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Celebrating the Vital Work of Facilities Managers

Once a year, the global facilities management (FM) community comes together to celebrate the significant contribution facilities managers and the wider US$1.15 trillion global FM industry makes to the global economy.

As the authoritative voice of, and for facilities management in New Zealand, the Facilities Management Association of New Zealand (FMANZ) will be acknowledging the vital role its members play in ensuring the collective spaces Kiwis live their lives in are safe, healthy, sustainable and productive.

“We acknowledge the significant contribution each and every one of our members makes to the profitability of business, and to the productivity and wellbeing of everyone who walks through their doors,” says FMANZ CEO Gillian Wess.

“There is growing recognition within New Zealand about the important role facilities managers play as enablers in allowing organisations to deliver on their business outcomes. Not only do FMs ‘get stuff done’, they contribute to discussions in the boardroom on how workplace design can support cultural change, assist in the drive to recruit and retain talent, and improve productivity,” Ms Wess adds.

“World FM Day is also an opportunity for FMANZ to celebrate its own achievements and the role it plays in elevating the knowledge base of facilities managers, raising industry performance standards, and promoting greater awareness and visibility of the FM profession.”

This year's World FM Day theme, 'Celebrating Global ISO FM Standards', acknowledges the milestone of developing the ISO 41000 series of international standards, a set of criteria agreed upon by 43 countries.

"Developing ISO Standards is a massive game changer for our industry," says Duncan Waddell, Chairman of Global FM. "These standards represent a significant step forward in the standardisation of FM professional practices internationally."

ISO 41000: Why We Should Care is one of the plenary sessions at FMANZ’s two-day FM Summit, which is being held at Te Papa in Wellington on 25-26 June.

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