There can be no doubt that sustainable real estate practices have become commonplace for any occupier that leases, owns, or operates corporate facilities. While the emphasis placed on sustainability varies by organization, and is often tied to larger enterprise goals and objectives, a discussion about corporate social responsibility (CSR) takes place with almost every occupancy decision made today. Businesses large and small realize the benefits of being “Green.” They know that reducing energy use can translate into real cost savings and projecting an environmentally responsible image enhances their brand. But, how are today’s corporations approaching sustainability from an organizational perspective? And, how is being “green” impacting their business and real estate policies?
In its latest client survey, Cushman & Wakefield conducted in-depth interviews with 27 real estate and sustainability directors at 23 leading US-based corporations to determine how being sustainable impacts their corporate real estate (CRE) policies. The feedback and results provide insight into how CRE approaches sustainability and the effect it is having on real estate trends.