For our business to thrive, we need our communities to thrive. As a responsible business, with a significant influence in the property industry and beyond, we have an important role to play.
We have identified four areas where we believe we can have the most positive impact and will work in partnership with a number of organisations to achieve our ambitions.
Click on each focus area to find out why we are addressing these issues:
By 2030, over 82% of the UK's population will live in urban areas. One in three children in UK urban areas live in poverty, and life expectancies in disadvantaged areas can be ten years lower than those in other areas of the same city. A high quality built environment - with accessible local services, great public realm and green space - supports a community’s health, social and cultural well-being. Given our focus on delivering outstanding results for the property sector and for cities, we have a clear role to play in ensuring that these community considerations are at the heart of our advice and that we work alongside charities which support these aims.
Housing and Homelessness
Housing shortages mean there were 1.24 million households on the housing waiting list in 2015, and 117 families in Britain become homeless every day. Those who do have a home are often forced to live in poor quality housing, or to live in poverty to support rental payments. With our extensive expertise and knowledge in this area, we have an opportunity to work with charitable partners to support the provision of good quality housing and to play our part in ending homelessness.
Access to the Profession
There is a clear correlation between social background and life chances. Young people from poorer backgrounds are less likely than their more affluent peers to have had help writing a CV, filling out a job application, preparing for an interview, or finding work experience or a first job. More than 44% of property sector employees entered a career in property through a friend or family member, and 39% attended an independent or fee-paying private school (compared to 7% of the overall population). We have a strong commitment to ensuring everyone has fair access to our profession, and that they are able to realise their full potential, irrespective of background.
Education and Skills
One third of 16-19 year olds have low or basic skills, and 43% of employers report that too few applicants have sufficient 'employability' skills such as literacy, numeracy and teamwork. Technological change and new working methods are impacting on jobs and the workforce of 2030 will be significantly older than today's. Evidence suggests that societies and economies are strongest when everyone has the opportunity to do their best. Education and skills development is key to this, boosting growth and increasing living standards. JLL’s support to education and skills is good for our communities and our business.
We are committed to leveraging our skills and experience, challenging ourselves and the way we do business, and identifying risks and opportunities within our client advice.
For more information, please contact Gemma Piggott.
We want to invest time and energy into community projects, so we can make a positive difference to the world we live in and create shared value for our business.
At JLL we place a strong emphasis on supporting charities and our local communities. Our staff are involved in a wide range of activities around charitable giving and fundraising, volunteering, pro-bono advice, and the broader creation of education, training or employment opportunities.
Working together: Over 280 JLL volunteers jump in to make a real difference in local communities
"Give & Gain Day is a celebration of the power of employee volunteering and the difference it can make to both businesses and communities. By involving more of its people in more places than ever before, JLL is a shining example of what can be achieved with a concerted effort. They have made a statement that employee volunteering is
part of their fabric, and I hope it inspires others to follow their lead."
Employee Volunteering Manager, at Business in the Community.
JLL is an active supporter of the following organisations:
Business In The Community
Ready For Work
Urban Land Institute