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Five reasons why social sustainability is so important and how it can make an impact for FM. By Greg Davies, BIFM Sustainability

07-11-16, 17:02

Greg Davies, from the BIFM Sustainability Special Interest Group talks about the 10th BIFM Sustainability in FM survey, has seen the rise of social sustainability and its measurement as being a significant factor for facilities managers (FM) over the next decade...

"The 10th BIFM Sustainability in FM survey, launched in September 2016, has seen the rise of social sustainability and its measurement as being a significant factor for facilities managers (FM) over the next decade.

Because social sustainability has been seen as difficult to measure by organisations, the topic is much less understood currently than the environmental and financial aspects of the 'triple bottom line' (TBL/3BL) accounting framework. That in itself however offers opportunity to those departments willing to pick up the subject and in so doing help demonstrate further organisational value. Here are five reasons to consider why this should be FM.

1.As with environmental and financial sustainability, social sustainability is a natural domain for FM in most organisations.

2.Social sustainability recognises the value and inter-relationship with society, communities and people; all fundamental to successful FM.

3.On an organisational level social sustainability covers aspects such as human rights, modern slavery, minimum wage, health, safety, diversity and wellness - FM impacts them all.

4.More broadly social sustainability can involve areas such as community engagement / initiatives, volunteering, philanthropy, quality of employment and work / life balance.

5.If FM doesn't take the lead another department will and we will end up as data gatherers again rather than knowledge partners."

> Download the BIFM Sustainability in FM survey here

 
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