Global Real Estate DEI Survey 2021


The Global Real Estate DEI Survey is the only corporate study of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) management practices and data benchmarking in the commercial real estate industry.
This report provides an in-depth view of DEI metrics relating to:

  • DEI program structure, resources and ownership
  • Policies focused on recruitment, retention, training and development, inclusivity, tracking and accountability and pay equity
  • Employee demographics by gender, race/ethnicity and nationality, across seniority and job function, as well as DEI hiring, promotion and departure trends year-over-year.

The survey also provides, through exclusive interviews, DEI insights into the strategies commercial real estate organizations are taking to understand the importance of DEI and execute initiatives with APG, PGIM Real Estate, AECOM and Alter Domus.

Representing more than 435,000 full-time employees, $2.4 trillion of assets under management and a cross section of the industry in terms of size, region and business classification, the Global Real Estate DEI Survey 2021 received 175 responses. Data was collected between September 8 and October 29, 2021.

The final report, released in December 2021, includes 119 pages of DEI management practices and gender and race/ethnicity metrics that allow participants to benchmark themselves against the industry and their peers to identify ways to run their businesses more effectively, efficiently and inclusively.



On January 20, 2022, Erin Green and Lindsay Pankratz from Ferguson Partners joined us on a webinar to share top line results, outlining the importance of formal benchmarking and reporting mechanisms for tracking and improving corporate DEI progress. They also answered audience questions live during the discussion.