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Cushman & Wakefield has launched two reports scoring social inclusivity in cities in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific.

The Inclusive Cities Barometer rates calculates the inclusiveness of 44 EMEA cities and 35 APAC cities, based on just under 9,000 data points, 110 metrics across 4 dimensions and 12 subdimensions, C&W said.  

Rotterdam was named the strongest performer across all measures in EMEA, while Melbourne was cited as the best overall performer in the Asia Pacific report. 

However, C&W said: “Instead of ranking cities by performance, our barometer measures their progress relative to these starting points, highlighting exemplary successes and providing actionable roadmap for improvement.”

The report divides the cities into four 'city persona' categories, as illustrated below. 

'Mature urban centres' include Amsterdam, Oslo and Sydney. 'Social drivers' includes London, Tokyo and Singapore. Chengdu, Budapest and Hong Kong are amongst the 'rapid risers', while the 'emergers' category includes mainly developing economy cities such as Lagos, Lahore and Kuala Lumpur.

Each city is scored in a number of areas, outlined in the table below. However, Sophie Schuller, lead researcher and author of the report, said: "It is worth noting that there is no such thing as a perfect city. All the 44 cities have their respective strengths and diverse backgrounds and challenges, and this barometer serves to provide learning points and actions that they can adopt and adapt as they pursue their urban inclusivity agenda."

James Woodhead, head of EMEA ESG at Cushman & Wakefield, said: "A city’s attractiveness and long-term viability are profoundly shaped by its inclusive and social values. Inclusive cities naturally draw in greater talent and foster innovation, resulting in increased investment.

"Inclusive cities naturally draw in greater talent and foster innovation, resulting in increased investment and growth. Moreover, these cities provide opportunities for social mobility and entrepreneurship across diverse socio-economic backgrounds. Their resilience and adaptability also enable them to meet the evolving needs and expectations of their residents and stakeholders.

"Therefore, it is crucial for the real estate sector to wholeheartedly embrace and integrate inclusive values into all its activities, thereby advancing the journey toward creating urban environments that prioritise inclusivity."