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The role and effectiveness of a formal sustainability policy in Facilities Management

Price, S, Pitt, M, Marmot, A, Tucker, MP, Mclennan, P and Ucci, M (2010) The role and effectiveness of a formal sustainability policy in Facilities Management. In: Proceedings of CIB W70 - Facilities Management and Maintenance Conference . (CIB W70 - Facilities Management and Maintenance Conference, 13 September 2010 - 15 September 2010, Sao Paulo, Brazil).

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The paper develops the level of understanding of the current position of FM providers surrounding sustainable FM. The research establishes, through looking at a sample of FM companies, the level of commitment the FM industry is dedicating to the sustainability movement through looking at the sustainable business practice which stems from their Sustainability Policy (SP).
A data analysis of 65 FM companies was carried out. The companies were all members of the BIFM and were a mix of small, medium and large companies (according to employee number) as well as a mix of FM only organisations or FM+ (an FM branch of a construction firm for example). The data analysis looked at each company’s commitment to sustainable business practice and the affect organisational characteristics had on this. This was achieved by creating a predetermined list of self questions to complete for each company; covering organisational characteristics and indicators to sustainable practice.
The research found that companies which have a sustainability policy are more likely to implement sustainable business practice, resulting in gaining awards, reporting on sustainable issues and setting targets. Many companies that do not have a policy still participate in these areas but less effectively. Company size also has a significant effect on sustainable business practice, with large companies much more likely to behave in a sustainable way.
This paper does not look at the reasons for not having a sustainability policy or practising sustainable business management. The paper demonstrates the purpose and effectiveness of a formal Facilities Management sustainability policy. As such the paper is useful in the preparation of a sustainability strategy.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Doctoral Management Studies (from Sep 19)
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2022 11:57
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2022 15:18
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16213
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