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"RICS Sets new standards: driving sustainability & enhancing member experience

In a recent update from Justin Young, CEO of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), several key initiatives and updates were shared, highlighting the organisation's commitment to sustainability and member engagement.


RICS Sets new standards: driving sustainability & enhancing member experience

RICS is set to participate in the UN Environment Programme’s forum on buildings and climate in Paris on March 7-8, 2024. "We’ll be advocating for our Whole Life Carbon Assessment (WLCA) standards as a basis for an internationally-agreed measurement standard," Young stated, emphasising the profession's role in supporting the global ambition to achieve net zero.

In addition to its sustainability efforts, RICS has launched a new online Communications Centre, allowing members to customise their email preferences for a better engagement experience. This development follows member feedback and is part of the strategic goal to enhance member value outlined in the 'Future Foundations' strategy.

Further, Young announced the forthcoming publication of the new Residential Retrofit Standard, designed to support RICS members in providing home retrofit surveys and advice on energy efficiency improvements. This initiative aims to open new business opportunities for members in the residential property sector.


Addressing another strategic area, RICS has released new guidance on Rule 4 of the RICS Rules of Conduct, focusing on respect, diversity, and inclusion. Developed with input from members and DEI experts, the guidance, titled 'Developing an Inclusive Culture,' offers best practices on inclusive policies, recruitment, and culture. This effort aligns with RICS's commitment to enhancing diversity within the profession, especially important as the industry faces a global surveyor shortage.


Coinciding with Women’s History Month, RICS is also championing women in the profession through various events and discussions aimed at accelerating progress and enhancing opportunities for women.


Finally, Young highlighted the release of RICS's latest Quarterly Global Performance report for the last quarter of 2023, which provides an overview of the organisation's operational performance and member engagement. With more than 2,000 members attending RICS events early in the year and over 400 events planned across 44 countries, the report underscores the growing engagement and feedback from the RICS community.

These updates reflect RICS's ongoing efforts to support its members and contribute to global sustainability goals, with a clear focus on transparency, member engagement, and inclusivity.

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