The Sustainable Facilities Management Index (SFMI) has awarded Churchill Group with the ‘Rising Star’ award following its third assessment from the sustainability benchmarking initiative.
Churchill Group was recognised with the Rising Star award for its multiple social value activities. For example, initiatives embedded into its client contracts create social value resources, including aspiration packs for school children. The SFMI judges praised Churchill Group’s internal wellbeing programme WellMe, which provides five pillars of wellness recommendations and goals for employees. Churchill Group is also a disability confident employer and offers additional support for neurodiverse colleagues, as well as workers going through menopause. All these elements resonated with the SFMI.
The SFMI also praised Churchill Group for becoming an employee-owned business in 2023, meaning that 53 per cent of the company’s shares are held by the Employee Ownership Trust for the benefit of the organisation’s employees.
Run by Acclaro Advisory, SFMI was specifically created for the UK facilities management sector. It assesses FM providers across 23 criteria relating to environmental, social, and governance initiatives.
In addition to winning the Rising Star award, Churchill Group retained the silver award this year. The SFMI praised its strong people-focused ethos and recommended that these initiatives become further embedded across its supply chain and stakeholders.
Thomas Farrell, Environmental Manager at Churchill Group said: “The Rising Star award recognises how our sustainable initiatives and commitment to putting people first have developed in the past year. Nothing exemplifies this more than our transition to becoming an employee-owned business. The SFMI also provided some recommendations for improvement which we will be addressing in 2024 as we aim for the gold award next time.”