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SFMI updates Sustainable Procurement in FM report

The Sustainable Facilities Management Index (SFMI) has released an update to its report Sustainable Procurement in FM : The way forward, which outlines the ambition for the future of sustainable procurement in FM and the key criteria that will help embed sustainability in the sector.

Based on the current global and local trends, the Procurement report provides valuable understanding on the key issues in the implementation and effective management of sustainable procurement. An investigation was carried out into best practices in FM, where the ‘The 7 Principles of Sustainable FM Procurement’ framework was developed to help businesses address these issues not just at supply chain level but also within the wider value chain.

  1. Use of procurement to deliver sustainable FM outcomes
  2. Avoid placing sustainability in an ‘Innovation Box’
  3. Focus on the impacts material to the client
  4. Create culture to negate conflicts early
  5. Mobilise together
  6. Work collaboratively
  7. Embed sustainability in the SLAs

As well as Net Zero, the report addresses Social Responsibility, which is growing in the agenda of many companies due to sustainable practices not currently being at the epicentre of Procurement, making it difficult to map supply chain related activities. As stated ‘Procurement is the enabler for change’ as it reaches almost all aspects of an organisation, therefore it is a pivotal component in leading the way for sustainability across the FM industry.

“Incorporating sustainable procurement in the FM activities is key to achieving the organisational and societal aims, but the slow progress is testimony to the hard challenges and barriers to implementing the desires and commitments. There are several areas which present unique challenges which the FM industry will need to address.”

Fed into this report are the May 2020 Sustainable Procurement Leaders forum, the March 2021 SFMI’s 23 Criteria review as well as interview assessments involving FM organisations and their procurement departments.

The report is now available on the Acclaro Advisory website. To view click here.

Facilities Management Survey 2022

Informa, the organisers of Facilities Show, together with FMJ magazine, have teamed up to launch a questionnaire which aims to offer a useful snapshot of where the facilities management sector is now, and an outlook on the future.

For instance, are you asking workers to begin to return to the office with a hybrid home/office work schedule? Are you revising your premises to enable more flexible ways of working and as such have your workplace strategies, including sustainability, wellbeing and engagement had to be radically rethought?

Your anonymised answers will contribute to a report on the biggest challenges and opportunities facing facilities managers; now, and anticipated in the next 12 months.

To take part click here.


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