Avison Young 2022 Impact Report

Diversity equity and inclusion

Our Progress

In this section, we have set goals and objectives in three key areas, talent attraction and knowledge, DE&I, employee engagement, wellbeing and sustainable living.

This is where we track our progress toward attracting, retaining and engaging the most diverse and inclusive workforce that reflects the communities we operate in alongside our efforts to work with diverse suppliers and keep spend in local economies.

Highlights and achievements

  • At a board level, the firm has one of the most gender-diverse leadership teams in the industry with 25% female representation on the board, and 26% on the Executive Committee
  • In our 2022 engagement survey, 77% of people said taking everything into account, Avison Young is a great place to work
  • Our employee resource groups experienced an 84% uplift in membership
  • We continued to conduct relevant training for our people and introduced customized education sessions for global teams
  • We expanded our ESG team and expertise across the organization
  • We developed a supplier diversity policy

Our KPIs

To measure and report progress against our global ESG strategy, these are the current KPIs that we have adopted or plan to adopt and disclose externally in this report and other reporting channels. In some cases, we are measuring KPIs internally while we set up data collection processes and evaluate the data.

Number of training hours
Formulating scope of data to disclose
Percentage of women on the board
Percentage of women on the executive committee
Annual supplier diversity spend (percentage of total spend)
Number of professionals enrolled on Emerging Talent programs annually
Plan to disclose in 2024
Completion of annual employee engagement survey

Stories of impact

Workforce diversity: creating lasting change

Creating, maintaining and nurturing a diverse and engaged workforce is at the top of the list for Avison Young. Read about our DEI initiatives.

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Engaging our people: a great place to work

Avison Young’s second global employee engagement survey findings revealed what motivates us, where we excel, and where we need to focus next.

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Internal impact: group mentality

Employee resource groups give a voice and sense of community to underrepresented employee groups, creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace.

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Inclusion by design: a workplace for everyone

We put inclusion at the heart of our new Manchester office, and let our people lead the way, and deliver something extraordinary, says Chris Cheap.

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Why brand matters for people in space

Our workspaces are a physical extension of our brand, and have a big impact on our identity and corporate culture, says David Major-Lapierre.

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Procurement: surprising superpower

Procurement is entering a new era, Dan Wakumoto talks about emerging as a surprising sustainability superpower and creating impact.

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This article is part of our 2022 Impact Report

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