Best community engagement

For the management team that has developed a reputation for their firm of being great corporate citizens.


From left: Jon Culshaw, Ashley Sweetland (CBRE) and Paul Buchanan (Business in the Community)


CBRE presented a robust business/community case match; demonstrated depth and breadth of firm involvement with multiple touch points; and provided a mix of firm cash, staff fundraising cash, staff volunteering and use of staff's commercial expertise.

The judges were particularly impressed by the unifying nature of their project, bringing together 87 offices across 27 countries and by the level of senior support. In addition, the firm has made a long term commitment to supporting their charity partner, UNICEF and they have met stretching fundraising goals, including the building of 20 cyclone proof schools in Madagascar. The winner's programme makes a significant difference to lives of some of the world's most vulnerable children.

Winner's quote: "We are delighted to receive this award from the Managing Partners’ Forum in recognition of our responsible business commitments. Everyone at CBRE is very proud of what we have achieved through our ‘Building a better future for children’ programme with UNICEF over the last three years".

Ashley Sweetland MBE, Corporate Responsibility Manager for CBRE across Europe, the Middle East and Africa


Shearman & Sterling

The judges were particularly impressed with Shearman & Sterling's long-term commitment to Walworth Academy and how they have found many ways to get large numbers of staff involved through a carefully considered and well organised series of activities. Their programme not only supports the students, but also parents and the local community and shows how a focussed effort can make a meaningful difference.