Creating value

We have designed our business model to (1) create value for our clients, shareholders, and employees and (2) establish high-quality relationships with the suppliers we engage and the communities in which we operate. Our synergistic approach seeks to derive business benefits from the application and intersection primarily of human resources, financial capital, and intellectual capital and technology. Based on our intimate knowledge of local real estate and capital markets worldwide, as well as our investments in thought leadership and technology, we create value for clients by addressing their real estate needs as well as their broader business, strategic, operating, and longer-term sustainability goals. Given the increasingly global and interconnected marketplace in which many of our clients compete, our own capacity to deliver global solutions has also become more important to our business model.

We strive to create a healthy and dynamic balance between (1) activities that will produce short-term value and returns for our stakeholders through effective management of current transactions and business activities and (2) investments in people (such as new hires), acquisitions, technologies, and systems designed to produce sustainable returns over the longer-term.

Our financial strength and our reputation for integrity, strong governance, and transparency, which we believe are among the strongest in our industry, give our clients confidence in our long-term ability to meet our obligations to them. It also positions us to be trusted extensions for the ways in which they seek to do business for the benefit of their own stakeholders. During 2016, we were included on the Ethisphere Institute's list of The World's Most Ethical Companies and we were listed as #23 on CR Magazine's list of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens, including as #1 in the Financial Services/Real Estate/Insurance sector. We were also listed for the first time on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (North America) and we received an award for global excellence in sustainability from the India Institute of Directors.

The ability to create and deliver value to our clients drives our revenue and profits, which in turn allows us to invest in our business and our people, improving productivity and shareholder value. In doing so, we enable our people to advance their careers by taking on new and increased responsibilities within a dynamic environment as our business expands geographically, adds adjacent service offerings and develops new competencies. We are also increasingly able to develop and expand our relationships with suppliers of services to our own organization as well as to our clients, for whom we serve a significant intermediary role. By expanding employment both internally and to outsourced providers, we stimulate economically the locations in which we operate, and we increase the opportunities for those we directly or indirectly employ to engage in community services and other activities beneficial to society.

We apply our business model to the resources and capitals that we employ to provide services to assets owned or occupied by our clients. We provide these services through our own employees and, where necessary or appropriate in the case of property and facility management and project and development services, through the management of third-party contractors. The revenue and profits we earn from those efforts are divided between further investments in our business, employee compensation, and returns to our shareholders. We are increasingly focused on linking our business and sustainability strategies to promote the goal of creating long-term value for our shareholders, clients, employees, and the global community of which our company is a part. These efforts help our clients manage their real estate more effectively and efficiently, promote employment globally, and create wealth for our shareholders and employees. In turn, they allow us to be an increasingly impactful member of, and positive force within, the communities in which we operate.

The following diagram summarizes how we create value for our shareholders and our broader stakeholders. It starts with the capital resources – or inputs – we need to do business. We use these resources to deliver services – or outputs – for our clients through a number of business activities we closely manage.

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