Over several generations, CBRE has earned its status as the world leader in commercial real estate. The company's success is attributable to a variety of factors: expertise, experience, a skilled workforce, a solid commercial strategy, high-quality services and above all, high standards of business conduct.

The very cornerstone of CBRE's reputation is its respect for its corporate values and ethical principles in its day-to-day business.

Learn about CBRE's corporate values: Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence.

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The introduction of an ethics and compliance programme

CBRE Chief Compliance Officer manages a worldwide ethics and compliance programme and reports to the board of directors on its implementation.

In particular, this programme includes: 

  • In each country, appointment of persons responsible for ensuring ethical compliance;
  • Risk audits and risk mapping;
  • Introduction of procedures and policies designed to limit these risks and ensure compliance with company values and ethical principles;
  • Introduction of an ongoing training and communication programme on ethics and compliance;
  • Alert system for raising violation issues of procedures, policies and regulations;
  • Follow up actions on such violations – in particular, investigations and disciplinary measures.

The ethics and compliance programme addresses a wide variety of topics, including:
  • Compliance with industry laws and regulations;
  • Prevention of corruption, financial crime, insider trading, conflicts of interest and environmental and social risks;
  • Compliance with competition rules;
  • Adherence to good business practice;
  • Data protection;
  • Protection of intellectual property rights;
  • Protection of company assets and information;
  • Promotion of employment & social  responsibility and sustainability.

Standards of professional conduct

Our standards of professional conduct are at the heart of CBRE's ethics and compliance programme. 

They reflect the company's determination to act with integrity. CBRE is committed to observing both the spirit and the letter of these regulations, no matter how complex and competitive the business environment becomes.

These standards act as a daily guide for employees and reflect company values. They describe, encapsulate and enshrine a number of rules that are set out in more detailed policies, some of which have been in force at CBRE for years (confidentiality, anti-money laundering practices, avoidance of conflicts of interest, respect for human rights, etc.).

Strengthening professional ethics

CBRE is also working with competitors to strengthen professional ethical industry standards. Together with BNP Paribas Real Estate, Cushman & Wakefield and JLL, and within the framework of the FNAIM Entreprises trade association, the company has pledged to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

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