Our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender network Building Pride was launched in 2014 to promote LGBT diversity within JLL by creating a secure, respectful and accepted environment enabling and empowering LGBT professionals to reach their full potential. JLL is a member of Stonewall and we engage with Freehold, the leading and unique networking forum for LGBT professionals working within the real estate sector. We were the first real estate firm to register and participate in the Pride in London Parade and have also raised money for the charity The Albert Kennedy Trust.
"Building Pride UK was formed in 2014. Our network is committed to making a positive difference within JLL through mentoring and networking opportunities and to provide a safe, secure and respectful environment for LGBT employees where people have the confidence to be their whole selves at work. We have received great support from our UK CEO Chris Ireland and senior management."
- Kelly Canterford, Strategic Asset Management and Craig Bluer, Property and Asset Management
Our women's network was created to support, mentor and provide role models for JLL women across all business lines and in all roles. In addition to a strong focus on Communication, there is real momentum around facilitating and encouraging collaboration, networking and supporting the development of business and personal skills leading to business generation. Open to all, the level of engagement and support from across the business and within our client network has been significant and continue to inspire commitment, enthusiasm and creativity.
"I am whole heartedly committed to ensuring that JLL is a better place to work for its women and because of its women. It's time for me to give something back as chair of the JLL Women's Network and I can't wait."
- Helen Gough, Lead DirectorBuildings and Construction
The R4C network is developed by our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic employees. The network aims to attract, develop and grow our talent while becoming more representative of the communities where we live and work. It's important to create an environment that enables everybody to appreciate and learn about the different cultures and ethnicities that shapes our company. Embracing diversity improves business for JLL, our shareholders and clients.
"Many people have the perception that race equality is not being prioritised within the property industry; controversial maybe, but all one has to do is look around. Prioritising this may not be easy but is essential to foster cultural change so we are proud to be a part of this drive that further strengthens JLL's diversity efforts."
- Lakruwani Herath-Culley, UK PR and Usama Sapru, Energy Consultant, Upstream Sustainability Services.
The network originally set up by a group of returning to work mothers, offers all working parents an opportunity to share experiences and discuss challenges they may face as their children grow up. It is a community which recognises that talking with other working parents is often the most powerful form of support!
"As working parents ourselves, we recognise the importance of connecting working parents at JLL to share experiences and challenges faced as our children grow up."
- Nisha Masson, Associate Director, Central London Retail and Arti Ram, Associate Director, Corporate Solutions
We launched our apprentice scheme in 2013 as part of our broader emerging talent agenda. We connected with the City of London Apprenticeship Scheme to offer an alternative to university and provide opportunities to talented school leavers from varying backgrounds at the beginning their career. Each year our apprentice programme has increased and we now have apprentices in London and several regional offices. Our network is committed to ensuring both past and present Apprentices feel connected and supported while at JLL and to provide opportunities to expand their knowledge of the property industry whilst building their career.
The JLL UK Expats' Network enables ongoing networking opportunities for new and long-term expatriates and repatriates. It helps everyone establish connections to encourage and support global mobility and business opportunities.
"At JLL we recognise the importance of creating an environment to help our Expats connect with each other and share their experiences. As chair of the network, I want to ensure everyone feels welcome and is equipped to enjoy and contribute to life in the UK, both professionally and personally."
- Rosemary Lewis, Associate Director, Corporate Solutions
Our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy is an essential element of Building a Better Tomorrow, JLL's Sustainability Leadership Agenda. It contributes to our lasting values for clients, employees, shareholders, communities and our industry. Everything we do today should be Building a Better Tomorrow.
D&I drives innovation, creativity and results in the kind of culture that attracts the best talent and the best clients. We are committed to equality and are making sure that inclusivity becomes a core part of our culture and those involved in management, recruitment or promotions know how to recognise and address unconscious bias or prejudice - whether it be towards race, sex, background, disability or sexuality or any other factor. Our employee networks are open to all and support and empower under-represented groups.
We are also a founder member of Changing the Face of Property and our association with third party organisations including Stonewall, Business in the Community and the Business Disability Forum is an essential part of our Diversity and Inclusion strategy.
On July 5 2017, JLL co-sponsored the first ever LGBT Property Business Diversity Conference with BNP Paribas. View the findings in this Best Practice Guide.
JLL is a founding member of Changing the Face of Property, a joint initiative launched in 2012 by a number of major property firms. It aims to increase diversity and inclusion across all levels of our business and raise awareness of careers in the property industry.
JLL is a member of Stonewall's Diversity Champions programme which is Britain's leading best-practice employers' forum for sexual orientation and gender identity equality, diversity and inclusion. We also participate in its Workplace Equality Index to become a 'Top 100 Employer'.
JLL is a member of the Business Disability Forum whose aim is to build disability-smart organisations to improve business performance by increasing confidence, accessibility, productivity and profitability.
JLL is a member of Business in the Community, a business-led, issue-focused charity with more than 30 years' experience of mobilising business. It engages thousands of businesses through programmes driven by core membership of over 800 organisations from small enterprises to global corporations.