Draft Responsible Property Services Code released

By November 17, 2008News

SHARE and the Atkinson Charitable Foundation are pleased to announce the release of the draft Responsible Property Services Code. The draft Code is the product of a two-year process that brought together a multi-stakeholder group including Canadian investors, property managers, civil society organizations and workers to develop a labour code of conduct for the commercial real estate industry. The draft Code seeks to establish standards for property owners and managers when hiring building service contractors, including maintenance, security and cleaning staff.

SHARE and the Atkinson Foundation are now seeking comments and feedback on the draft Code, which will officially be launched at an event on January 22nd in Toronto.

“The Foundation welcomes the release of the draft Code as the next step in a multi-year process undertaken by the Foundation to work with investors, property managers, unions and civil society groups to improve the working conditions of property service workers,” said Peter Armstrong, President of the Atkinson Foundation.  “This work is in keeping with the legacy of Joseph E. Atkinson, our founder, who fought relentlessly for fairness for workers during the first half of the 20th century.”

“We look forward to stimulating further discussion amongst property owners and managers about the Code and its application in Canada at the formal launch event in January,” said Moira Hutchinson, the Chair of the Working Group that helped develop the Code.

The launch event will also feature the results of a joint research project between SHARE, theResponsible Property Investing Center at Boston College, and the Carleton Center for Community Innovation, which examines the merits and application of responsible contractor policies in the U.S. and Canada. The research examines the impacts of good labour practices on overall property performance, and will help develop an understanding of best practices in Canada and the U.S.

For more information on the research project or on the Code and its application for responsible property investors in Canada, visit SHARE’s Responsible Property Services webpage.