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Companies make progress on climate change

22 May 2017

Balfour Beatty, a UK construction contractor, has become the first company in the world to be assessed to the ISO 20400 standard for sustainable procurement.

Controversy over international safety standard

22 May 2017

The proposed new international health and safety management standard has been criticised by the TUC, which argues that workers need legal protections, not voluntary standards.

Take a walking lunch

19 May 2017

May is National Walking Month and British workers are being urged to use their lunch breaks to walk for 20 minutes as part of a campaign for the Walking Lunch, as recent research indicates that over half of workers in the UK eat lunch at their desks.

Cyberattack warning to small businesses

19 May 2017

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has warned the UK’s 5.5 million small businesses and self-employed to urgently protect themselves from a global cyber ransomware attack, including following cyber protection advice and having specific cyber protection insurance.

FM growth

18 May 2017

The facilities management (FM) sector may contribute up to 8% of the UK GDP according to the “Value of FM” report that was released by the BIFM to coincide with World FM Day 2017. The global market has a value of approximately $1.1 trillion globally.

Remote access can mean working at all times

16 May 2017

A third (32%) of the UK employees have claimed that having remote access to work means they can never switch off and fully enjoy their personal time. This is according to a new report from the CIPD which highlights the need for better guidance on remote and flexible working.

“Wellness matters” research

16 May 2017

In recognition that the “health and wellness agenda is, rightly, growing in importance and prominence” and that “there are opportunities throughout a building’s life cycle to enable change”, the British Council for Offices (BCO) has commissioned a one-year research study entitled Wellness Matters: Health and Wellbeing in Offices and What to do About It.

M1 “smart motorway” final testing to begin

16 May 2017

Highways England has announced that it is ready to begin final testing of motorway improvements on the M1 which it is hoped will mean easier journeys for thousands of motorists.

Food law prosecutions database published

16 May 2017

The Food Standards Agency has provided public access to its database of successful food standards, food hygiene and food safety related prosecutions in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Certification for managing carbon emissions of the supply chain

16 May 2017

The Carbon Trust has launched a new international certification for organisations working to reduce carbon emissions which are outside their direct operational control. It is the world’s first independent certification to recognise organisations that have developed a framework to measure, manage and reduce carbon emissions across their supply chain.