Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)? Don’t Panic!

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)? Don’t Panic! “Don’t panic!”, if you are tasked with responsibility for sustainability and CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) within your current FM function help is at hand…   Due to the trend towards an increasing number of Facilities Managers now being wholly or partly responsible for their company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability initiatives, alongside their traditional FM

Mr MainwaringDue to the trend towards an increasing number of Facilities Managers now being wholly or partly responsible for their company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability initiatives, alongside their traditional FM role, they may be inclined to question where they will find the additional hours in an already full day. However, in the inimitable words of Corporal Jones; “Don’t panic Mr Mainwaring”.You are more than likely already managing this role, in part or whole, through the day to day work you carry out. Take five minutes and ask yourself a few simple questions such as:
1. Does my role involve meter readings?
2. Does my role involve carrying out responsible procurement?
3. Does my company have Health & Safety and Diversity policies?
4. Does your company audit FGas (Fluorinated Gases)?
5. Does senior management request regular updates on the compliance level of the estate?These are only a few of many basic questions you could ask yourself. If you answered one ‘Yes’ you are well on your way to supporting your company’s CSR and sustainability initiatives. What’s more it makes a lot of sense to group these activities with FM due to the synergies that exist between them. It is yet another example of how effective and efficient FM can bring about a competitive advantage for a company within today’s challenging markets not to mention the vital role you are carrying out.

You may not be aware but you already have a wealth of information at your disposal. Unfortunately problems can arise if you do not know how to, or have the means to, access it. The key is being able to collate, analyse and present this data in an appropriate and timely way to be able to demonstrate and prove your company’s credentials. As mentioned, this is where some Facilities Managers face their biggest challenge.

However, those of you with a CAFM solution such as that provided by Ostara Systems, will have the ability to instantly demonstrate the contribution you and your team are making. Furthermore you will be able to make use of historic data to set realistic objectives going forward. If you haven’t got a CAFM (also known as IWMS and CMMS – Integrated Workplace Management System/Computerised Maintenance Management Systems) remember Corporal Jones again and take a look at how affordable and desirable these solutions now are. They should not be disruptive, costly or over complicated to implement and should be very easy and intuitive to use. If anyone is telling you differently seek an alternative opinion!

Users of CAFM systems should not only manage meter readings – all part of energy efficiency initiatives – but also FGas, gas and water usage, but also carry out impartial and transparent contractor and contract management to leverage the supply chain and ensure all steps are being taken to minimise environmental impacts at the same time as benefiting the local and wider communities. Reporting tools (which in the opinion of Ostara Systems should be integrated within the CAFM system and not an expensive add on) should enable the capture, analysis, measurement, control and ultimate presentation of activities in a clear and easy to communicate way.

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