Skills and training for a forward-looking cleaning sector

14th of January 2021
Skills and training for a forward-looking cleaning sector

The already rapid shift towards a climate-neutral and digital transformation in the European economy is being accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic. So upskilling and re-skilling are urgent priorities to ensure workers and companies are well equipped for the challenges ahead. European industry organisation EFCI tells us about its work in this

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The end of the city as we know it?

18th of November 2020
The end of the city as we know it?

Covid restrictions are being tightened in the wake of a perilous ‘second wave’ sweeping the globe. The new tsunami of infections has forced governments to drop their not wholly successful efforts to coax city workers back to their desks, prompting Hartley Milner to ask…are we seeing the end of the city as we know it? 

At

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Cleaning in Japan - community ritual

17th of November 2020
Cleaning in Japan - community ritual

It’s something oddly Japanese: men and women in office attire roaming the streets looking for rubbish. Usually they won’t find anything as streets are spotless most of the time, but it serves more than just that purpose - writes Bobbie van der List.

On a Monday afternoon in the Marunouchi district of Japan’s capital Tokyo most

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Public washrooms - a change in attitude

17th of November 2020
Public washrooms - a change in attitude

“The public needs to have confidence in restaurants, bars, hotels, shops and gyms if they are to return to these facilities - and the same applies to away-from-home washrooms”, says Essity’s Stuart Hands. However according to the company’s latest survey, attitudes to public toilets are changing as people demand new Covid-19

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The balance between sustainability and hygiene

16th of November 2020
The balance between sustainability and hygiene

The use of disposable products and plastic PPE has been dramatically stepped up during the pandemic. But can such methods be sustainable? Or should we be prepared to compromise on sustainability while our health is at risk?

The sustainability movement has gathered momentum over recent years – in the cleaning industry along with everywhere

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EFCI promotes good procurement and contracting practices

30th of October 2020
EFCI promotes good procurement and contracting practices

The value of public procurement, from over 250,000 public authorities in the EU, is 14 per cent of European Union GDP, or two trillion Euro a year, according to the European Commission. Public procurement contracts are evidently very important in the economy of most business services sectors, such as cleaning, contract catering and security, which

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