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IWFM partners with Equans to empower WFM to lead on sustainability

The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) has joined forces with Equans to help drive sustainability across organisations.

The workplace and facilities management (WFM) profession is uniquely placed to lead on sustainability, and net zero plans in particular, because it is the only function that brings together the needs of the landlord, the end-user and the supply chain. Both the IWFM and Equans share a mission to change the perception of this lynchpin role in driving sustainability outcomes and impacts within organisations and across the built environment.

Through an initial two-year collaboration, IWFM will incorporate Equans’ expertise in thought leadership, insights and guidance to empower the profession in this mission. Together the partners will engage IWFM’s membership and broader audiences in the sustainability conversation and educate stakeholders on the purpose, actions and potential of sustainability, challenging on the ‘what’, the ‘why’ and ways to do more and to do better.

Planned initiatives include:

  • Sustainability Survey Reports 2024 and 2025
  • Sustainability Guidance
  • Hosting Educational Webinars and Awareness Campaigns

To accelerate the transition to a low carbon world and establish the profession and WFM organisations as a key differentiator in achieving a sustainable world, the collaboration will see each organisation fully utilise their respective resources, such as the IWFM Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and engagement with external stakeholders, to positively act and measure, analyse and continuously improve sustainability outcomes over time.

IWFM CEO Linda Hausmanis said: ‘This Earth Day I’m delighted to announce our collaboration with Equans. Sustainability is a pressing global concern and at the top of the organisational agenda. IWFM research shows that WFM can play a lynchpin role in driving change which benefits people and planet. Through our joint initiatives, we aim to engage the entire WFM sector, highlighting its role in sustainability and laying a solid foundation for the future whereby we transition intent into positive action and significant progress.’”

David Carr, Divisional CEO of Sustainable FM at Equans UK & Ireland, said: “WFM is a key driver for organisational outcomes and plays a leading role in sustainability. With this collaboration, we want to combine the best of Equans’ work with the IWFM focus, ensuring that organisations, professionals and the community have up-to-date and actionable research with which to strategise, act and bring about positive sustainability outcomes. We look forward to publishing our work and track progress over time, ensuring that our collaboration engages and motivates as many people as possible to act on this crucial issue.”

The first initiative from the partnership is a panel discussion next week on ‘realising the role of FM and Net Zero’ at The Workplace Event 2024, chaired by IWFM’s Sofie Hooper and featuring Amelle Mestari, Director of Procurement and CSR at Equans UK & Ireland. Centred on the IWFM Sustainability Survey Report 2023, the discussion will advocate for organisations to empower facilities managers more over ROI metrics in delivering net zero ambitions, with several approaches for overcoming the intent-action gap.

Navigating FM efforts to sustainability 

As environmental protection demands unified action, transparency, and heightened awareness, Biological Preparations has launched an initiative to catalyse sustainability efforts within the FM sector.

FM businesses face unique challenges and heightened expectations of eco-initiatives from their clients. Yet, behind the scenes in FM businesses, many environmental initiatives, rollouts and even planning, are not broadcasted and transparent.

Have your say: Sustainability Trends in FM 

The UK biotech company’s five-minute, anonymous FM-focused survey, offers FM professionals of all hierarchies with a platform to voice their perspectives and share their experiences. The results from this survey will then be analysed and presented as an industry-specific report, which aims to guide FM businesses helping them benchmark trends, gain clarity on industry challenges, and map out goals and metrics towards sustainability.

To share your experiences, please click here.




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