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CBRE recognized for Best Internal Diversity Practice.

A strong commitment to fostering an inclusive work environment that recognizes each person's unique value and their contributions to the firm's success has earned CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) recognition as Work Life Matters magazine's Best Internal Diversity Practice.

"At CB Richard Ellis, we see diversity as an essential enabling force within our company," said CBRE's Christine Snyder, vice president, Corporate Human Resources--Diversity and Talent Development.

"We recognize, however, that there are sectors within the commercial real estate industry, and within our organization, where diversity is lacking. This award underscores the accomplishments and contributions we've made in identifying those gaps and working toward their fill."

CBRE was one of a handful of companies honored for their Work Life Practices at Work Life Matters' 2nd Annual Work Life Practices Awards.

Last winter, the magazine ran a cover story highlighting CBRE's pioneering diversity efforts and featuring Eric Yarbro, senior vice president and founder of CBRE's African American Network Group, and Lisa Konieczka, senior vice president and founder of the firm's Women's Network.

Commenting on CBRE's business case for diversity, Konieczka said, "Every company strives for excellence, but unless you welcome and encourage diversity, you will not achieve brilliance."

"We hope that by putting our diversity initiatives in place, the entire commercial real estate industry will replicate our example, thus making the industry more inclusive," said Yarbro.

Snyder said, "Our goal is not only to transform this organization in terms of attracting and retaining the best talent, but also to transform the industry.

"The recognition of this effort from Work Life Matters is truly gratifying."
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Title Annotation:CB Richard Ellis
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
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Date:Oct 19, 2005
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