Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
At Cushman & Wakefield, we believe that ‘life is what we make it’. That’s why we strive to make an impact with everything we do, all around the world. We believe that diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) is everyone’s responsibility and that each of us has a unique role to play – the impact starts with us.
Cushman & Wakefield is committed to building a diverse and engaged workforce and supporting an inclusive environment where our colleagues can do their best work. We believe that embracing new perspectives helps us solve problems, create opportunities and develop new ideas. Bringing together all our colleagues from across the globe of different cultures, backgrounds and experiences within Cushman & Wakefield is an important part of our identity.
OUR DEI APPROACH
Our diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) vision is to have the most diverse, equitable and inclusive commercial real estate company that continuously delivers impactful results for our colleagues, clients, partners and shareholders.
Our mission is to evolve our culture of inclusion and belonging through a nurturing environment of curiosity, continuous learning and growth. We strive to hire, develop and advance diverse talent throughout the organization. We believe that having a diverse and thriving workforce enables new perspectives, creativity, better risk management, and problem solving leading to superior results for our colleagues, client, partners and shareholders.
Global Approach & Strategic Priorities
At Cushman & Wakefield, we know it takes intentional commitment and accountability to achieve progress. We are focused on creating long-term sustainable change through a DEI strategy that addresses the systems, policies and key decision points that influence company culture. Our holistic global DEI strategy focuses on making a positive impact for our workforce, workplace and the marketplace.
Develop, nurture and empower our colleagues to do their best work, and recruit and retain historically underrepresented talent.
Develop a culture of equity, inclusion and belonging through increased leadership accountability, transparency and cross-cultural education.
Optimize the value we bring to clients through DEI with a robust supplier diversity offering, increased partnerships with women owned and historically underrepresented minority owned businesses and better support for DEI inclusion in client pursuits.
As a global company, we know that DEI means something different depending on where you are in the world. To ensure we are establishing the right priorities to address the biggest opportunities, we maintain regional DEI councils that operate in the Americas, EMEA and APAC. Each Council is chaired by the regional CEO and made up of senior leaders who represent a broad range of diversity, various lines of businesses and geographic locations in the region. We are excited about the collective impact we can make as we further our culture as where all belong and thrive. Together, we make it inclusive.
Strategic External Partnerships
An important component of Cushman & Wakefield’s global DEI strategy is leveraging industry partnerships to deepen our ability to address needs across multiple dimensions of diversity including, gender, race/ethnicity, LGBTQ+, disability, veterans and social mobility.
Our DEI external partners are reputable, best-in-class organizations with DEI subject matter expertise and align to colleague engagement and development, candidate sourcing and recruitment, client engagement, thought leadership and branding and visibility. Cushman & Wakefield currently maintains 15 strategic DEI relationships to further our impact.
Cushman & Wakefield Celebrates International Women’s Day
Cushman & Wakefield and C&W Services are committed to accelerating gender parity within our businesses and the commercial real estate industry. We recognize this as an area where we have a significant impact given the size of our workforce, with approximately 52,000 employees in 400 offices around the world.
As we celebrate International Women's Day (IWD) – a global day recognizing the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – we thank our outstanding women colleagues for their contributions to our firm, the service they provide to our clients, and the impact they make in our communities every day.
Life is what SHE makes it. Today on International Women’s Day, and every day, we celebrate the women of Cushman & Wakefield who embrace equity, community, leadership, sustainability, technology and opportunity.
We value all aspects of our global diversity and appreciate each of our 52,000 colleagues in 60 countries. Our colleagues around the world share a relentless commitment to both ideas and action, from delivering exceptional client service to making an impact in our communities. As we continue our DEI journey, we are committed to:
- Fostering an inclusive and equitable environment where all our colleagues can do their best work, contribute to the success of the business and thrive.
- Ensuring that the diversity of our organization reflects the world in which we live, with particular focus on increasing diversity at the leadership levels.
- Attracting, retaining, developing and advancing a diverse mix of talent at all levels of the organization.
- Equipping colleagues with experiences, education and resources that inspire curiosity and build confidence while supporting their learning and development.
Employees by Gender (as of 2022)
Women make up 40% of our global workforce, placing Cushman & Wakefield ahead of our CRE industry peers in this area
44% of our Board of Directors are women
41% of our Executives are women
43% of our People Managers are women
Employees by Generation (as of 2022)
Employees by Race/Ethnicity in the U.S. (as of 2022)
45% of our workforce in the United States are racially and ethnically diverse
22% of our Board of Directors are racially and ethnically diverse
21% of our Executives are racially and ethnically diverse
29% of our People Managers are racially and ethnically diverse
All of us are responsible for creating an inclusive culture where everyone feels that they belong, are safe and can be their authentic selves. To help every colleague understand their responsibility, we have implemented global policies on anti-harassment and anti-discrimination, diversity, equity, and inclusion and vendor supplier integrity.
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Employee Resource Groups
Our nine Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are an important part of our infrastructure at Cushman & Wakefield. With 4,000+ members around the world, our ERGs are company-funded, employee-led teams of volunteers with a common identity along with allies that support their mission.
The ERGs contribute to advancing the DEI strategy and to the success of the business by helping to raise DEI awareness, foster employee engagement and inclusion, build community and a sense of belonging. Each year, our ERGs host events around commercial impact, community involvement, education and development, recruitment and workplace culture and celebrate DEI observances.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Our demonstrated values and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion directly impact our colleagues, clients, suppliers and business. We are proud to be an employer of choice.
2023 Military Friendly® Top 10 Employer
2022 Military Friendly® Employer Gold Award
2022 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index
2022 Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality
2022 WBENC Top Corporation for Women’s Business Enterprises
2022 WeConnect International Bronze Top Global Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Champion
2022 GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum – Diversity Champion
2022 VETS Indexes 3-Star Employer
2022 50/50 Women on Boards
2021 World's Top Female Friendly Companies – Forbes
2021 Best Employers for Women – Forbes
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