NEW YORK—CBRE Group, Inc. has been honored by The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) for its efforts in organizational diversity and inclusion.
‘The Diversity & Inclusion Award’ was presented by MBA Chairman Rodrigo Lopez, CMB, to Brian Stoffers, Global President, and Jeff Hurley, Senior Managing Director, of CBRE Capital Markets’ Debt & Structured Finance team during the CREF/Multifamily Housing Convention & Expo 2017.
This is the first year that the MBA has recognized member companies for initiatives specifically developed and designed to increase diversity and inclusion within its leadership and employee base. CBRE was highlighted for its many initiatives, including Advancing Women in Leadership program, Diversity Executive Briefings, Inclusive Leadership Training, IMPACT! Program, and long-standing focus on Employee Network Groups, including its African-American Network Group, Asia Pacific Network, Hispanic and Latin Business Resource Group, LGBT & Allies, Women’s Network, CBRE Military, and Rising Professional Organization.
“We are extremely proud of this recognition and the strides that we’ve made in the area of inclusion and diversity. Fostering a diverse and inclusive environment is not only important for attracting and retaining the best people, it’s essential for any world-class company,” said Mr. Stoffers.
“There is tremendous power in each individual’s unique life experience. Our differences become the foundation for fresh strategies and innovative solutions to our clients’ challenges. We are proud of the inclusive, social spirit that exists across our company and continuously strive to enhance our efforts,” said Eric Paul, Global Head of Talent Management, CBRE.
Company initiatives were scored by a group of judges consisting of members of MBA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and MBA staff. The companies were scored based on: the quality of their overall submission; identification of a target audience and annual goals; demonstration of a tangible benefit to participants and the overall enterprise; replicability of the program; innovative program approaches; and program success in broadening the culture of the organization through the values of diversity and inclusion.
“The real estate finance industry is committed to embracing diversity and inclusion. Incorporating diverse communities into leadership brings different background, experiences, and perspectives to the forefront. MBA received many very qualified submissions, and it was a tough job sorting through them. We are very happy to be recognizing CBRE as our first Commercial/Multifamily Award winner,” said MBA Chairman-Elect Dave Motley, CMB, Chairman of MBA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.