In 2011 CBRE decided to do more as a united team across our UK, Europe, Middle East and African (EMEA) business to help disadvantaged communities in our region. As a result we launched a new EMEA-wide charity policy supported by a programme called ‘Building a Better Future’.
Building a Better Future for young people in Africa
In 2014 we entered into a partnership with global children’s charity, Plan International, Our first project with Plan International focused on Sierra Leone, one of the poorest countries in the world. Our goal was to give an education to vulnerable young girls, helping them to escape abuse and forced marriage. Thanks to an incredible effort by CBRE teams across EMEA this programme raised over €1.2million giving hope to a generation of children.
Notably, CBRE’s funds unlocked a further UK government grant of €9 million which significantly multiplied the strength of our project. As a result CBRE and Plan International were able to help give an education to 21,060 of the poorest girls in Sierra Leone and improved the lives of a further 135,000 children before, during and after the Ebola crisis. Although we have now completed our fundraising for Sierra Leone, CBRE EMEA continues to work with 485 of these girls to help them become qualified teachers.