Once a year, the global facility management (FM) industry unites to recognise the important role of professionals in the sector. As part of World FM Day (17 May 2017), this week, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors celebrates the contributions FM makes as a profession that lie at the very heart of any organisation’s corporate real estate strategy.
Says TC Chetty, RICS Country Manager for South Africa: “World FM Day is instigated by Global FM to recognise the vital work that facility management professionals and the facility management industry contributes to business worldwide. It aims to raise the profile of the FM profession and the role FMs play in underpinning the health, safety, productivity and well-being of people who utilise the built environment.”
World FM day sets a context for knowledge sharing and thought leadership leads a virtual session looking at the future of the profession, discussing major trends including mass urbanization, the rise of the worldwide middle class and big data. RICS FM collaboration partner, the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) hosts a three-day Virtual Conference Webinar Event featuring over 30 sessions hosted by industry professionals from around the world. Sessions will span a range of topics from sustainability and smart cities to the new digital workplace.
In April, IFMA and RICS celebrated one year since launching a global collaboration, representing a significant evolution in the FM sector. The collaboration aims to provide an unprecedented level of industry support to meet the growing demands of the 25 million FM practitioners around the world.
Sean Tompkins, RICS Chief Executive says: “It’s been nearly a year since we got together and talked about many of the things that are happening in the FM world and how we might come together and collaborate to really help advance the industry, improve the profession, to raise its profile and heighten standards.”
Key IFMA-RICS collaboration initiatives from the past year include:
- The launch of the Define.FM campaign driving awareness for the FM sector and empowering practitioners to define the profession.
- The creation of a new, one-stop-shop for FM training resources and credentials.
- A series of World Workplace events that brings together FM professionals in locations around the globe.
- The release of a joint research report, Raising the Bar: From Operational Excellence to Strategic Impact in FM.
“What this collaboration has done is changed the conversation that we’re seeing in the FM industry, and that is a real important aspect to raising the bar. It’s exciting times for FM,” says Tony Keane, President and CEO of IFMA.
Both leaders note the role the collaboration has played to help break down silos between FM and the broader built environment industry. These efforts serve to raise the profile of FM, giving greater voice and increased status to the profession, ultimately driving all around better industry solutions and enabling business success.
To celebrate World FM Day and mark the collaboration milestone, Tony Keane, President and CEO of IFMA, and Sean Tompkins, Chief Executive, RICS, share a video message highlighting the significant strides the collaboration has made over the past year to support the global FM community and define the future of the profession.