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ESG / Sustainability Director- CBRE Investment Management

Website CBRE Investment Management

Asset Manager

New York City – New York – United States of America

Job Summary

The objective of the Americas Director of ESG role is to support operational excellence, investment performance and to strengthen CBRE Investment Management’s position and image as a leading sustainable investment manager. This will be achieved through development, implementation, and monitoring of ESG policies and procedures covering corporate operations and investment management activity across investment strategies. The Americas Director of ESG directly supports and reports to the Head of Sustainability and Innovation.

Essential Duties And Responsibilities

Stay ahead of statutory/key market developments and ensure they are reflected in the ongoing maintenance/update of the Sustainability Vision and implementation strategy

Support portfolio and investor services teams in client engagement (e.g., participate in due diligence interviews, investor meetings/conferences, review and sign-off response to ESG-related investor queries and RFPs)

Participate in the work of Americas Investment and Performance Oversight Committees to ensure integration of ESG in all life-cycle stages of an investment, adding value to the process and maximizing asset and portfolio performance

Collaborate with asset and portfolio teams to support development and implementation of investment management ESG strategies

Develop internal and external relations, to act as the agent of change to ensure full integration of ESG vision throughout the business

Oversee and contribute to maintenance and development of ESG data management systems, processes, and integration (e.g., Measurabl, GO Analytics…)

Collaborate with internal teams to support development and implementation of corporate/operational ESG strategy

Participate in the relevant internal ESG working groups/projects (e.g., impact investment, and climate change risk)

Represent CBRE Investment Management through active participation at conferences, in industry working groups, press, and social media, ensuring CBRE IM’s position as an ESG leader in the marketplace

Collaborate with research and analytics teams to create and publish thought leadership content

Continually maintain and enhance own expertise in global real asset ESG issues

Source or develop, and deliver content to educate CBRE IM teams (e.g., monthly webinars, newsletters…)

Manage ESG consultants (develop the scope of work and contracts, oversee appointments and performance, and maintain preferred supplier list through updates and tenders as needed)

Actively contribute to external ESG reporting, especially the annual Global ESG Report, aligned with third-party guidelines (e.g., SEC, GRI, TCFD, SASB, SDG, PRI, GRESB)

Collaborate with internal and external teams to ensure maximized accuracy, consistency, and coverage of ESG data


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Masters-level academic degree

Advanced (min 10 years’ experience) in the sustainability field, with evidence of continued professional development (CEnv, Master’s degree or above)

Knowledge of sustainability frameworks, preferably in a real estate setting, on corporate, portfolio and asset level such as UN SDG, GRI, PRI, GRESB, TCFD, EU taxonomy, ISO and LEED/BREEAM

Strong leadership skills: excellent organizational skills; ability to prioritize, to delegate, to monitor and to deliver

Strong analytical and problem-solving skills: the ability to summaries and convey complex content

Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy

Execute responsibilities with a sense of urgency and follow-through

Positive, proactive work ethic and approach

Excellent and proven ability to communicate effectively (oral and written) with customers, peers, management, contractors, and investors

Demonstrated abilities to prioritize and manage multiple assignments in a fast-paced environment to meet deadlines with efficiency and accuracy

Show tact, discretion, confidentiality, and sound judgment in handling sensitive and confidential matters and documentation

Ability to multi-task, work on corporate-wide projects and with varied teams

Ambitious, team player, pro-active, innovative, and flexible

Experience In An International Working Environment, Demonstrating Cross-cultural Skills

A strong professional network in the sustainability sector to help facilitate CBRE IM leadership in the industry

About CBRE Investment Management

As one of the world’s leading real asset investment managers, we offer our more than 500 institutional clients across the globe access to our broad and deep platform to support their investments in real estate and infrastructure in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. CBRE Investment Management currently has $140 billion in assets under management.

Our expertise ranges across investment solutions including equity and debt, direct and indirect, and listed and unlisted strategies. With a footprint of 31 offices in 22 countries, we can provide in-depth local market intelligence, proprietary research and active management to execute strategies many sectors and across the risk/return spectrum.

We have a team of more than 950 professionals who are committed to delivering world-class investment results and exceptional client service. All our work is guided by a corporate culture that puts clients’ success at the core of what we do.

We are part of the CBRE Group, the world’s largest, full-service commercial real estate services firm. This enables us to give our clients a significant competitive edge as we can harness its research, market intelligence, investment sourcing, financing, leasing and property management.



CBRE is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a long-standing commitment to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, veteran status, political belief, or any other basis protected by applicable law.

NOTE: An additional requirement for this role is the ability to comply with COVID-19 health and safety protocols, including COVID-19 vaccination proof and/or rigorous testing.

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