“Mind The Gap”:
Has the FM industry
embraced the
Sustainability Agenda?
Mark Whittaker,
Integral UK & BIFM North
Presentation Outline

1. How do we define sustainability?
2. Why is it important?
3. What is it’s importance within FM?
4....
1. Defining Sustainability?
A working practice is seen as „sustainable‟ if it “meets the
needs of the present without comp...
Five Key Components?
Waste

Biodiversity

Flexible
Working

Sustainability

Staff
Well
Being

Energy

Health &
Safety

4 |...
2. Why sustainability?

“The social customer is looking for
businesses & leaders to be much more
socially responsible.”

“...
2. The Evidence

6 | Sustainability in the Workplace
3. Importance within FM?
> In 60% of client organisations,
the premises or facilities manager
is responsible for environme...
Key Findings




Over 33% believe senior
management do not show
leadership in this area.



8 | Sustainability in the W...
2013 Sustainability in FM Survey

9 | Sustainability in the Workplace
Key Findings - Sustainability


Significant adoption progress since 2007



Primary responsibility at board level, whole...
Four Key Recommendations
1. Support FMs to educate & implement

2. Provide Communication Tools
3. Publicise no cost/altern...
“Mind the Gap”- The Evidence
Based on a survey of over 600 UK businesses:
•

Company directors are more confident about
th...
Too much too soon?
Graeme Davies writes:
“Energy efficiency and reducing emissions are important, mainly for
practical rea...
Beware of “Greenwash”?

14 | Sustainability in the Workplace
Other useful info
Sustainable Facilities Management
can contribute to a company‟s:
1. Bottom Line

2. Commitment to the En...
Group Discussion
1. How important is Sustainability in your organisation & are
your senior management on board?

2.

What ...
What are the current barriers?
 Senior Management Buy-in
 Staff Engagement
 Lack of Tools

 Underdeveloped training & ...
Conclusions
Newton’s Laws of Motion:


Inertia:
“an object either is at rest or moves at a constant velocity, unless acte...
Contact Details
> Mark Whittaker:
E: mark.a.whittaker@integral.co.uk
M: 07764 840 694
T: @Whitbags
B: www.whitbagsinfm.wor...
Presentation to BIFM Merseyside Group 29 October 2013
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Presentation to BIFM Merseyside Group 29 October 2013

  1. 1. “Mind The Gap”: Has the FM industry embraced the Sustainability Agenda? Mark Whittaker, Integral UK & BIFM North
  2. 2. Presentation Outline 1. How do we define sustainability? 2. Why is it important? 3. What is it’s importance within FM? 4. What are the barriers to progress? 2 | Sustainability in the Workplace
  3. 3. 1. Defining Sustainability? A working practice is seen as „sustainable‟ if it “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Resources should be used to benefit businesses now and in the future, in a way that benefits society.” Source: Brundtland Commission of the United Nations on 20 March 1987. 3 | Sustainability in the Workplace
  4. 4. Five Key Components? Waste Biodiversity Flexible Working Sustainability Staff Well Being Energy Health & Safety 4 | Sustainability in the Workplace
  5. 5. 2. Why sustainability? “The social customer is looking for businesses & leaders to be much more socially responsible.” “Social responsibility and sustainability are both inherently a mid- to long – term proposition, with impacts sometimes taking years to be seen.” 5 | Sustainability in the Workplace
  6. 6. 2. The Evidence 6 | Sustainability in the Workplace
  7. 7. 3. Importance within FM? > In 60% of client organisations, the premises or facilities manager is responsible for environmental management in their organisation. > 32% of clients have an environmental remit; this has grown from 22% who had an environmental remit five years ago. > For any environmental or sustainable issue to be fully taken on board by an organisation, management buy-in and strong leadership are vital. 7 | Sustainability in the Workplace
  8. 8. Key Findings   Over 33% believe senior management do not show leadership in this area.  8 | Sustainability in the Workplace 47% receive no formal training in environmental awareness 83% of organisations don‟t assesses attitude of staff on sustainability issues
  9. 9. 2013 Sustainability in FM Survey 9 | Sustainability in the Workplace
  10. 10. Key Findings - Sustainability  Significant adoption progress since 2007  Primary responsibility at board level, whole organisation buy-in  Champions are key tool to engage staff  FM can become educator & implementer  Lack of tools, knowledge & training  Financial constraints 10 | Sustainability in the Workplace
  11. 11. Four Key Recommendations 1. Support FMs to educate & implement 2. Provide Communication Tools 3. Publicise no cost/alternative costed improvements 4. Communicate case studies 11 | Sustainability in the Workplace
  12. 12. “Mind the Gap”- The Evidence Based on a survey of over 600 UK businesses: • Company directors are more confident about the efforts their company is taking on sustainability issues (79%) than energy managers (69%) operating on the frontline: • One third of energy managers believe their organisation is not doing enough. • 40% of businesses believe they are making good progress on energy management • 46% of companies do not know their carbon emission levels Siemens Green League Report, 2012 12 | Sustainability in the Workplace
  13. 13. Too much too soon? Graeme Davies writes: “Energy efficiency and reducing emissions are important, mainly for practical reasons rather than moral ones. From the beginning of this month, companies listed on the London Stock Exchange must deliver mandatory carbon reporting alongside their annual financial reports detailing the emissions they make. “ “clients will increasingly look to their FM provider to advise and lead on meeting suitable sustainability standards. “ The downside: Carillion tooled up to serve this market too rapidly compared to the slow response from homeowners and energy companies and now has to scale back its operations, at a potential cost of up to £40m in this financial year. 13 | Sustainability in the Workplace
  14. 14. Beware of “Greenwash”? 14 | Sustainability in the Workplace
  15. 15. Other useful info Sustainable Facilities Management can contribute to a company‟s: 1. Bottom Line 2. Commitment to the Environment 3. Health, Safety & Productivity of their people 15 | Sustainability in the Workplace
  16. 16. Group Discussion 1. How important is Sustainability in your organisation & are your senior management on board? 2. What kind of sustainability measures have you adopted? 3. What are the barriers to further adoption? 16 | Sustainability in the Workplace
  17. 17. What are the current barriers?  Senior Management Buy-in  Staff Engagement  Lack of Tools  Underdeveloped training & knowledge  Misconception: link between capital investment & sustainable. 17 | Sustainability in the Workplace
  18. 18. Conclusions Newton’s Laws of Motion:  Inertia: “an object either is at rest or moves at a constant velocity, unless acted upon by an external force.”  Need for Senior Management understanding & buy-in  Momentum: “The acceleration of a body is directly proportional to, and in the same direction as, the net force acting on the body.”  Need to evidence & publicise tangible results & obtain staff engagement It is about people not technology 18 | Sustainability in the Workplace
  19. 19. Contact Details > Mark Whittaker: E: mark.a.whittaker@integral.co.uk M: 07764 840 694 T: @Whitbags B: www.whitbagsinfm.wordpress.com 19 | Sustainability in the Workplace

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