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BIFM becomes IWFM

20 November 2018

Following a change of identify, the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) is now known as the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM).

Announced earlier this year, the new name has been officially adopted and the organisation is also aiming for chartered status.

Chairman Stephen Roots has explained the reason for the change of identity as aiming at raising the profile of the FM sector "to push the conversation around how we can support core organisations" and play a more central role.

He also explained the change as framing "the rationale for FM to generate a better understanding of the value that facilities and workplace professionals can contribute to the success of organisations".

Mr Roots further stated this will generate more understanding of the value provided by FM professionals, with the intention of creating more potential for rewarding careers.

IWFM chief executive officer Linda Hausmann has additionally outlined a 10-point plan to highlight the organisation's intentions.

In addition to a new website, core elements of the former BIFM proposition have been revised, including professional standards and an updated Standards Handbook.

A "root and branch" review of standards will also be conducted in 2019, along with a Career of Choice campaign to build on the existing relationship with the Department for Work and Pensions.

The launch of a free market information index will additionally be launched late next year, preceded by a research and insight programme in the summer.

Further activities include a "deep dive" to examine the impact of technology on FM, continued development of Good Practice Guides and improving member experience, including an in-depth CPD programme.

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