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The EFCI is the voice of the European cleaning and facility services industry.
We are a federation of national associations of cleaning and facility services industries. We bring together organisations from 15 European countries, representing 240 000 companies employing more than 3,6 million people across Europe.
The EFCI is an international non-profit association and is recognised employer’s organisation and European Social Partner.
THE EUROPEAN CLEANING AND FACILITY SERVICES INDUSTRY
The cleaning and facility services industry represents one of the most important European services industries. It is a labour-intensive industry which plays an essential role in the society by satisfying one of its fundamental needs: hygiene and cleanliness.
Our industry is committed to:
- offering quality services to its customers;
- providing training and stability to its employees;
- integrating in the circular economy and focusing on sustainability;
- innovation and competitiveness.
Industrial cleaning covers the cleaning of offices (which represents half of the market), hygiene of food chains, specialised cleaning services, façade and window-cleaning and the cleaning of schools. Office cleaning represents half of the market for industrial cleaning. They all involve the use of sophisticated equipment as well as specific training for employees.
The diversification of activities towards integrated services and facility management is a reality across the EU. Facility services providers offer, on top of cleaning, a wide range of other support services for organisations, such as catering, transportation, gardening, technical maintenance activities, reception or laundry services.