The Bristol office of global property company Colliers has become the latest signatory to the Bristol Property Inclusion Charter.
The Charter was launched by law firm Clarke Willmott, after research by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) showed only three per cent of those working in the property sector came from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.
Jo Edwards, head of the South West and South Wales at Colliers, said: “Colliers welcomes employees from all backgrounds, and diversity and inclusion is intrinsic to our culture.
“As part of this mission to build a diverse and balanced business, the Bristol office of Colliers has signed the Bristol Property Inclusion Charter so we can actively support its excellent work in addressing inequalities and bringing greater diversity to the property sector.”
The signing of the Bristol Property Inclusion Charter by the Bristol office of Colliers has been welcomed by the Charter’s founder Karl Brown, a partner in the Commercial Property team at Clarke Willmott.
He said: “Since I launched the Bristol Property Inclusion Charter in November 2019 I’ve been really enthused by the positive response and support from Bristol’s property community.
“I’m absolutely delighted that Colliers’ Bristol office has become the latest signatory to the Charter. They join a host of other major companies and firms which have signed up to work towards there being greater equality and diversity in the property sector in Bristol. It is a recognition that working towards better equality and diversity is not just good for wider society but benefits companies by having access to a more diverse range of talent.”
The work of achieving the objectives of the charter is supported by the Bristol Property Inclusion Commission, which comprises a committee of eight, headed by Karl Brown, and includes Deborah Bryant-Pearson, associate director in the Valuation & Advisory Services team in the Bristol office of Colliers.
Over 40 firms are now signatories to the Bristol Property Inclusion Charter and have pledged their support to creating a fully inclusive property industry and profession in Bristol, as set out in the key aims of the Charter.