IFMA and DFM Form Long-term Partnership

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

The long-term cooperation aims to strengthen and expand the global network of FM professionals and support FM interests in Denmark and within the EU.

HOUSTON, TEXAS, USA – (Dec. 1, 2020) – The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and the Dansk Facilities Management network (DFM) have agreed to a formal partnership to combine strengths and improve the position of facility management (FM) throughout Denmark and the European Union (EU). Jointly, IFMA and DFM seek to promote and position FM as a strategic domain within organizations through research, networking, knowledge sharing and FM education.

Pictured left to right: Laura Lindahl, DFM Managing Director; Peter Ankerstjerne, IFMA Chair

“The IFMA/DFM partnership allows each organization to do what they do best, collaborating to advance the FM discipline globally and provide individual practitioners with increased resources to benefit professional advancement,” said IFMA Chair Peter Ankerstjerne. “I’m delighted to bring IFMA together with the FM association from my own country. I believe this agreement sets a new standard for collaborating with regional FM associations around the world.”

DFM will become an IFMA Global Training Affiliate (GTA) for IFMA’s globally recognized and industry-respected credential programs – Facility Management Professional™ (FMP®), Sustainability Facility Professional® (SFP®) and Certified Facility Manager® (CFM®). As a GTA, DFM can offer FM’s local courses taught by IFMA Qualified Instructors.

The cooperative partnership will also magnify IFMA’s Workplace Evolutionaries (WE) Community Denmark Hub,offering distinct advantages to local members. The WE community connects multidisciplined professionals worldwide to focus on topics key to workplace evolution and transformation. With its knowledge of the local market, DFM will manage WE’s Denmark Hub, which includes hosting annual membership meetings and managing membership communications based on WE input.

“Through our collaboration with IFMA, we will offer our members a broader international perspective on facility management,” said DFM President Laura Lindahl.

DFM members will receive a limited IFMA membership, which includes access to online publications such as IFMA’s FMJ Magazine, the association’s online Knowledge Library, two members-only e-newsletters, discounted event pricing, networking opportunities with IFMA European chapters and more. IFMA EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Director Lara Paemen will serve as liaison between the two organizations.

More information will become available on the IFMA Europe website at and the DFM website at

About IFMA

The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting more than 23,000 members in more than 100 countries. Together they manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$526 billion in products and services. IFMA Europe brings the association’s educational offerings, credentialing programs, industry research, networking events and knowledge sharing directly to members in the EU. IFMA has chapters in 12 European countries. Visit To join and follow IFMA’s social media outlets, visit the association’s LinkedInTwitter, FacebookYouTubeFlickr and Instagram pages. For more information, visit

About DFM

Established in 1991, Dansk Facilities Management network is the only forum for facilities management in Denmark, bringing together operators, advisors and suppliers. DFM network acts as a link between members and professional FM knowledge of FM. Association members represent a wide range of industries and businesses. The broad composition of membership provides opportunities to establish networks for the exchange of experience, debates and discussion of specific issues. Members are distributed across both public and private companies of all sizes. Learn more at or visit the association’s Facebook page at