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Knowledge is mostly distributed across a sector and so individual companies cannot rely entirely on their own research, but must instead take advantage of others’ ideas, inventions and processes by buying or licensing them. To do so, may involve considerable risk and financial outlay. Ways of mitigating such risks and costs must be found that safeguard the intellectual property of inventors, whilst stimulating innovation and benefits for the wider community.

Open innovation is one way of encouraging those with ideas and inventions to see their creations properly exploited and rewarded. It is not about intellectual property per se, but the diffusion of innovations enabled by the former. The thinking behind open innovation is that since knowledge and information can be transferred easily it is difficult to prevent, even if that were the aim. Individuals and companies cannot ignore this phenomenon, so they must understand how to take advantage of it.

The Society will promote a policy of open innovation by providing a collaboration platform for individuals and companies wishing to explore and exploit new knowledge, and so share in the risks and rewards. The policy will manifest in a number of ways; for example, the planned Technology Watch programme is aimed at diffusing information on novel processes, products and services. Other initiatives will be announced in due course.

The Facilities Society embraces its social responsibility (SR) to the communities in which it operates and to society at large. The Society and its people have a clear vision for social responsibility.

We act responsibly as a corporate good citizen in local, regional and international communities and in the research, education and research worlds. We help further society and the sustainability of human interests by engaging in, and improving access to, research and protecting our environment and nurturing our colleagues. Our strategy for achieving this vision involves six key initiatives:

  1. Support research that is beneficial to society.
  2. Make research and its results accessible.
  3. Use technology responsibly.
  4. Sustain and protect our environment.
  5. Support local and regional communities.
  6. Observe high ethical standards in business relationships.

Our interest in the environment is elaborated in the Society's environmental policy statement.

Our statement of general health and safety policy is to:

  • provide adequate control of the health and safety risks arising from our work activities;
  • consult with our employees on matters affecting their health and safety;
  • provide and maintain safe plant and equipment;
  • ensure safe handling and use of substances;
  • provide information, instruction and supervision for employees;
  • ensure all employees are competent to do their tasks, and to give them adequate training;
  • prevent accidents and cases of work-related ill health;
  • maintain safe and healthy working conditions; and
  • review and revise this policy as necessary at regular intervals.

The Facilities Society is committed to taking a leading role in minimising the impact of its activities on the environment.

The key points of its strategy to achieve this position are:

  1. Minimise waste by evaluating operations and ensuring they are as efficient as possible.
  2. Minimise toxic emissions through the selection and use of appropriate forms of transportation.
  3. Actively promote recycling internally and amongst its members, clients, customers and suppliers.
  4. Source and promote a product range to minimise the environmental impact of both production and distribution.
  5. Meet or exceed all the environmental legislation that relates to the Society.
  6. Seek an accredited programme to offset the greenhouse gas emissions generated by our activities.

Our concern for the welfare of society at large and our people in particular is described in the Society's social responsibility statement.

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