CBRE employees are encouraged to participate in policy, educational and political matters that affect our lives, communities and business. Many of our employees hold elected office, are members of local boards or commissions, or get involved with political and/or educational campaigns. These activities often require public speaking, publishing opinion pieces, or giving interviews to media. When engaging in these activities, no employee is permitted to use CBRE's name or logo, or identify themselves as being affiliated with CBRE without obtaining prior written consent from the Corporate Communications Department. We ask that the leaders in our Company, including city or regional market leaders, use common sense when participating in any activity outside the office, including civic affairs. Even when not using CBRE's name, your unique position and profile in the community means almost anything you say or do could be attributed to the Company.

Corporate political contributions and lobbying of governments or their officials are strictly regulated in most countries. We have decided that CBRE will not make any political contributions and employees are not entitled to make them on CBRE's behalf. CBRE will become involved in public affairs only through very controlled procedures and with the approval of the Legal Department.

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CBRE is a finalist to win an assignment to represent Indianapolis in its purchase of a site for the Citys new skate park for underprivileged children. The Commissioner of the Department of Public Works, an elected official, is in charge of the Citys deal. You are having lunch with Maya, who is the Commissioners campaign Manager. While you are paying the bill, Maya suggests that CBRE will be awarded the assignment if it makes a generous contribution to the "Friends of the Commissioner" reelection fund.

What should you do?

A) Make the contribution and expense it back to the Company as "business development." B) Personally make a donation to the "Friends of the Commissioner" campaign and take the tax deduction, but only after CBRE has been awarded the bid. C) Tell Maya that you fully support the Commissioners re-election, but that you are not authorized to make a corporate contribution to his campaign.
Correct Answer — C

Employees are not authorized to make political contributions on the companys behalf. Report this conversation to your Management team and ask for guidance.

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Please re-examine the situation presented carefully and choose again.

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