07 February 2020 | Facilitate Team
Our selection of workplace and facilities management announcements made this week.
SUSTAINABILITY: Principle Cleaning Services aims to become the most sustainable cleaning company in the UK. The company launched the drive at an event at Barings' London office on 4 February. Principle has begun a number of initiatives, including eliminating single-use plastics, reducing overall plastic use through plastic-free packaging, chemical-free cleaning processes, water-saving and water-recycling systems and consumables from closed-loop recycling.
APPOINTMENT: Platinum Facilities has appointed Elliott Taylor as account director. Taylor spent 20 years with Jaguar Building Services in various site, contract and key account management roles. He will manage several major contracts in London for Platinum.
SUSTAINABILITY: Andre Laperrière, executive director of Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition, provides advice on how to reduce food waste. He said: "Much of this can be by driving forward sustainable agriculture, where food is produced to meet the needs of society while at the same time not harming the land. This can be achieved by actively engaging with and using open data, where farmers will be able to access accurate and relevant information on how and when to plant crops, due to being able to know weather patterns, soil quality and other key data. This will maximise crop yield and allow for the appropriate amount of food to be produced for society. From being able to share data, there will be the chance in which to learn and innovate to identify even greater ways to reduce food waste."
INDUSTRY: Catering and food service engineering company NWCE Foodservice Equipment has joined the Northern Powerhouse, This is the government's vision for a super-connected, globally competitive Northern economy with a flourishing private sector, a highly skilled population, and world-renowned civic and business leadership.
SOCIAL VALUE: Mitie has launched a new policy for its community of reservists. To assist with their military responsibilities, all members of the armed forces reserves employed by Mitie will now receive 10 days' paid leave every year, building on the previous policy of five days' unpaid leave.
EQUALITY: Mace has been named in the top 150 of Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index (WEI). The WEI measures equality in participating organisations across 10 areas of employment policy and practice, combining reported data with anonymous employee surveys about their experience of diversity and inclusion at work.
CONTRACT: Serco Middle East has won a five-year contract to deliver frontline hospitality services at both Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC). The contract builds on the company's long-term partnership with Dubai Airports Company and will see Serco supply services until 31 December 2024.