” says Edith. “I wholeheartedly believe that when you invest in your people, they’ll invest in and do great work for the business. That’s the cycle of success, but it first starts with investing in your people. The Ambassador program is an example of how CBRE invests in our people and our culture. The program puts action behind our RISE values and gives employees the opportunity to come to work every day knowing they will be heard.” The Ethics & Compliance Ambassador program and participants are essential in promoting an ethical, open and empowering workplace culture at CBRE—and it’s likely Edith’s mother would agree that’s greatness worth sowing.

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