A hot topic in today's world, and FM is uniquely placed to impact a company's CSR objectives. Here's the information you need to know.
Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Issues are now a major concern for all organisations. As Facilities Managers we have a huge amount of influence on CSR concerns - but what exactly is CSR?
The phrase “the triple bottom line” was first coined in 1994 by John Elkington, the founder of a British consultancy called Sustainability. His argument was that companies should be preparing three different (and quite separate) bottom lines.
CSR and sustainability are terms that are often used interchangeably but there is a distinct difference and as facilities managers, it is important that we understand that difference.
When thinking about the environment in FM, it is worth considering the international report that triggered the whole CSR and sustainability debate off.
As well as legislation to govern CSR and sustainability there is a whole range of national and international standards which we should consider.
Over recent years, governments have introduced a whole range of legislation and there promises to be a great deal more in the coming years.
ISO14001 is widely recognised as an international standard for sustainability and environment, but is it the only option?
Procurement is a fundamental part of many FM roles. But what factors do we need to consider other than simply cost and level of service?
We've all seen the energy performance certificates stuck to the side of our fridge, but since 2012 there have been similar certificates issued for buildings as well.