Repetition Is Good When It Comes To Ethics

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By: Anne Browning, Marketing Director, JLL

For the eigth-straight year, JLL has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. This award is particularly meaningful to me for two reasons:

1. What Future Employees Think

When I was interviewing with JLL over three years ago, I combed the corporate website for facts, figures and information to determine if there was a fit with my career aspirations and desired corporate culture. There, I discovered JLL has a 250-year history presented in a very cool timeline video. Impressive.

And globally, the firm is committed to sustainability both for itself and its clients. Even more impressive. Then I landed on an awards page. What caught my attention: JLL’s fifth straight year of winning the World’s Most Ethical Companies award. I paused for a good long while.

How could such a large, global organization with offices and employees on every continent speaking a multitude of languages and employing different lifestyles and customs maintain such an achievement year after year? To me that was most impressive, and honestly was a substantial factor in bringing me to the next phase of the interviewing process.

2. An Award of and by the People 

My second thought about this achievement was that although it was won by the firm, it was only possible due to the manner in which the 58,000+ professionals it employs operate in their day-to-day business life. Even more impressive!

I really couldn’t fathom how that was possible. But now that I’m firmly planted at JLL, I understand how we do it. Each person is an active champion of our shared values of client focus, teamwork and integrity. As our President and CEO, Colin Dyer, recently stated, “Treat clients, colleagues, suppliers and other stakeholders fairly and professionally. Respect the laws and regulations that govern us. And perhaps most importantly, speak up if you see a problem that needs to be resolved.”

Few companies, and no other real estate firms, have matched this accomplishment. I am thankful to each and every colleague who actively works to uphold our values and high standards. You allow me to build and grow my career with a true global leader in commercial real estate, and, in how to do business.

View the full list of the 2015 World’s Most Ethical Companies.

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