CBRE appoints Robert Bernard as chief sustainability officer

CBRE appoints Robert Bernard as chief sustainability officer
Robert Bernard

CBRE has hired Robert Bernard as the company’s Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Vice President, Client Sustainability Solutions.

In this role, Bernard, an executive with more than two decades of environmental sustainability experience, will drive enterprise-wide strategies that strengthen the suite of sustainability services the company delivers for clients, as well as strategies that enable CBRE to achieve its own carbon-reduction and sustainability goals. 

In September 2021, CBRE pledged to reach net zero emissions by 2040.

“As the world’s largest commercial property manager, we have an outsized opportunity to influence sustainability across the built environment,” said Bob Sulentic, CBRE’s president and chief executive officer.  “Rob’s background, technical expertise and leadership skills uniquely position him to lead our efforts and we are excited that he has chosen to join CBRE to advance our internal and client-focused sustainability initiatives.”

Bernard previously served as the first Chief Environmental Strategist at Microsoft, where he established a global strategic framework to transform company-wide approaches to carbon, climate, energy, water and waste.

Most recently, Bernard founded and served as Managing Director of a private equity firm, Commonwealth Equity Partners, LLC, focused on investments in companies that participate in the circular economy. He has also served as an advisor and consultant to National Geographic, Allbirds and Watsco, Inc.

“The built environment generates about 40% of the world’s carbon emissions. CBRE is deeply committed to doing our part to combat climate change and I look forward to working closely with my colleagues, our customers and business partners to decarbonize buildings around the world,” Robert Bernard said.

Bernard holds a BA from Columbia University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.