FM service providers with the best environmental, social and governance performance have continued to improve this year, according to an index measuring the sustainability of FM providers.
The Sustainable Facilities Management Index (SFMI) is published by consultancy Acclaro, which conducts independent assessments across 23 criteria including sustainability frameworks, management systems, energy, water, compliance, health and safety, employee development, diversity, and more.
The SFMI report says FM companies that performed well against the index demonstrated shared strategies such as leadership from the board, rigorous sustainability and social value frameworks, forecasting, collaborations and financial commitment.
However, it points out that on average, the sustainability performance of FM companies that do not engage with the SFMI continued to decline.
The report concludes that a three-tier structure has emerged in the UK, with the best-performing companies showing an ability to integrate services into a holistic sustainability strategy. Companies in the middle were providing traditional FM service well but were struggling to integrate strategic sustainability. In the third tier, the need to deliver at the cheapest possible cost superseded integration of sustainability.
Scores for water management and energy management decreased by an average of 5 per cent and 1 per cent respectively, compared with last year according to the index.
Energy and support services specialist Engie UK & Ireland was named the most sustainable FM company overall in the index, achieving a 'platinum' grade, along with Vinci and Skanska. Bam FM and Bouygues scored 'gold', with Mitie achieving 'silver' status.
Chris Havers, programme director of the SFMI for Acclaro Advisory, praised Engie's "incredible commitment to sustainable FM".
He added: "Beyond the leading FM companies, however, there is a risk that a significant portion of the FM sector will fail to develop its sustainability credentials just as environmental threats and the need for social change are most pressing. The heightened focus on areas such as plastic pollution, wellbeing and diversity can only be a good thing, but FM must do more to drive genuine change."