Four years ago, at a MIPIM that reflected the dizzy heights of the market, I swore to myself never to agree a speaking invitation there again! After all, who would want to sit in a darkened seminar room at the back of the conference centre listening to a panel discussing sustainable real estate, when champagne was flowing on sun-kissed yachts in Cannes harbour?
But yesterday I broke the oath. Vincent Lottefier, CEO of our Corporate Solutions business in EMEA had invited a number of JLL subject matter experts to an interactive lunch with about 50 CRE executives and managers spanning a wide range of corporate industries. As the hum of the networking reached its peak, Vincent warmly welcomed our guests, introduced our experts and handed over to me for a 10 minute whirlwind tour on sustainability today!
It was quite a different experience to my previous effort – not least given the significant importance that sustainability has gained in the minds of CEOs and CRE execs alike! In fact my conversations over lunch confirmed that there are precious few CRE teams that are not either planning or implementing a sustainability programme across their portfolio. And as a sign of the times, it is interesting to hear that several of these corporates either have or will soon be appointing CSO’s (Chief Sustainability Officers) to join their C suite!
So a la prochaine MIPIMites, you may yet see me again!