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Empowering people for a productive world

Will Bowen
Will Bowen is the International SIG committee member leading World FM Day activities
07 April 2016 | Will Bowen


This July the FM community will be celebrating World FM Day on 13 July. The theme will be ‘Empowering people for a productive world’, and will look at how facilities management enables different business disciplines to collaborate to deliver high-quality business performance.


The celebrations will actually last throughout the course of the week beginning 11 July, and will be led by events, publicity and communications across the planet.

BIFM and a task force of regions, and special interest groups led by myself from the International Special Interest Group, are aiming to make this the best World FM Day yet. This task force aims to reach out to facilities management professionals in every sector, no matter what their role, whether they are part of a large corporate FM organisation or a small in-house team. We aim to help raise the profile of FM, engage with a wide external audience, both locally and internationally, and generate pride and enthusiasm within the profession.

In previous years we have seen many diverse events being staged to mark World FM Day, from large conferences to small FM team drinks after work. They are all united in the aim of celebrating FM.

This year the BIFM task force is working towards a coordinated celebration. The task force has also linked with members outside of the UK stretching across global regions from the Caribbean to the Middle East. The BIFM task force also works closely with the Global FM task force, which I also chair. The Global FM World FM Day task force is made up of five other FM associations working across six continents.

World FM Day will also be the day on which winners in the Global FM Awards of Excellence will be revealed.

In the lead-up to World FM Day, we will focus on providing updates to our members and the wider business sector to raise awareness of World FM Day. I am confident that we can really showcase the profession and prove that FM really is about empowerment; as a sector we empower people to reach their full potential, we enable them to work, contribute positively to economies, assist emerging technologies and enable social interaction. All of this positive activity created from within our profession really does contribute towards a “productive world”.

I would urge everyone across the FM profession to take some time during the week of 11-15 July to promote FM and celebrate World FM Day and show how FM can empower people for “a productive world.”

Also, please keep in touch with your regional groups and the special interest groups that you follow for updates. Let us know about your plans to celebrate World FM Day. This is so we are aware of everything that is happening and are all equally able to celebrate the day – ensuring that the amazing work and the value that FM professionals bring to the world is quite rightly elevated!

For further information you should visit the following sites www.bifm.org.uk/worldfmday or www.globalfm.org.


Will Bowen is the International SIG committee member leading World FM Day activities