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Diversity & Inclusion

We foster a culture of excellence and inclusion.

  • Cohen & Steers’ leadership is dedicated to maintaining and enhancing a culture of diversity and inclusion.
  • We apply the same focus and passion that we bring to our disciplined investment process into fostering an inclusive workplace.

Our approach

Robert Steers, CEO Cohen & Steers“We believe a culture of excellence and inclusion creates the best environment for employees to make better decisions and achieve results for our clients.”

 
 - Robert Steers, Cohen & Steers Founder & Executive Chairman

 

Cohen & Steers is committed to pursuing excellence and fostering a culture of inclusion that respects and welcomes all employees. We believe each person’s background and life experiences bring valuable perspectives that result in our ability to make better investment decisions for our clients.

Our approach comprises four pillars:

Education 

    

 

Education

to build awareness about how our differences make us stronger and contribute to our focused approach. Emphasizing the importance of creating space to have worthwhile, action-oriented dialogue around the many benefits of an inclusive culture and providing our people with practical resources to increase cultural competency and respect for all.

 Leadership

    

 

Leadership

both current and emerging, that is accountable for fostering inclusivity and is also reflective of the diversity at Cohen & Steers. Instilling rigor to develop and measure our leaders’ ability to create and foster an inclusive culture while developing our next generation of leaders to ensure they demonstrate behaviors that are inclusive and strengthen our culture.  

 Recruitment

    

 

Recruitment

strategies that are aimed to address the fact that there is significant underrepresentation of women and people of color in our industry and in particular, in leadership positions. We strive to provide greater opportunities for underrepresented groups to join us in the pursuit of excellence. We partner with various talent development and recruitment organizations to engage with more diverse candidate pools for open roles across our firm, including internships.

 Engagement 

    

 

Engagement 

throughout the firm, driven by employee-led resource groups that advance how we address business and community challenges. Employee resource groups help foster an inclusive culture and engage our diverse talent to strengthen our firm and community.

Employee resource groups

Cohen & Steers Culture Committee

Cohen & Steers’ long term success is built on having the best and most motivated people working together as a team. As a result, we aspire to create a culture which instills a sense of ownership, mutual respect, community, and common purpose into day-to-day life. The Culture Committee has been given the mandate to take a comprehensive and strategic approach to realizing these aspirations.

Cohen & Steers Women’s Exchange

The Women’s Exchange provides an inclusive forum for women at Cohen & Steers to share ideas and experiences, advocate for one another, and encourage personal, career and leadership development.

Cohen & Steers Volunteer Committee

Cohen & Steers is dedicated to giving back to the community in which we work and live. The Volunteer Committee provides an opportunity for our employees to contribute in a meaningful way while enhancing morale and teamwork. The Volunteer Committee will coordinate four distinct volunteer events each year that are employee-driven and community-focused.

Cohen & Steers Green Team

The Cohen & Steers Green Team promotes environmental mindfulness through education and collaboration. Their goal is to support the firm and its employees in deepening the integration of sustainability into our culture by continually increasing our commitment to the “3Rs”: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

Community outreach

Girls Who Invest

Cohen & Steers is proud to partner with Girls Who Invest, a non-profit  organization that focuses on education, internships, mentoring and community to increase the number of women in portfolio management and executive leadership in asset management.

COVID Giving Campaign

The Volunteer Committee partners with various programs to support those in need. Our COVID Giving Campaign successfully partnered with each of our global offices' respective local public healthcare facilities and foundations in 2020 to donate funds to support doctors, nurses, and patients. 

     • NY Health + Hospitals
     • Hong Kong Hospital Authority Charitable Foundation
     • National Healthcare Service
     • Nippon Foundation
     • Jack And Jill Children’s Foundation

City Harvest

Led by our Volunteer Committee, Cohen & Steers partners with New York City-based City Harvest for an annual food and fund drive to help provide those less fortunate with a quality meal during the holidays.

Cristo Rey

Cohen & Steers participates in an innovative work-study program with Cristo Rey New York High School (CRNYHS). The Cristo Rey Corporate Work Study Program offers students an opportunity to gain valuable real-world skills.

Dress for Success & Susan G. Komen Foundation 

Cohen & Steers’ Women’s Exchange Steering Committee collaborates with programs that support women’s well-being and economic security including Dress for Success and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

New York Restoration Project (NYRP)

Cohen & Steers’ Green Team supports the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) to beautify local parks and communities.

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