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Apply now to attend the 22nd WFBSC Congress


Apply now to attend the 22nd WFBSC Congress

World Federation of Building Cleaning Contractors holds its conference parallel with the International Cleaning Trade Fair CMS 2017 in Berlin for the first time – Preliminary programme with prominent speakers – Registration available at a preferential rate until 27 July 2017

Berlin will be the world capital of building cleaning this September. From 18 to 20 September 2017 the World Federation of Building Service Contractors (WFBSC) will be meeting parallel with the international cleaning trade fair CMS Berlin 2017 – Cleaning.Management.Services (19 – 22 Sept.) for the first time. The keynote subject of the world’s pre-eminent conference for the industry is ‘Cleaning in a Digital World – Processes, People, Technology’. Among the subjects under discussion will be the importance and impact of digitisation on business and society in the commercial cleaning sector, and the future challenges facing the industry. The influences on people – staff and customers alike – and automation will provide the main focus for the programme of papers. The venue is Hall 7 on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds (Berlin ExpoCenter City). The WFBSC Congress will be opened by the EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger.

The 22nd WFBSC Congress will be bringing decision-makers from the cleaning sector all over the world to Berlin to exchange ideas and information, and is another reason why the CMS 2017 will be attracting outstanding trade visitors. For its participants the World Federation’s congress is also an opportunity to use the impressions gained at the CMS 2017, along with the up-to-date information about the industry that it provides, to engage in selective discussions with the world’s leading suppliers. It will also enable them to examine the latest trends and developments concerning all aspects of building management and services.

The various events accompanying the congress will provide ample opportunities for networking with business partners and others in the industry. They include the inaugural reception (17 Sept. 2017, Pavilion, Hotel InterContinental), a boat trip on the River  Spree (18 Sept. 2017), the Sponsors’ Evening (18 Sept. 2017, Wasserwerk), the CMS17 Evening (19 Sept. 2017) and the Gala Dinner (20 Sept. 2017, Palais am Funkturm).

Registration for the 22nd WFBSC Congress is available at a preferential rate until 27 July 2017. The participation fee for the congress is 1,200 euros (incl. 19% VAT), and 550 euros (incl. 19% VAT) for accompanying persons. For applications received after 27 July 2017 the fees will be 1,500 and 600 euros respectively. For applications and information: www.wfbsc2017.berlin.

Summary of the preliminary programme of the WFBSC Congress 

Monday, 18 September 2017

9 – 10.45 a.m.: Opening ceremony

Thomas Dietrich, President of the WFBSC and of the Federal Guild Association of the Cleaning Trade BIV. Günther Oettinger, EU Commissioner, Budget and Human Resources. Ramona Pop, Mayor of Berlin and Senator for Economics, Energy and Enterprises, Yvan Fieremans, President EFCI, European Federation of Cleaning Industries, President UGBN, General Union of the Belgian Cleaning Sector.

11.30 a.m. – 12 midday: Keynote speech ‘Leadership for a New Age’, Anja Förster, Entrepreneur

12 – 12.45 p.m.: Keynote speech ‘Opportunities and Risks of Digital Networking’ Daniel Domscheit-Berg, information technology graduate specialising in IT security

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

9.30 – 10.30 a.m.: Premium sponsor’s paper ‘Digital Cleaning – Myth or Reality?’ Dr. Ilham Kadri, President, Diversey Care Division, Sealed Air Corporation.

10.30 – 11.15 a.m.: Paper ‘Effects of Digitisation on Working Conditions in the Service Sector’

Guy Ryder, Secretary General, ILO (tbc)

11.45 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.: Paper ‘Internet of Things: Game Changer in FM Services’. Steven Lambert, COO and Partner, MCS.

12.30 – 1 p.m.: Pro – Contra Session ‘Service Platforms: Challenge for the Industry’. Sven Hock, founder of the platform Service Partner ONE, Johannes Bungart, Director of the Federal Guild Association of the Cleaning Trade

2.30 – 3.15 p.m.: Paper ‘Thank Your Cleaner Day’. Lillian Small, Chief Executive Officer | Building Service Contractors New Zealand.

3.15 – 5 p.m.: Panel discussion by the Gold sponsors ‘Digitisation from the Viewpoint of our Business Partners’. Paul Church, Business and Market Development Director, Tork. Bryan Maser, Vice President Marketing, Institutional Europe Ecolab Europe GmbH. Paul Roche, Business Transformation Manager, INPACS / Network. Frank Vancraeyveld, Head of Division, Professional Werner & Mertz Group, Chief Executive Officer, Tana-Chemie GmbH.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

9.30 – 10.30 a.m.: Premium sponsors’ paper ‘From Static, Experience-Based Cleaning to Dynamic, Knowledge-Based Cleaning’ Markus Asch, Deputy Chairman Board of Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG, Germany.

10.30 – 11 a.m.: Paper ‘Building Automation’ (tbc)

11.30 a.m.  – 12 midday: Paper ‘The Watson Project’. Jeff Gravenhorst, Group CEO ISS (tbc)

12 – 12.30 p.m.: Keynote speech  ‘Transforming the Cleaning Industry – Strategies and Practices in the Digital Age’. Dr. Willms Buhse,  CEO and founder of doubleYUU.

12.30 – 2 p.m.: Panel discussion by building cleaners ‘Challenges from Technology and Transparency – Digital Strategies for BSC’. With, among others, Claude Bigras, President and CEO of GDI Integrated Facility Services, Thomas Dietrich, President of the WFBSC and of the Federal Guild Association of the Cleaning Trade, BIV. Stan Doobin, President and majority owner of Harvard, Jeff Gravenhorst, Group CEO ISS (tbc), Christian Kloevekorn, member of the board of Gegenbauer Holding SE & Co. KG in Berlin. In the chair: Dr. Willms Buhse, CEO and founder of doubleYUU

2 – 2 .30 p.m.: Closing ceremony