Organisations are striving to be greener

Organisations worldwide are seeing the importance of efficient infrastructure and facilities in optimising productivity and profits.

Facility Management (FM) is a growing industry and employees have a highly transferable skill set that progressive organisations recognise and benefit from, according to Sean Jones, Regional Facilities Manager EMEA & APAC, Rio Tinto Shared Services.

A speaker at the marcus evans European Facility Management Summit 2011 taking place in Berlin, Germany, 8 - 10 May, Jones says that knowing the difference between value and cost is imperative.

“Focus needs to be shifted to value that can be added to the organisation rather than just looking primarily at cost considerations. For too many years FM teams have been seen as a necessary overhead rather than a value adding function. Facility management skills are broad and transferrable to many other business disciplines and progressive organisations recognise and benefit from this,” he said.

Sustainability and environmental matters are also becoming increasingly important as facility managers work within a more regulated framework and have to find innovative ways to improve their buildings’ performance. Organisations want to be greener but this comes at a cost typically.

“If you look back 15 years, subjects such as recycling and conserving energy were not big ticket issues for many organisations. Nowadays, sustainability is a boardroom agenda item and organisations are measured on their performance in this area. From an organisational point of view, and especially in a mining company, compliance and forward thinking solutions to sustainability is vital for our standing. It will also become a differentiator across all sectors as companies with a good record in sustainability are preferable to do business with,” he says.

The marcus evans European Facility Management Summit 2011 will take place in Berlin on 8 - 10 May.