When someone is subjected to inappropriate conduct that interferes with his or her ability to do and enjoy their job, we all suffer. The Company has implemented strong policies against harassment in each country where we operate. These policies describe the conduct that is prohibited and establish procedures for raising concerns and reporting violations. They set expectations of our managers and define the roles of the Human Resources, Legal and Compliance Departments in reporting, Investigations and follow-up. Finally, they provide that anyone engaging in conduct in violation of our anti-harassment policies will be held personally responsible.
Harassment may take many forms, from overt sexual advances to offhanded remarks or jokes, to offensive gestures, regardless of the intent. We recognize that each country and culture has somewhat different views of the type of conduct that is acceptable among colleagues in the workplace. However, these differences tend to be minor. Overemphasizing these differences can distract us from the fundamental truth—all of our colleagues deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and not be subjected to offensive or degrading behavior.
Regardless of where Company policy sets the bar in terms of prohibited inappropriate or harassing behavior, it is easy to stay in compliance with our harassment-related policies by asking yourself a few simple questions:
Would you like a family member to be treated the same way?
Would you be acting the same way or say the same thing if a family member or our CEO were present?
Would it embarrass you or CBRE if your conduct were videotaped and reported on the evening news?
If you manage or supervise other employees, it is your job to enforce CBRE's policies. If inappropriate conduct such as harassment occurs on your watch and you do not report it or address it, it is as if you condoned or engaged in the conduct yourself. All of our supervisors and managers should be familiar with our policies on harassment and their obligations for handling complaints and reporting violations of policy.