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FMs take note as RICS launches global industry guidance

Johnny Dunford, global commercial property director, RICS

Johnny Dunford, global commercial property director, RICS

RICS is tonight (4 November) launching its new Global Strategic Facilities Management (FM) Guidance Note to help drive professionalism in the sector worldwide and cement FM’s role in the achievement of wider corporate objectives.

The new guidance from the organisation that offers chartered qualifications and professional standards in the land, property and construction sectors, is designed to offer best practice guidance to facilities managers and corporate real estate professionals on developing, implementing and evaluating a strategic property management plan. Sections cover understanding of corporate vision and adapting strategies to wider business objectives. This will ensure FM practitioners are given the skills to directly contribute to business plans and therefore become valued leaders in their field.

In addition, the note gives in-depth advice on the provision of FM functions covering operation management, maintenance management, managing office workspaces and people and organisational capability.

The guidance forms a key part of RICS’ wider campaign to improve understanding and recognition from businesses in the performance efficiencies strategic FM can deliver.

Johnny Dunford, global commercial property director at RICS, said:

“Business has tended to categorise FM by its day-to-day service functions and not given it the position it deserves at the decision making table. This is beginning to change in the UK and, armed with RICS’ best practice guidance, FM leaders will have the tools at their disposal to continue the ongoing professionalisation of the sector and demonstrate the benefits a strategic approach can bring on a global level.”

The development of the note was led by RICS’ Strategic Guidance Working Group, with input from UK and global bodies. FM professionals worldwide were also called upon to help shape the guidance through UK and global consultations.

Peter Campbell, director of corporate affairs, Business Services Association, added:

“RICS’ guidance note provides advice, support, and good practice examples to practitioners looking to take a strategic approach to facilities management. The BSA supports this approach, which will be welcomed across the sector.”

Gareth Tancred, Chief Executive Officer, British Institute of Facilities Management, said:

“We are committed to working with other trade and professional bodies to raise awareness of the strategic importance of facilities management and welcomed being involved in the consultation process and contributing to the final document, which will be a useful tool for FM leaders.”


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