Dublin, Ireland,

CBRE Partner with SERI to Drive Social Enterprise Participation in the Irish Corporate Sector

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

From 1 September 2022, CBRE and SERI will participate 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. Their 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

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.

Gavin Callan, Procurement Director, CBRE

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. 

Tammy Darcy, Buy Social Manager, SERI

About CBRE Group, Inc. 
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBRE), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Dallas, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2021 revenue). The company has more than 105,000 employees (excluding Turner & Townsend employees) serving clients in more than 100 countries. CBRE serves a diverse range of clients with an integrated suite of services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com 

About CBRE GWS Ireland 
CBRE GWS (Ireland) Ltd, registered in Ireland, no.446664 is the Global Workplace Solutions Division of CBRE, with its head office in Dublin. CBRE Global Workplace Solutions provides clients with a full complement of facilities management skills and expertise, with hard facilities management self-delivered, and soft services provided by carefully selected and managed prequalified personnel. The integrated approach to, and assumption of full responsibility for, service delivery combined with professionals who spend time with each client to develop a good understanding of each business and its requirements, have contributed to placing CBRE at the forefront of facilities management services in Ireland. Please visit our website at www.cbre.ie 

About SERI 
SERI, established in 2020, was born from the passion and knowledge within the Social Enterprise sector and a response to a universally recognised need for a united voice. Formed by some of Ireland's leading social enterprise practitioners and supporters, SERI seeks to champion for the sector and members, representing and promoting its collective voice, both nationally and internationally. It will grow the sector to benefit all people and communities by working shoulder to shoulder with stakeholders to deliver a better eco system for social enterprises. SERI focuses on representation, raising awareness, supporting social enterprises and developing relationships. Buy social is a central tenet that underpins this.