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- December 1, 2020: Vol. 32, Number 11

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2020 inspires renewed commitment to social responsibility

by Loretta Clodfelter

The current environment has demonstrated the importance of social responsibility, including a focus on diversity and inclusion. Sonny Kalsi, CEO of BentallGreenOak, points to 2020’s pandemic and protests as two strong indicators that the private sector needs to take diversity seriously.

“From a competitive standpoint, diversity of talent brings a diversity of thought and perspectives — that makes us a better investor and adviser to our clients,” says Kalsi. “I would also say the pandemic has intensified our focus on nurturing strong, enduring relationships that can be effectively harnessed to address the challenges we collectively face. The trust we continue to earn every day with our employees, tenants, clients and investors, and community partners is an indispensable element in helping us manage through crises like COVID.”

The collective approach to addressing the challenges of the pandemic have similarly been battle-tested in recent months with the rise

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