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World FM Day 2023 - Making a Real Difference

Posted 16 May 2023 by Vicky Shum

By Aurora Fonte

Creating Positive Changes for the 

Communities We Serve

This year’s World FM Day celebration is centered on the theme "Making a Real Difference." The theme is an apt reminder of the crucial role facilities management (FM) plays in creating a better world. As we navigate the aftermath of a pandemic, it's never been more important to focus on sustainability, resilience, and corporate responsibility. FM is at the heart of it all, ensuring that everyone who lives, works, and plays in our built environment is safe, secure, and thriving.

Facilities Management has undergone a remarkable transformation over the years, fueled by the unwavering spirit of innovation and cutting-edge technology. The advent of revolutionary technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and automation has spurred an incredible evolution, making FM more efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally conscious than ever before. But that's not all – these technologies have also become a beacon of hope for ensuring the safety and security of our built environment. With state-of-the-art access control and surveillance systems, we can now detect and stop unauthorised access in real-time, bolstering security measures and ensuring efficient incident management.

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Safeguarding People's Safety and Well-being

As technology continues to advance, I believe that the primary goal of FM should always be to prioritise the safety and well-being of people. This became even more evident during the COVID-19 pandemic, as the FM industry played a crucial role in ensuring that buildings remained clean and hygienic for everyone to use. As an FM professional, it's truly satisfying to know that our work has helped keep people safe and healthy during such a challenging time.

Sustainability in FM

As climate change continues to affect our daily lives, the FM sector must take decisive steps to ensure a sustainable future. With many organisations now focusing on resiliency, there is a growing need for sustainable solutions that can help us reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. It is essential that FM companies embrace sustainability as a core value and adopt practices that promote energy efficiency, waste reduction, and the use of renewable energy sources.

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To summarise, World FM Day is not just any other day, it's a day to express our heartfelt gratitude and celebrate the essential role facilities management plays in shaping the lives of people. FM has come a long way, from traditional practices to modern innovations, all aimed at making the built environment safer for everyone. The transformation has been incredible but what remains unchanged is the dedication of FM professionals to ensure the well-being and security of people. And with the pandemic changing the game entirely, sustainability has become even more crucial. 

At Assetlink, we understand the significance of these changes and are committed to keeping up with the pace of progress. Our goal is to continue to support our clients with the same passion and commitment and inspire positive developments in the communities we serve.

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