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 around the world.
CBRE Cares, the company’s corporate giving and volunteerism organization, facilitates this effort by serving as an overarching
platform to further a wide variety of charitable activities. CBRE Cares leverages the passion and talents of our employees across the globe to create real benefit for individuals in need through community outreach and support, disaster-response initiatives, and locally driven, regionally sanctioned programs.
CBRE Cares is supported by the CBRE Foundation, a nonprofit, public benefit corporation that funds our company’s philanthropic initiatives. Under its governance, CBRE Cares’ charitable initiatives have developed from grassroots efforts to a cohesive program more aligned with our business and values. While each of our company’s three regions— Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa; and Asia Pacific—operates independently and establishes their own programs and initiatives, one element remains the same: the charitable spirit and enthusiasm for service of CBRE’s employees.
CBRE makes a significant impact on communities across the United States through the individual, local efforts of our offices and four principal U.S.-based initiatives—Matching Funds Program, National Shoe Collection Drive, Birthday Cakes & More for Homeless Children and Shelter Program. CBRE also offers U.S. employees two days paid time off during the year for their participation in certain volunteer opportunities.
Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)
In 2014, Plan International was selected as our EMEA charity partner for 2014-16. Plan is a
truly inspiring independent global charity that has been working for more
than 75 years to change the stories of millions of children and offer them a
different life. Our program
with Plan International engages all of our EMEA offices and supports their work to provide education to children
in Sierra Leone, one of the poorest countries in the world. Our program is a
truly unique opportunity for us to affect real change where it is most needed.
Asia Pacific (APAC)
Walk for a Wish, CBRE's largest philanthropic event in APAC, supports our commitment to social responsibility by bringing teams together from each business line for a 10km walk that raises funds for several worthy charities across the region. Helping Hands, a community service initiative across CBRE’s offices in Australia and New Zealand, offers all staff members two days of paid leave each year to volunteer with a local nonprofit organization, doing a variety of hands-on community projects.
Disaster relief is a long-held tenet of CBRE’s charitable agenda. The CBRE Disaster Relief Foundation, acting in tandem with the CBRE Foundation and CBRE Cares, matches employee contributions and distributes the funds through a network of global pre-approved partner organizations that focus on disaster relief and rebuilding communities in need. Additionally, the CBRE Disaster Relief Foundation enables employees around the world to aid fellow colleagues who have suffered a catastrophic loss as a result of a natural disaster by providing financial assistance via a grant process.
Learn more about our Communities and Giving programs in our Corporate Responsibility Report, and follow our charitable activities on Twitter at @cbrecares.