Governance

We strive to be exemplary corporate citizens and honor high ethical principles in our interactions with other businesses, our employees and the communities in which we live and work.

ESG Governance

In November 2020, we established a Board-level ESG Committee to provide oversight with respect to our ESG policies and practices. With the Board’s and the ESG Committee’s oversight, we are embedding social and human capital, employment, environmental, sustainability, charitable and corporate governance policies and practices into our corporate strategy, compensation, disclosure, and goals to maintain and advance long-term stockholder value.

Our Environmental, Social and Governance Committee Charter is available here.

The Environmental Policy is available here.

Corporate Governance Policies and Practices

Our commitment to good corporate governance policies and practices is demonstrated by our Corporate Governance Guidelines, our rigorous Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (the “Code of Ethics”), the charters of the Audit, Compensation and ESG Committees of our Board, our Hedging Policy and our other corporate governance policies and practices. Some highlights of our corporate governance policies and practices include the following:

  • Consideration of factors including diversity of gender, age, ethnicity, skills, experience and geographic background in considering director candidates;
  • Diverse array of personal characteristics and professional experience of the Board, consisting of 25% women and 25% persons of color;
  • Strict procedures and enforcement of our ethical standards and our conflict of interest policies, including our robust Whistleblower Policy – completely confidential and with a whistleblower hotline available 24/7;
  • Robust annual review and oversight of Code of Ethics responses;
  • Annual review of our corporate governance policies and practices.
  • The Board of Directors meets at least annually with our senior risk officer to review and evaluate our enterprise risk framework, risk management policies and practices, credit and risk mitigation policies and practices, and other related issues.
  • The Board’s Audit Committee and the Board management have taken steps to further enhance our overall control environment.

The Corporate Governance Guidelines are available here.

Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and Professional Integrity

Our corporate values and strong policies and procedures regarding ethics, conflicts of interests, related party transactions and similar matters are contained in our Code of Ethics. This commitment applies to members of our Board, executive officers, other officers and our other covered employees globally. The Code of Ethics and its training modules are circulated in local languages and training and certifications are conducted annually for all employees. Annual written certifications are required. Potential violations and disclosures globally are reviewed annually by executive management and escalated to the Audit Committee. Director and executive officer disclosures are reviewed by the Audit Committee on an annual basis.

The Code of Ethics is available here.

In 2021, we adopted a global anti-bribery and corruption policy. See “Compliance and Anti-Financial Crime Policy and Bribery and Corruption” below.

Compliance and Anti-Financial Crime Policy and Bribery and Corruption

We are committed globally to our policy regarding anti-money laundering and anti-financial crime, including anti-bribery and corruption, counter-terrorism financing and anti-fraud. We are committed to compliance and training regarding all relevant laws, rules, and regulations designed to combat bribery and corruption, including, but not limited to, the UK Bribery Act of 2010 and the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 as amended.

In addition, our Code of Ethics provides that we will not enter into a business relationship or engage in an activity if we know or have reasonable grounds to suspect that a business relationship or activity is connected with or facilitates bribery or corruption. It is the responsibility of each person covered under the Code of Ethics to comply with applicable anti-bribery and corruption laws. Persons covered under the Code of Ethics are required to report any suspicions of bribery or corruption to the Compliance Officer or, as appropriate, to the Committee or the Board, or in accordance with our Whistleblower Policy.

2021 Global Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy

In 2021, we implemented a global policy to combat bribery and corruption through a clear set of policies and procedures outlining anti-bribery and corruption standards, procedures and annual employee training. The policy specifically defines Bribery and Corruption and provides for management and Board oversight.

The Global Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy is available here.

Compliance & Anti-Financial Crime Policy

We are committed on a Company-wide basis to our policy regarding anti-money laundering and anti-financial crime, including anti-bribery and corruption, counter-terrorism financing and anti-fraud.

The Global Anti-Financial Policy is available here.

Whistleblower Complaint and Investigation Procedures for Accounting, Internal Controls, Auditing Matters and Employment and Labor Practices

Our Whistleblower Policy describes our approach to reporting of complaints about accounting, internal controls, employment and labor practices, auditing matters, or questionable financial practices. The policy is designed to provide a channel of communication for employees and others who have concerns about our conduct or any of our directors or employees. Complaints are treated seriously and handled expeditiously. Any person may submit a complaint to our independent outside law firm to a dedicated hotline and email account available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Complaints that are accounting or financial in nature (“Accounting Complaints”) will be handled by the Chair of our Audit Committee and by our Chief Legal Officer, Corporate Secretary or designee.

Employees submitting an Accounting Complaint need not provide their names or other personal information and reasonable efforts will be used to conduct the investigation that follows from an Accounting Complaint from an employee in a manner that protects the confidentiality and anonymity of the employees submitting the Complaint.

Employees are reminded of the Whistleblower Policy at least annually and information is provided in local languages. We honor a culture of investigation, confidentiality and non-retaliation. Persons submitting complaints in good faith will not be subject to retaliation and the policy does not prohibit other actions protected under applicable law.

The Whistleblower Policy is available here.

Our Audit Committee Charter is available here.

Clawbacks and Incentives

The partnership units issued to our executive officers, certain of which, such as PSUs or NPSUs, may be redeemed for zero at any time by the Compensation Committee, as well as partnership obligations under the Newmark Holdings Partnership Agreement, are retentive and provide broad discretion and significant clawback power to the Compensation Committee. Accordingly, we do not have a separate general compensation recovery or “clawback” policy for our executive officers or others.

To provide incentives and promote entrepreneurship and long-term engagement, we also enter into various agreements with certain of our employees, independent contractors and partners. Many of these individuals receive loans which may be either wholly or in part repaid from the earnings distributions that the individual receives on some or all of their LPUs or may be forgiven over time.

Hedging Policy

We have a policy with respect to hedging of equity securities issued by Newmark (collectively, “Company Equity Securities”). In this regard, we prohibit our directors and employees, including our officers, from purchasing financial instruments (including prepaid variable forward contracts, equity swaps, collars, and exchange funds), or otherwise engaging in transactions that are designed to or have the effect of hedging or offsetting any decrease in the market value of Company Equity Securities held by such persons, except with the explicit approval of our Audit Committee or its designees. For avoidance of doubt, Cantor Fitzgerald and its affiliated entities or any securities issued by such entities other than Newmark are not covered under this Hedging Policy.

Business Continuity and Resiliency

We are implementing additional sustainability policies and practices to protect the continuity of our business and operations to maintain and advance long-term stockholder value. These policies and practices include disaster recovery and crisis management protocols to minimize the impact of the COVID pandemic and other health emergencies and natural or other disasters on our operations. We maintain concurrent data centers in the United States, providing backup of our computer systems and capacity for our employees to work remotely during crises. These policies and practices enable our employees to maintain a high level of performance while working in offices or remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic in compliance with relevant rules and regulations in applicable jurisdictions, and in preservation of the health, safety and welfare of our workforce.

Cyber-Security and Information Security Program

We are committed on a Company-wide basis to combating the global threat of cyber-attacks and to securing our business through our information security programs to operate with confidence, through a deep understanding of cyber-security risks, vulnerabilities, mitigations, and threats. We have a global cyber-security program applicable to all subsidiaries and business lines. We conduct periodic internal and external vulnerability audits and assessments and penetration testing and provide periodic training to employees and independent contractors.

The Cyber-Security and Information Security Program is available here.

Data Privacy Program

We have a global data privacy program applicable to all subsidiaries and business lines. We are committed to conducting our business in line with the right to privacy set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 12). As such, we are committed to handling personal data responsibly and recognize the privacy rights of persons involved in our business dealings. Our policy provides a mechanism for data subjects to raise concerns about personal data and privacy as well as a right of access to personal information, rights to correct or amend such information and the right to request deletion of such personal information here.

Our ESG Initiatives