Launched at BIFM’s annual ThinkFM conference in May, it is an initiative with a single goal; to make the UK’s C-suite appreciate the role of facilities management and real estate in workplace productivity.
The review has been founded by a cross industry collective in memory of Chris Stoddart who died suddenly in 2014. Stoddart had a rare perspective garnered from years of experience across construction, real estate, and facilities management. The review will follow his lead in challenging the status quo and bringing debate from the shop floor to the board table.
Sodexo’s marketing and strategy director for its corporate services business, Andrew Wilkinson commented:
“At Sodexo we believe that the outsourcing of services does have a direct impact on the performance of an organisation and should therefore be treated with far greater importance than it is by some.
“I often get the opportunity to speak to organisations about their challenges in engaging employees, improving productivity or driving a culture that is more agile, diverse and collaborative. I can see a clear trend emerging in the increasing number of clients who recognise the value that outsourced facilities/workplace management services can bring.
“The challenge however is making this the norm, it is something we should surely all be focused on. By bringing together the thoughts of business leaders and world-leading thinkers in the provision of high performing workplaces the Stoddart Review can only help in this as it exists to put workplace on the business agenda.”