Farnek ‘first to achieve’ CIMS green cleaning standard in Middle East

Farnek ‘first to achieve’ CIMS green cleaning standard in Middle East
Published: 29 January 2019 - 7 a.m.
By: Nikhil Pereira

Farnek has successfully achieved ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standard Green Building (CIMS-GB) certification, with honours, which is awarded for a two-year term.

The world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry, ISSA’s CIMS-GB is a comprehensive programme that raises the level of commitment for the delivery of environmentally-friendly services.

Farnek had to demonstrate its compliance with the six core principles of the standard: quality systems; service delivery; human resources; health, safety, and environmental stewardship; and management commitment.

Commenting on the award, Markus Oberlin, CEO, Farnek said: “Having undergone a comprehensive assessment of our operation to deliver green cleaning services, Farnek is now the first company in the UAE to be certified by ISSA, inline with the CIMS-GB standard.

“This award underscores our professionalism and adds credibility to our position as a sustainable leader in the Middle East’s FM sector, while also giving us a distinct competitive advantage in future bidding processes. It is also proof that we are once again raising the bar by implementing a structured and international standardised approach to green cleaning.”

The standard is also tailored to provide Farnek’s customers with precisely what they need to secure points under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings; Operations and Maintenance (LEED EB: O&M) Green Building Rating System.

“LEED aims to encourage and support building owners and operators to become more environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently. As such, CIMS-GB certification demonstrates our capability to assist our clients to help achieve LEED EB: O&M points, offer them partnership assurance or simply support as a CIMS-GB certified cleaning service provider,” added Oberlin.

To comply Farnek has also met various criteria with the focus on sustainable cleaning practices.

This included implementation of a green cleaning policy, resource conservation plans, environmental impact analysis of its operating procedures and enhanced staff training programmes for green cleaning.

Julian Khalil, director, soft FM Farnek said: “Every aspect of our cleaning practice was assessed. This included ensuring that at least 60% of the purchase value for our materials is spent on eco-friendly products. We redeveloped the entire supply chain across all product types, such as chemicals, equipment, machines, trash bags and janitorial paper products, soap and air fresheners in order to ensure compliance.”

Khalil added that the firm assessed over 100 of our cleaning standard operating procedures (SOPs) and included an environmental impact analysis to conserve resources during the cleaning process.

“We can now teach our staff to choose cleaning techniques that have less impact on the environment by using less water and electricity, while producing less waste,” added Khalil.

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