Workplace Strategy

In 2013, CBRE launched Workplace360, our global workplace strategy initiative with the opening of our corporate headquarters office in Los Angeles, California. The first Workplace360 office in the U.S., the Los Angeles space followed the open format, free-address concept pioneered by CBRE in the Netherlands. By the end of 2020, we had opened 90 Workplace360 offices worldwide, representing 40% of our global occupied space.

"By the end of 2020, we had opened 90 Workplace360 offices worldwide, representing 40% of our global occupied space."

Sustainable Offices

As our Environmental Sustainability Policy states, we give preference to certified green buildings for our leased corporate facilities and/or pursue interior design and construction certification using recognized green building standards when we relocate or refurbish offices larger than 1,000 sqm. In total, 141 CBRE offices totalling more than 330,000 sqm, or approximately 47% of our global occupied space, have been certified under the schemes LEED, BREEAM, WELL and Fitwel.

CBRE operates in more than 500 offices globally, all of which are leased space; CBRE does not own any offices. The vast majority of our corporate occupancy occurs as a tenant in multi-tenant office buildings.

This occupancy strategy allows maximum flexibility in our space decisions; however, it complicates our efforts to measure, manage and mitigate our resource consumption, as most leased locations feature full building utility meters. To measure our own use requires the installation of separate utility meters. Globally, 45.5% of our occupied floor area was directly metered in 2020 and enabled capturing relevant consumption data for the 2020 GHG emissions inventory.

European initiatives

In Spain, our Madrid office achieved the first WELL® certification in Continental Europe in 2016. Following the success of our Los Angeles headquarters (certified in 2013) and the positive feedback received, we are committed to incorporating wellness features in our new workplaces.

In France, in 2021, our Paris office won an international energy competition. Our HQ cut its energy consumptions by 32,3% in one year. Our energy management team achieved this great results without any CAPEX, just focusing on Operation, Measurement & Management but also on behaviour change & sobriety.