Quality marks and codes in the Netherlands

21st of June 2013
Quality marks and codes in the Netherlands

ECJ’s correspondent in the Netherlands Nico Lemmens takes a look at the plethora of quality marks and responsible conduct codes flooding the Dutch cleaning market.

The Dutch facility services sector is flooded with quality marks and codes of responsible conduct. The Code of Responsible Market Conduct in the Dutch cleaning industry has been

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Economic crisis stifles cleaning sector in Spain

17th of May 2013
Economic crisis stifles cleaning sector in Spain

Juan Díez de los Ríos, president of the Professional Association of Cleaning Companies (ASPEL), writes exclusively for ECJ about the professional cleaning sector in Spain as part of our series focusing on the major countries of Europe.

The economic crisis which is still gripping Spain, together with the complex Spanish employment

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Impact of new legislation?

14th of May 2013
Impact of new legislation?

Legislation and how it will impact on business is on the minds of building service contractors in the United States - writes Ron Segura.

Legislation and how it will impact on the cleaning sector is currently on the minds of United States cleaning contractors. Some are wondering about the impact it will have on the operations of their companies.

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Living Wage debate

14th of May 2013
Living Wage debate

ECJ’s correspondent in the UK examines the issue of the Living Wage, which has been subject of much discussion lately and directly affects cleaners.

The Living Wage issue has occupied many column inches recently without providing very much in the way of clarity beyond a feeling that cleaning operatives are not rewarded sufficiently well for

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Cleaning on a new level

14th of May 2013
Cleaning on a new level

German reporter Thomas Schulte-Marxloh brings news of latest sustainability initiatives in the sector.

It is hard for ‘sustainability’. It is a nice little word, no doubt, neither a beauty, nor a monster. However it has to compete with terms like ‘economy’, ‘growth’, ‘maintenance free’,

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Sustainable contracts

13th of May 2013
Sustainable contracts

Italian correspondent Anna Garbagna reports from a recent round table in Rome for the cleaning sector.

The round table Environmental Criteria in Cleaning Services – Comparing Experiences took place recently in Rome - organised by cleaning association ANIP at the suggestion of the Ministry of Environment, as part of the programme for

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