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CBRE teams up with Social Enterprise Republic of Ireland

CBRE’s Global Workplace Solutions business has entered into an exclusive agreement with Social Enterprise Republic of Ireland (SERI) to drive social enterprise participation in the corporate sector across Ireland.

As of 1 September 2022, CBRE and SERI are now participating in the Buy Social Corporate Challenge (BSCC) initiative, which aims to:

  1. Raise awareness of social enterprise in the Irish Corporate sector.
  2. Create procurement opportunities for social enterprises in Ireland.
  3. Support capacity building within social enterprise businesses by providing feedback, training, and mentoring.

This structured programme will provide a platform for CBRE to access the social enterprise sector in Ireland through structured workshops and organic interaction opportunities. Additionally, SERI will identify suitable social enterprises from within its network of members to work alongside CBRE in the delivery of facilities management services for its clients.

CBRE’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion vision is to “enable their people and business partners to thrive by fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment where everyone can belong”. The goal is to increase CBRE’s procurement spend with diverse suppliers to $3 billion a year by the end of 2025.

Gavin Callan, Procurement Director, CBRE said: “This partnership with SERI aligns with CBRE’s commitment to responsible and sustainable business practices and will help Irish social enterprise suppliers grow their revenues and impact by tapping into CBRE’s corporate purchasing power. Through buying from social enterprises, CBRE can further embed positive social impact into our supply chain.”

Tammy Darcy, Buy Social Manager, SERI added: “This is a really exciting time for the Social Enterprise sector in Ireland. As awareness of Social Enterprise and its benefits to society and the economy grows, we will see more corporations seek out opportunities to do business with us. In order to meet the rising demand, we need support in terms of capacity building, networking and mentoring. We are delighted to work with CBRE to develop a programme of support for the social enterprises which are ready, or preparing to enter the corporate market.”

Creating a positive visitor experience in a Hybrid world of work

While some personnel are finally returning to the office – the great majority of organisations (up to 83 per cent) anticipate a hybrid mix of on-premises and working from home to continue for the foreseeable future.

This means that when it comes to providing access to the workplace, where once it was simply enough to maintain a welcoming reception for visitors, organisations today must also keep a close eye on access permissions in real-time to keep buildings safe and secure while ensuring they comply with compliance.

Pitney Bowes Smart Access Management in association with FMJ has produced a new White Paper which explains how to create a welcoming, actively managed environment for authorised people.

It explains how new Smart Access Management™ (SAM) delivers a complete, real-time and data-driven view of all your people, visitors and contractors, to help give you greater control and visibility.

To download the white paper click here.

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