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Cushman & Wakefield releases 2022 Environmental, Social and Governance Report

Quynh Dang • 30/08/2023
  • Leading global commercial real estate firm highlights progress toward sustainability targets, diversity metrics and more

Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK), a leading global commercial real estate services firm, today released its 2022 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report. The ESG Report covers the firm’s global impact and progress across key ESG areas during 2022, and progress on targets for the years to come as the firm helps shape a more sustainable, inclusive future for commercial real estate.

Cushman & Wakefield view ESG as a key priority for the business and work to take bold action to advance ESG within its operations and for its clients around the world. The firm prioritizes responsible corporate citizenship, reducing its environmental impact and creating an inclusive workplace for all, while enabling clients to do the same.

“Through our work, we aim to deliver real estate services with the highest standards of environmental care and social responsibility to drive purposeful change for our business and clients,” said Cushman & Wakefield CEO Michelle MacKay. “Around the world, many of our clients are looking to us to help achieve their own ESG goals. Our size, scale and balance of strategic and technical capabilities make us well-suited to integrate ESG within the property lifecycle for our own firm and to help our clients do the same. Cushman & Wakefield’s 2022 ESG Report shows the firm’s meaningful progress in achieving our goals.”

Some of the firm’s recent ESG highlights include:


  • Recognized among the first group of companies to have a net zero commitment validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
  • Observed a 33% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 (market-based) GHG emissions since our 2019 baseline.
  • Observed a 51% reduction in total Scope 1 and 2 (market-based) GHG emissions per million square feet of office space in 2022 as compared to 2021.
  • Sourced 48% of Cushman & Wakefield’s electricity for its operations from renewable1 sources in 2022.
  • Named an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for 11th consecutive year in 2023.
  • Provided energy and sustainability services to more than 38,750 buildings totaling approximately 930 million square feet (msf) of space globally.
  • Launched new Global Sustainability Learning course to provide our people with an overview of sustainability and why it is important to Cushman & Wakefield.


  • Spent $802.4 million with more than 3,600 diverse suppliers2 in 2022 in North America, a 38% increase from the previous year.
  • Women at Cushman & Wakefield
    • Total Workforce: 40% women (Compared to 40% in 2021)
    • New Hires: 41% women (Compared to 42% in 2021)
    • Executives: 41% women (Compared to 22% in 2021)
    • People Managers: 43% women (Compared to 42% in 2021)
    • Board of Directors: 44% women as of the publication date of the 2022 ESG Report (Compared to 40% as reported in our 2021 ESG report)
  • 45% of U.S. employees are racially/ethnically diverse3
  • Named 2023 Forbes America's Best Employers For Diversity
  • Named 2023 Military Friendly® Employer in the U.S.
  • Named 2022 Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality, Human Rights Campaign
  • In 2022, more than 30,000 eligible employees completed two required DEI education courses, resulting in an 85% completion rate and more than 62,000 hours of DEI education.
  • Produced more than 2,100 reports and thought leadership pieces, including insights on sustainability, workplace experience, logistics and more.


  • Added ESG oversight responsibilities to the Nominating and Corporate Governance and Audit Committees of the Board of Directors.
  • Named International Ethics Standards (IES) Coalition, Business Supporter
  • Confirmed 92% of employees completed our annual Code of Business Conduct Training.

The report also mentions ESG activities of Cushman & Wakefield team in Vietnam, particularly their 350km-journey from Ho Chi Minh City to Dak Nong to visit Maison Chance Dak Nong in April last year. Maison Chance Dak Nong is a home, teaching and vocational school, and nursing home for more than 150 residents, nestled in the hills away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Here, Cushman & Wakefield held a painting contest themed "The World in My Eyes" and received artworks from 35 little artists, who are disadvantaged children in primary school. All 35 students received scholarships for their future learning and creative journey. Among the entries, we have selected 5 outstanding artworks to be printed on notebooks, bags and umbrellas to make meaningful gift items for clients around the world.

The 2022 ESG Report offers a deep dive into what Cushman & Wakefield has accomplished, what is being planned, and how the firm's values across ESG areas drive impact. The report is prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) revised Universal Standards, which guide the development of the content and data provided therein. The report also contains disclosures recommended in the Real Estate Services standards that were developed by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).

Download Cushman & Wakefield’s 2022 ESG Report.


1 C&W’s acquisition of renewable energy in 2022 consisted of unbundled EACs (Energy Attribute Certificates) in the U.S., as well as the procurement of renewable energy via utility providers in some of our offices.

2 A business that is at least 51% owned and operated by a historically underrepresented or underserved individual or group qualifies as a diverse supplier.

3 Racially/ Ethnically diverse is defined as U.S. employees who identify their race/ ethnicity as American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or Two or More Races


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