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IWFM and Three Other Member Organisations Launch Resilience Alliance

IWFM Launches Resilience Alliance with Three Other Member Organisations 
22 September 2020
 

IWFM is to form a new relationship with three independent professional membership organisations, to enhance industry collaboration and help organisations adapt to sudden crises and disruption.

The Resilience Alliance, launched today, is a collaboration between Airmic, ASIS International, the Business Continuity Institute and the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM).

Airmic is the leading UK association for everyone who has a responsibility for risk management and insurance for their organisation, and ASIS International is the world's largest membership organisation for security management professionals.

 

“Workplace and facilities management professionals have never been more central to the country’s fortunes: the pandemic has shone a light on the importance of our profession in keeping buildings clean, safe and operational, enabling people to do their best work wherever they are, and leading the safe return to work.”

– Linda Hausmanis

Chief Executive, IWFM

 

The relationship aims to develop and promote the importance of resilience and establish best practice initiatives in this area. Each body has signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” to this effect.

The Resilience Alliance will address the implications of the changes and sudden disruptions faced by organisations already in 2020, whilst also aiming to develop and promote a common mutual understanding of what is meant by the term resilience.

 

No Single Discipline can Claim to Cover all Aspects of Resilience

 

The basis for this collaboration lies on the belief that there is no single discipline that can claim to cover all aspects of resilience. Resilience is delivered by multidisciplinary specialists working together towards a common purpose, therefore risk management, workplace and facilities, security and business continuity professionals all play a key role.  

Linda Hausmanis, Chief Executive of IWFM, said: “COVID-19 has underlined the importance of resilience as organisations have needed to be adaptive and flexible in the face of challenging and uncertain circumstances. Resilience will continue to be paramount in the coming months as we emerge from the crisis; likewise, flexibility will remain key to any newly laid plans as we continue into the unknown.”

 

 

Airmic Resilience Alliance Logo

 

Picture: The Resilience Alliance logo 

 

“Workplace and facilities management professionals have never been more central to the country’s fortunes: the pandemic has shone a light on the importance of our profession in keeping buildings clean, safe and operational, enabling people to do their best work wherever they are, and leading the safe return to work. 

“If this pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we need to come together for the greater good. The Resilience Alliance exemplifies this principle and we look forward to working with our partners.”

Picture: A photograph of Linda Hausmanis

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 22 September 2020

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