JLL Will Target CRE’s “Systemic Challenges” with Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
JLL on Thursday announced several initiatives designed to foster greater diversity, inclusion and equity across the commercial real estate industry. The company’s new and expanded programs will focus on attracting, developing and retaining diverse talent by targeting systemic challenges in the CRE sector.
These initiatives include reducing financial barriers to entry for brokerage and capital markets professionals; expanding early identification programs to recruit more women; offering programs and resources that drive inclusion and understanding in the workplace; and consciously seeking diverse supplier and vendor partners. JLL plans to leverage its work in the U.S. as a blueprint globally.
“Commercial real estate has long lagged behind other industries in reflecting the communities it serves,” said John Gates, CEO, Americas markets. “While there’s no easy answer to solving this industry-wide challenge, through our wide-ranging programs addressing recruitment, retention and talent development, we can start to change the industry from within.”