BIFM members have approved proposals to change its name from the British Institution of Facilities Management to the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management.
The name change had been proposed by the board in March. The BIFM had published a 'Manifesto for Change', which set out the view that the focus and workplace and facilities management is an opportunity to reposition what FMs do. Members voted to approve the resolution at the BIFM’s annual general meeting on July 5th, 2018.
The result follows four months of campaigning for change by BIFM. The proposals were first announced on March 1 and prompted significant debate among facilities managers. Some objected to the loss of the ‘British’ identity, while others saw the addition of the word ‘Workplace’ as an attempt to jump on a bandwagon by adopting a currently fashionable term.
The BIFM, which is this year marking its 25th anniversary, hopes to complete rebranding by the end of 2018. It will also being the process of applying to become a chartered body.