VINCI Facilities receives top award for sustainability in FM

VINCI Facilities has received a high award for sustainability in FM in the Sustainable Facilities Management Index (SFMI) 2020 E-Awards.

The platinum certificate was awarded in recognition of VINCI Facilities high sustainability performance over continuous years and its own capability to demonstrate a strongly embedded sustainability culture.

Four FM providers received a platinum certificate in the SFMI E-Awards: VINCI Facilities, ENGIE, Bouygues Energies & Skanska and services.

Run by sustainability consultancy Acclaro Advisory, the SFMI may be the only sustainability benchmark for the united kingdom FM sector. Year now in its eighth, the SFMI judges environmentally friendly, social and governance (ESG) performance of FM providers annually. Acclaro’s team conducts independent assessments across 23 criteria, including sustainability frameworks, management systems, social value, energy, water, compliance, health & safety, employee development, diversity and much more. Every year the SFMI grades the organisations assessed, awarding the very best performers with a platinum, gold or silver certificate.

2020 was an unprecedented year. The pandemic dealt UK PLC a harsh blow, forcing organisations to lean on facilities FM and managers providers to steer them through the crisis. The SFMI audits revealed that sustainability remains on top of the sector’s agenda, as the pandemic has encouraged FM organisations to prioritise wellbeing, health & safety, lockdown management and social value.

The findings from the 2020 assessments claim that while progress has been made, the has some clear areas to spotlight:

  • The C-suite was primarily in charge of driving sustainability through regulations, commercial opportunities and greater customer alignment. However, organisations need to realise the entire potential of commercialising sustainability yet.
  • The pandemic catapulted areas such as for example wellbeing, health & safety, social value and lockdown management to the very best of the continuing business agenda.
  • FM providers developed and integrated social value frameworks at the organization level, driven by the growing focus on social value within public sector government and contracts frameworks. THE UNITED KINGDOM government launched the Procurement Policy Note 06/20 recently, a fresh model outlining its social value criteria for the very first time. However, integrating and embedding social capturing and value data that demonstrates its benefits remains a substantial challenge.
  • In the initial stage of a zero carbon journey, a solid contingent within the FM sector is pushing to decarbonise fleet emissions now. In 2020, leading businesses were developing ways of decarbonise either, making plans to purchase the procedure or actioning their strategy.
  • Leaders in FM have either published or are preparing to publish zero carbon plans in early 2021. But these organisations should do more to measure supply chain emissions along with the impact they have on the customer’s zero carbon efforts.
  • There was a shift toward the usage of integrated workplace management systems. New mobile apps do from providing staff usage of sustainability-related systems and online training programmes to capturing data from sensors to generate value for customers.
  • By aligning procurement with values predicated on a responsible business culture, client organisations can form a far more strategic, higher-value method of sustainability.
  • To transform sustainability within FM, organisations must try to create a new responsible business design that permeates through their culture, systems and teams. 

Chris Havers, Program Director of the SFMI for Acclaro Advisory, mentioned: “We wish to congratulate our 4 platinum certificate recipients. It’s been an incredibly difficult yr for the FM field and this achievement is usually testament to the increasing dedication to sustainable FM within these organisations.

“Within 2020, we have noticed the FM industry’s position grow. FM provides navigated organisations in the general public and private industry through the pandemic and is currently playing a pivotal function in creating post-pandemic workplaces. Providers have a chance to create themselves as progressive really, responsible businesses that may work together with clients to transform their sustainable outcomes. Their aim ought to be to create home based business models that add a sustainable business lifestyle, sustainably led technologies solutions and a tuned and engaged workforce. 

“The pandemic, with climate change together, rising financial inequality, and an evergrowing social justice movement, represents an ideal storm for FM to determine its position as the noticeable change agent.”  

This year’s results are available in the ‘SFMI 2020 Summary Record’. To the document download, click here.