Cushman & Wakefield announced today that the firm has been named to Forbes’ The Best Employers for Diversity list for 2019.
“Fostering a culture that embraces diversity and inclusion is a foundational component of our success as a company,” said Cushman & Wakefield Americas CEO Shawn Mobley. “It’s at the center of our People Strategy and – most importantly – we produce the best outcomes for our clients when we harness the power of diverse teams and diverse perspectives. While we are honored by this recognition, we also realize that we can always do more. We are committed to continuing to build an organization where all of our employees feel a deep sense of belonging.”
Forbes uses an independent survey of more than 50,000 people to identify companies with exemplary diversity and inclusion practices. Evaluations are based on four criteria: direct recommendations, where employees recommend their employers; indirect recommendations, where minority-group respondents may recommend other firms; diversity among top executives/board; and key performance indicators such whether a company has an executive devoted to diversity and how management communicates dedication to a diverse culture.
Cushman & Wakefield has a number of global D&I initiatives. Americas D&I initiatives include:
- Americas Diversity & Inclusion Council: Shawn Mobley, Chief Executive of the Americas, leads a group of senior executives to act as diversity champions. The group is working on building greater awareness of leadership D&I best practices throughout our markets and lines of business, and providing the tools and resources to help leaders model inclusive behaviors.
- UNITY: UNITY’s mission is to provide an open-minded support system for conducting business and addressing the personal requirements of our LGBTQ community through employee development, networking and mentoring. UNITY was developed to foster an inclusive environment at Cushman & Wakefield by making a difference in the quality of life at work for LGBTQ employees and allies, and engages in community support, corporate responsibility and outreach.
- Veterans Initiative Program: As part of Cushman & Wakefield’s commitment to hiring and supporting veterans, an initiative spearheaded by Bruce Mosler, Chairman of Global Brokerage, the firm is growing partnerships with organizations including Hiring Our Heroes and Team Rubicon, as well as working with coalitions to develop best practices for hiring, retaining and supporting veteran colleagues. The firm also supports veterans through our philanthropy, donating to organizations such as Operation Finally Home. Cushman & Wakefield’s veterans recruitment website includes a video that features commentary from some of Cushman & Wakefield’s veterans as well as the effort behind our recruiting initiative.
- Women’s Integrated Network (WIN): The Women’s Integrated Network (WIN) was created to develop and support the talents of women team members by providing a platform that values diverse perspectives and leverages leadership skills to benefit our firm, clients and the industry as a whole. By sharing information, best practices, education and experience, members of this group help one another develop leadership skills and career advancing opportunities. There are currently 40 chapters across the Americas, with over 2,400 members, and WIN has also launched chapters in Mexico, Brazil, Singapore and Australia. Additionally, Cushman & Wakefield is a long-time supporter of the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network, a global organization dedicated to advancing the achievement of women in the industry – Cushman & Wakefield’s Alison Beddard, Managing Principal – Utah, served as CREW President in 2017.
- Blacks United in Leadership and Development (BUILD): Cushman & Wakefield recently launched BUILD, an employee resource group that fosters the advancement of our professionals that identify as black or African descent. It works to promote career and leadership development and engage top talent to help drive performance at Cushman & Wakefield. BUILD hit the ground running by helping coordinate volunteering during Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a National Day of Service in the U.S.
- Cushman & Wakefield Future Leaders (CWFL): CWFL members strive to advance their careers, the Cushman & Wakefield brand and the firm’s vision to drive meaningful value to clients while fostering the firm’s future leadership. The group's mission is to create a network of rising professionals within Cushman & Wakefield, which, through continuing education, collaboration, communication and community service, will grow individually and collectively. CWFL currently has over 1,000 members spread across 34 chapters.