Why diversity and inclusion are vital for real estate firms

by Steve Randall11 Mar 2019

The best-performing firms embrace diversity and inclusion in their workplaces and real estate firms can benefit from a culture shift.

That’s the focus of a new book published by international industry body RICS and global real estate firm CBRE which helps real estate firms place diversity and inclusion at the centre of their culture.

“Research shows that high-performing organisations focus on diversity and inclusion,” says Amanda Clack, FRICS, head of strategy advisory at CBRE. “In any workplace, it is important to both understand and recognise the benefits that having a D&I workforce provides. It is integral to developing people within an organisation, serving clients as best we can, and playing an important leadership role in communities. We truly hope that this book will herald a step change in the role of D&I.”

The book, Managing Diversity and Inclusion in the Real Estate Sector will be launched at the international MIPIM 2019 event in Cannes this week.

It presents a practical and easy-to-read guide that can help organisations and their leaders engage with and apply this agenda to win the war for talent in real estate and construction.

Not about ticking boxes
"Diversity is not about ticking boxes, you have to believe it and implement real change, starting with education,” says Ciaran Bird, UK Managing Director, CBRE. “This is a fascinating book, which really brings home the point that no business can afford to underestimate the commercial imperative of having a diverse and collaborative workforce."

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