Open-access content Wednesday 22nd October 2008 — updated 12.08pm, Wednesday 6th May 2020
There seems to be so much doom and gloom in the media at the moment with all the news regarding the credit crunch that I sometimes get the impression that the media is talking us into a recession.
23 October 2008
There seems to be so much doom and gloom in the media at the moment with all the news regarding the credit crunch that I sometimes get the impression that the media is talking us into a recession. Now is the time to turn this negativity into positivity. I see an opportunity for us to really show what FMs are made of by offering innovative bespoke solutions that will help clients to cut costs while maintaining levels of productivity. We can improve their bottom lines thus enabling them to survive the current financial turmoil.
This is an opportunity for our industry to demonstrate the vast benefits of working in partnership with FM providers and to really gain the recognition that it deserves.
As well as the financial instability that is gripping the nation, organisations are faced with the threat of global warming and the urgent need to take proactive steps in building a sustainable future. Sustainability experts declared recently that our generation has already used up its resource allocation for 2008 and effectively is now using up the resources of future generations.
Environmental legislation, the challenge posed by high energy prices and a strong focus on corporate social responsibility (CSR) have driven organisations to look at ways in which they can reduce energy consumption.
This then provides us, the FMs, with an opportunity to show organisations just how we can help them to reduce energy consumption, meet statutory requirements and CSR objectives. In turn we can enable them to gain competitive advantage and exploit new business opportunities.
The advantages discussed are twofold: by delivering solutions during a period of CSR consciousness and credit turmoil we can meet our own CSR objectives and improve our own bottom line at the same time as bringing unlimited benefits to our clients.
As part of my role within GSH, I have been responsible for the delivery of a carbon disclosure project for a client, which has demonstrated an opportunity for us to take an alternative approach to carbon reduction by taking us through the process of mapping our carbon production in such a way that we have been able to develop new management techniques and metrics within the business to help us manage our carbon production and resource consumption more effectively.
This is most definitely the time for the FM industry to step up to the challenges presented at the moment and to demonstrate what can be achieved through the application of the BIFM core skills combined with knowledge, experience, skills and innovative thinking. I am confident that investment in training and development, and new technology will ensure that we are always fully equipped to meet these challenges.