Competitive information can be valuable to us to understand and manage our markets and services so we can better meet our clients' needs. However, we will gather and use information only in accordance with the law and our high ethical standards and we will respect the confidentiality of our competitors' and suppliers' information. Any information we suspect has been obtained improperly must not be used. The law prohibits us from obtaining information through theft, blackmail, wiretapping, electronic eavesdropping, hacking, pretexting, bribery, improper inducement, receiving stolen property, threats and other improper methods. It is also important that we acquire competitive information ethically. Here are some guidelines:
- We will not misrepresent who we are or for whom we work.
- We will not use a competitor's employees as improper sources of non-public information.
- CBRE employees or recruits should not divulge to us proprietary information about their other employers, and we should not ask them to.
- We will not use confidential information obtained from another company, especially if it is marked “proprietary” or “confidential” (or information we have reason to think should have been marked that way), unless we have specific permission. If a third party attempts to share proprietary information with you without a signed non-disclosure agreement in place, do not accept it—stop the conversation.
If you have any questions or believe that material you possess may violate these standards, you should contact the Legal or Compliance Departments immediately.