Mission & Activities
The EFCI is the voice of the European cleaning and facility services industry in Europe.
It brings together 14 associations representing the industry at national level, employing over 4.2 million people in more than 297,000 companies. EFCI’s members represent the companies whose activities are listed under NACE code 81.2: “Cleaning activities”.
EFCI’s core objectives are:
- To communicate the industry’s needs and priorities to the policy makers at the EU level and in the European Social Dialogue.
- To promote the industry and enhance the sector’s competitiveness and image.
- To foster the exchange of information among EFCI Members and to facilitate capacity building.
- To organise and implement actions and projects at European level (on subjects such as responsible procurement, promotion of services’ quality and of vocational training).
The EFCI is an international non-profit association and is the recognised Social Partner by the European Commission for the sector. It is the employer’s representative in the European Social Dialogue for Industrial Cleaning, where common projects are developed together with UNI Europa.
EFCI’s 2018-2020 Activity Report provides a complete overview of EFCI’s policy work, advocacy initiatives, campaigns, projects and events undertaken during the last two years to advance towards our objectives.
EFCI’s Network and Partner Organisations
The European Business Services Alliance (EBSA) brings together 9 European associations within the business services sector. The EBSA works for the recognition of the business services industry at the European level and promotes the convergence of views and positions within the sector. The EFCI is one of its active members and Isabel Yglesias (EFCI’s Director) is EBSA’s Vice-Chair. EFCI’s collaboration with the EBSA focuses mainly on public procurement, internal market for services, standarisation and sustainability.
The EFCI is an active member of the European Employers Network (EEN) under the coordination of BusinessEurope. The network aims at fostering enhanced coordination and exchange of information among European sectorial employers’ organisations.
The EFCI is an observer member of the European Platform Tackling Undeclared Work (UWP)Among others, the EFCI actively supports the working group on the future Platform work programme and participated in the conception and development of the #EU4FairWork campaign, aiming at raising awareness about the benefits of declared work.
The EFCI is an observer member of the European Ecolabelling Board (EUEB). The EUEB is the central body of the EU Ecolabel award scheme, meeting thrice a year to discuss the main EU Ecolabelling policy, possible new Ecolabels and the revision of existing ones. The EFCI is therefore able to follow and contribute to the development of EU ecolabels affecting the sector, as part of its work to accompany the sector in the transition towards the highest sustainability standards.
EFCI’s members carry forward the activities listed under NACE code 81.2 Cleaning activities.
Industrial cleaning covers specialised cleaning services such as cleaning of offices, hygiene of food chains, façade and window-cleaning as well as the cleaning of schools and infrastructures. All these activities involve the use of sophisticated equipment as well as specific training for employees.
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.
The cleaning and facility services 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.
EFCI’s members are national employer organisations from the cleaning industry in Europe. They represent the interests of cleaning and facility services companies in their respective country. They are often also responsible of collective bargaining at the sector level.
How to become a member?
EFCI’s membership is open to the most representative professional organisation (national or regional) of cleaning and facility services companies based on the definition of the NACE Code 81.2.
If you are interested in applying for membership, please contact EFCI Secretariat. If you are a company in a country where the sector has no professional organisation, please consider membership to the EFCI’s Circle.
EFCI Circle is a platform to exchange information and expertise in the industrial cleaning sector at European level. The Circle enables its members to foster reflections and to anticipate major changes of the cleaning industry in Europe as part of a network of key sectoral stakeholders.
The Circle is open to all cleaning contractors established in a European country (EU or non EU member) It is also open to any organisation having a direct link to the sector such as training centres, technical and professional study centres, institutes for risks prevention and others.
The various Circle membership opportunities offer a variety of benefits to its members, from featuring their logos in EFCI’s website, EFCI public materials and EFCI’s newsletter, to exclusive participation to EFCI’s European conferences and networking events and access to EFCI’s member’s monthly newsletter.
General Assembly, Board of Directors and Bureau
The EFCI operates through its General Assembly, Board of Directors and its Bureau.
- The General Assembly is the governing body of the EFCI. It brings all members together once a year to decide on all issues affecting the Federation.
- The Board of Directors is the executive body of the Federation, meeting on average three times per year.
- The Bureau is the permanent body of the EFCI. It takes decisions to prepare and /or implement the resolutions of the Board of Directors.
For the period 2022 – 2025, the Board of Directors is composed of:
Lorenzo Mattioli (ANIP-Confindustria, IT) is the President of the EFCI for the period 2022-2024. He is the President of ANIP-Confindustria, the Italian association of cleaning services companies, and of Confindustria Servizi HCFS. Lorenzo Mattioli brings an experience of over 20 years in the facility services sector, as well as a commitment to social dialogue, the recognition of the service and its representation at political level.
Juan Díez de los Ríos
(Finnish Real Estate Employers, FI)
The Committees provide a forum for members to address topics of common interest. They involve representatives and experts from the EFCI members and their activities are led by an elected chairperson from any member organisation, supported and coordinated by the Secretariat.
The Economic Affairs Committee
Is in charge of identifying new market developments and developing EFCI’s Survey through the collection of the main economic and social indicators of the sector. The Committee also works on public procurement issues.
The Social Affairs and Vocational Training Committee (“SAVET”)
Is responsible for the monitoring of European social policies, including vocational training. It prepares and participates actively in the European Social Dialogue. The most recent project developed by the Committee is the ‘Selecting Best Value’ Guide.
The Technical, Innovation and Quality Committee
Is in charge of issues related to sustainability and circular economy (like the EU Ecolabel for indoor cleaning services), standardisation in the cleaning sector and innovation in the industry.
The Secretariat is responsible for the day-to-day running of the association and coordinates EFCI’s activities. The Secretariat is based in Brussels, at the heart of the European affairs district.