On the 8th November, the Sustainable Facilities Management Index released its annual insight into the state of sustainable facilities management in the UK. After a summer of assessing 26 major UK FM’s against a tried and tested sustainability criteria, we can offer a look at the 2018 leaders, and our look at the market.

If you missed the event, sign up for our webinar on the 12th December. The webinar highlights key parts of the report, and gives three top rated businesses the chance to tell us how they have developed a sustainable facilities management approach, and the challenges faced to get there.

State of the Market round-up

Two tiered FM – separating those who add value

The SFMI predicts that the FM market is developing into a two-tiered hierarchy.

  1. A top tier of businesses able to evidence successful implementation of environmental, social and governance added value into their corporate management and contractual approach.  The companies achieving the top tier scores are overall winners; Engie, along with fellow leaders Vinci Facilities and Skanska. Then Bouygues, BAM FM, Sodexo and Galliford Try all performing well and looking to gain ground on the leaders.
  2. A second (larger) tier lacking in disclosure and evidence showing how they manage sustainability. They show varying signs of being part of the ‘race to the bottom line’ approach. Many business that offer FM are part of a diversified wider company. The SFMI always focuses on the FM division of the business rather than this wider corporate group. Therefore, an FM business cannot rest on the laurels of corporate wider programme to see them to higher scores.

The SFMI approach shows a need for higher transparency in the FM sector. It also benefits the client interest who are seeking added sustainability value. The SFMI cuts through smooth marketing talk and requires evidence to back-up claims around social value and environmental management.

Sign up for our webinar for insight into what a top tier company does, and how they do it.

Red Flags

Page nine in the report draws comparisons and the concerns about the sector in relation to Carillion’s score from 2013 and the risk of a two tiered market. While the Carillion collapse was not isolated to sustainability and was a complex issue, we can draw signals from the Carillion approach to sustainability over the years which acts as a proxy for the long-term strategy of a business.  The SFMI will delve further into this on our webinar on the 12th, and now we have 6 years of data, we will look to see how data can portray red flags in the future.

Partnerships announced

The SFMI announced two strategic partnerships at its launch event. Working with RICS, the SFMI will play a key role in the establishment of a global approach to responsible business management in FM and the supply chain. This role comes in the form of a series of global forums called the RICS Responsible Business Leaders Forum. The forums will be Chaired by Acclaro Advisory MD, Sunil Shah, and the SFMI is tasked with analysing and compiling the findings from the series of events into a report for RICS. This will be used to build the case for a global approach to Responsible business management in the built environment.

Our second partnerships works on a practical level for the companies taking part in the SFMI. Working with Ditto Sustainability  will help to deliver improvements through three means:

1. Utilise Ditto’s experience with technology, software and data handling to improve the annual assessment approach that we take.

2. Potentially integrate an improved bench-marking approach through technology

3. Provide access to interactive e-learning tools so business can cultivate and integrate sustainability across all levels.

Also, to look out for

Assessed companies will soon receive their scorecards, and partners will be setting up their feedback presentations for the upcoming months – these presentations are a chance for the board room to gain exposure into the feedback that was gained from the audits, and the potential for improvement in key areas of sustainability.

Consultation – The SFMI seeks to improve its approach and is conducting consultations with interested stakeholders. Our discussion will give insight and input into improvements to our offering. Get in touch to setup a call.

2019 partnership offers and pricing will be available soon – contact us for further information.