Cleaning and maintenance company CMC Property Services recently held a breakfast information session on green cleaning and procurement for an audience of more than 40 people from facility management companies and CMC clients. Held at Melbourne’s Origin Energy building, it was also an opportunity to launch the CMC Life Skills program.
Guest speaker and green cleaning expert, Bridget Gardner from Fresh Green Clean, gave the audience a comprehensive overview on how to use sustainability to improve business performance, key service level agreements in cleaning tenders, partnerships to deliver better results and the real benefits of green cleaning.
Gardner gave an example of how CMC had partnered with one of its clients and Fresh Green Clean to conduct a true cleaning audit of its processes and practices. The audit reviewed product and equipment, procedural documents, store and supply, cleaning processes and performance outcomes. CMC has since implemented 12 out of 14 recommendations made by the audit.
“The session was a way that we could showcase to our current and prospective clients the work we have done in improving our processes and procedures,” said CMC’s general manager Elly Krommidas. “Environmental sustainability is not just something that is mentioned in our business plan.
“It is something we believe strongly in and work hard in every aspect possible in our business to ensure. It is not only environmental sustainability but also social responsibility that is a key goal for us at CMC.”
CMC officially launched the CMC Life Skills program at the information session, which is a program developed to give disadvantaged members in the community an opportunity to learn cleaning and cleaning related skills and give them the tools and on-the-job training to seek employment.
CMC works with its clients that are not-for-profit organisations, welfare agencies and charities that can provide access to disadvantaged people who would like to be part of the program.
“We believe that cleaning is a life skill that most people can benefit from in their lives,” Krommidas reflected. “The first candidate for the program Richard has started working in the building in which the information session was held, the Origin Energy Building in Melbourne.”
The information session was the first in a series that will be held by CMC.