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| TOPIC nO. 1 The event for the cleaning industry Peter Hartmann | Editor in Chief | peter.hartmann@holzmann-medien.de »Facility services providers walk the talk.« Rising to the challenge ©fotolia.com As the refugee crisis unfolds, the task of integrating migrants is taking on an ever larger scope. Both the body politic and society at large are faced with a major challenge. The facility services trade has long recognized its responsibility and is proving a role model in the way it is addressing the situation. Few other industries are as proactive in integrating people with a migrant background, or offer as many opportunities for education, training and employment. Save Of all the trades, facility services providers are leading the way when it comes to integration. Although robust data is still being collected, it already can be confidently stated that in the date some regions of Germany, albeit mainly in urban centers, the share of foreign workers in the facility cleaning segment alone reaches 50 percent and more. Cleaning contrac- tors with over 100 nationalities represented on their payrolls are not rare. The ‘Willkommenskultur’ – ‘welcome culture’ – of the German facility services trade brings clear benefits. The industry would be a lot poorer without the rich diversity 10 – 11 of cultural backgrounds. In fact, if it weren’t for the skills and work ethos of our col- leagues from abroad, business would in many places actually grind to a halt. Virtually November 2016 every specialized company in our trade experiences an increasing dearth of qualified workers – a situation that is likely to worsen in the coming years. This aspect alone Dresden makes foreign talent indispensable to our industry, if only to continue to enable it to meet evolving customer needs. International “Like no other business sector, ours is kept up and running thanks to so many nationa- lities and cultures coming together,” commented Johannes Bungart, Managing Director Congress Center of the German Federal Building Cleaning Contractors Guild at the outset of the image campaign “Arrived. Accepted.” launched in June of last year. & Albertinum “With the campaign, both the Guild and rationell reinigen have taken a clear stand in support of respect and tolerance, emphatically rejecting xenophobia and social exclu- Order sion. Our industry is making a valuable and meaningful contribution to integration, and that’s something to be proud of,” Thomas Dietrich, Head of the Federal Guild, emphasized. your ticket now That these words are also attached to deeds becomes obvious through the insights shared in the FORUM section of this Global Cleaning issue. If our society as a whole and get an acted more the way facility services providers do, the situation surrounding the refugee crisis would no doubt be much less tense. early bird discount! Yours truly, Peter Hartmann www.zukunftsforum- gebaeudedienste.de GLOBAL CLEANING | ISSUE 2016 3


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