Advancing the agenda
In a crisis, it is natural for our focus to be monopolised by the immediate challenges at hand; however, there is a risk that we might lose sight of other challenges that also demand action before it is too late. The environment is one such challenge and its importance was highlighted on 13 May when we celebrated World FM Day.
IWFM had a programme of activity to mark the occasion, including the launch of our sustainability hub: a web page hosting a variety of research, insight, guidance, inspiration, resources, and more to help our profession tackle the global crises of climate change and environmental damage. Please do take a look at: iwfm.org.uk/insight/ sustainability.html
The hub will also host the results of the IWFM Sustainability Survey 2020, which, thanks to the engagement of our members, gives unique insight into sustainability across the full breadth of the workplace and facilities management sector. The survey is due to go live towards the end of June, so keep an eye on your inboxes and IWFM’s other channels to take part.
Workplace and facilities management professionals are uniquely placed to make a difference in the sustainability agenda. A crisis like Covid-19 is devastating in many ways, especially the tragic losses we are seeing; it is also an opportunity to change how we do things and advance the sustainability agenda for the benefit of all, now and in the future. Business as usual is no longer an option. We must be the change the world needs and it will be this generation’s responsibility to rebuild businesses, economies and societies. We must build back better.
Linda Hausmanis is CEO of the IWFM