COVID-19 has changed the rules in the way we run business, re-iterating the need to ensure health and safety as the pandemic plays out. Our commitment towards creating a safe workplace for our employees and preparing a sustainable work environment beyond the pandemic, helped us to achieve Arc Re-entry certification.
When we decided to re-open our workplace for employees during the pandemic, we wanted our return-to-workplace strategies to be implemented with a greater focus on people, providing transparency, and support a safe & confident re-entry to our employees, clients, and suppliers. Hence, to evaluate and follow safety measures against the global COVID-19 pandemic with international standards we went ahead with Arc Re-entry.
The COVID-19 outbreak is an ongoing, developing situation, rapidly changing the facility management & regulatory landscape. In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Arc, an affiliate of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), launched Arc Re-Entry to assist companies with re-entering their buildings and facilities safely during the pandemic.
Arc Re-Entry provides a set of management tools to benchmark infection-control policies and procedures, collect occupant experiences and track indoor air quality within a workplace, thereby allowing the facility owners to transparently provide their occupants a safe and healthy work environment. It uses an iterative process to re-evaluate scores either on a weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis to ensure they continue to perform and improve over time.
The Re-Entry Comprehensiveness Score (3 strategies) provides a comparable measure of the breadth and documentation of facility management policies, occupant experience, and measured indoor air quality.
SIERRA successfully implemented Arc Re-Entry in October 2020 and secured a score of 94% across these 3 strategies: Facility Management (100%), Occupant Observations (90%), and Indoor Air Quality (92%).
Using Arc Re-entry, we created a formal plan for infectious disease control policy and procedure, and conducted surveys, and found that it has increased employee confidence in coming back to work.
We have achieved many certifications and accreditations for our software development centre and we are continuing to establish more standards.
We have registered with the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) for WELL V2™ (WELL Building Standard), the premier global framework for occupant health & well-being in buildings, and we are in the process of certifying our software development centre for the same. We are also one of the first software companies in the world to achieve ISO 41001:2018 FMS certification. We achieved this international standard by fully implementing all the requirements using our flagship product eFACiLiTY® Enterprise Facility Management Software (CAFM/IWMS), an excellent automation tool for the facility management operations so that it gives great confidence to our clients implementing our product.
Our software development centre, eFACiLiTY® Building, Coimbatore is rated as the World’s 2nd Highest Ranking Green Building under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system NC v2009 and India’s Highest Ranking Green Building under the India Green Building Council’s (IGBC) Green New Buildings rating system.