Employees: 31,000 (2011)
Revenue: $5.1 billion (2011)
As the world's largest commercial real estate services company with operations in more than 30 countries and more than 2.4 billion square feet of commercial space under management, CBRE is keen to spot opportunities for itself and its clients to generate returns and savings through sustainability.
The company sees sustainability as an essential part of its operations, and entirely consistent with its core values of Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence (RISE). It believes that the biggest contribution it can make to corporate social responsibility (CSR) is through being as environmentally sustainable as possible, and advising its commercial clients in doing the same.
In 2007, CBRE became the first commercial real estate services company to announce a commitment to become carbon neutral in its own operations. In addition, CBRE is assisting property owners and occupiers with energy efficiency, recycling and sustainability programs at building spaces it manages around the world.
Specifically, the organization engages every one of its property and facilities management and brokerage clients in proactive discussions about environmental issues, with the understanding that the majority of such clients will implement energy-saving technology and practices at their locations. This will help them reduce their green house gas emissions and energy costs at the properties and corporate facilities that CBRE manages.
In October 2011, CBRE was ranked 128th in Newsweek’s 500 most environmentally sustainable US companies. The company has been the highest ranking company in the financial services sector since the list's launch in 2009.