Cleaning is now out of the shadows in Russia

5th of January 2022
Cleaning is now out of the shadows in Russia

Oleg Popov of Cristanval, a cleaning company in Russia, explains how the professional cleaning sector there was in the shadows where taxation was concerned until recently. This has now changed. 

The cleaning sector has been developing in Russia since the late 1990s. Until 2018, it was one of the most opaque industries. Therefore, the tax

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Revisiting the new normal

4th of January 2022
Revisiting the new normal

Lynn Webster in the UK reviews the year that’s passed and asked what we have learned.

As we come to the end of another very different, if rather strange year there is time to reflect. Most of us have suffered in some way or another personally, professionally or in loss of business; often outcomes too difficult to contemplate. But are there

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Cleaning jobs to escape prostitution in Sweden

31st of December 2021
Cleaning jobs to escape prostitution in Sweden

Scandinavian reporter for ECJ Lotte Printz on a successful, socially responsible cleaning initiative
in Sweden.

What do prostitutes, a policeman and cleaning have in common? Well, read on and it’ll all be clear. This is not a bad dad joke, but a true story from Sweden!

The story begins about eight years ago when Simon Widén, the

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Cleaning business helps to tackle illiteracy

30th of December 2021
Cleaning business helps to tackle illiteracy

French cleaning companies are providing literacy classes for employees, reports Christian Bouzols.

Some 2.5 million people in France are illiterate, which means they haven’t acquired sufficient reading, writing and numeracy skills to manage daily life situations on their own.

About half these people are employed. The cleaning sector is one

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Hygiene misconceptions cleared up

29th of December 2021
Hygiene misconceptions cleared up

Netherlands correspondent John Griep reports from the recent VSR Hygiene Forum where some misconceptions about hygiene were addressed.

“Nowadays, even the chair at the optician is disinfected before the next customer takes his seat. Even though most infections are contracted at home and not in a restaurant or at schools,” said the

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Better use of resources possible in hotels?

24th of December 2021
Better use of resources possible in hotels?

In Germany Katja Scholz looks at cleaning regimes in hotels, and asks if resources could be better used.

I recently spent a week at a spa hotel in the Bavarian Forest. During my stay I became increasingly aware of the hotel’s cleaning routine. Whether in the corridors and hallways, in the rooms, in the lifts, in the restaurant, in the hotel

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