ISSA & IFMA Expand Relationship to Support Commercial Cleaning & Facility Maintenance Industries

September 22, 2021 ISSA & IFMA Expand Relationship to Support Commercial Cleaning & Facility Maintenance Industries

ISSA, the International Facility Management Association™ (IFMA), and Informa Markets today announced a partnership to best serve the global cleaning and facility management industries. The partnership will provide increased value to each association’s membership and encourage key connections through discounted rates to attend both association’s leading tradeshows: IFMA World Workplace and ISSA Show North America.

“IFMA is the world’s most widely recognized association for facility management professionals, so we are thrilled to combine their reach and capabilities with those of ISSA,” said ISSA Executive Director John Barrett. “Due to the current state of our industries, it was a no brainer to team up and provide our diverse membership base with new opportunities and change the way the world views cleaning.”

The ISSA-IFMA partnership supports the following events:

  • IFMA’s World Workplace, October 26-28, 2021 in Kissimmee, FL – Hosted by IFMA, this event has been the gold standard in facility management education, knowledge exchange, career development, and professional network building for over 40 years. Taking place in at the Gaylord Palms Resort, the event is for professionals who support the built environment and features 200 exhibitors in 120,000 square feet of exhibit space. More than 4,000 people attend each year to experience keynote speakers, education sessions, facility tours, deeper dive sessions, and IFMA courses.
  • ISSA Show North America, November 15-18, 2021 in Las Vegas – As the commercial cleaning industry’s largest event for top-tier education, networking, and product discovery, ISSA Show North America connects the full supply chain of manufacturers, distributors, and end users and attracts 16,000 attendees annually. Produced by Informa Markets and ISSA, this year’s event is hosted at the Las Vegas Convention Center, a GBAC STAR™ Accredited Facility, which features more than 550 exhibitors in 250,000 square feet of exhibit space, 60 education sessions, an innovation showcase, spotlight power panel and workshops, and more.

The partnership will include a cross-marketing communications and promotions plan along with association-hosted education, representation through booth space, and discounts for each association’s members at both events. IFMA and ISSA will also partner to deliver content to the facility management market during ISSA Show North America’s Preview Week, a series of 10 webinars taking place October 4–8, 2021.

“Over the past year and a half, facility managers have relied on the cleaning industry to guide and support their buildings and team members through this challenging time. We felt partnering with ISSA was the best way to connect our membership to the latest cleaning innovations and solutions,” said Don Gilpin, IFMA president and CEO. “Both ISSA and IFMA members benefit greatly from this partnership, and we look forward to the many opportunities ahead.”

The partnership also has global benefits through Informa Market’s Global Portfolio of events:

  • Both ISSA and IFMA will be participating in Informa Market’s Abastur (hospitality) and Expo Med (healthcare) co-located events September 29-October 1, 2021 in Mexico City. The presence includes an ISSA Pavilion, shared partner booth space, industry talks hosted in the booth space, a happy hour on the show floor, and three full days of ISSA-hosted educational workshops.
  • Planning is also underway for IFMA to join existing partnerships in India through the ISSA Conference taking place October 21-22, 2021 in Mumbai, India and in an ISSA Pavilion within Informa Market’s China Clean Expo, taking place March 29-April 1, 2022, in Shanghai.

“We’re excited to expand our partnership domestically and internationally to span four countries and two continents” said Lindsay Roberts, Group Director, Informa Markets US. “By leveraging the strength of both associations and Informa Markets, we are well positioned to scale events, experiences, and member benefits internationally.”

Hear from ISSA and IFMA executive leadership about the global partnership expansion.

About ISSA Show North America
The ISSA Show North America exhibition and conference brings together executives and leaders from all segments of the commercial and residential cleaning industries. This annual event is produced in partnership by Informa Markets and ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, and is the leading platform for manufacturers, distributors, and facility service providers to connect, do business, and share information. In addition to an expansive exhibit hall, the show offers a robust education program where attendees learn the latest trends from industry experts, discuss best practices with peers, and earn technical training and professional certification. For more information, visit

 About IFMA’s World Workplace®
Nothing compares to IFMA’s World Workplace. As the original all-encompassing learning and networking event on facilities and how to manage them, World Workplace remains the gold standard in facility management (FM) education, knowledge exchange, career development and professional network building.

IFMA’s World Workplace has been leading groundbreaking discussions and discoveries related to FM and the built environment for over 40 years. Hosted by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), World Workplace facilitates idea sharing and best-practice exchange between all professionals who support the built environment.

About IFMA
Founded in 1980, the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) is the world’s largest association for facility management professionals, supporting over 20,000 members in more than 100 countries. This diverse membership participates in focused component groups equipped to address their unique situations by region (139 chapters), industry (16 councils) and areas of interest (six communities). Together, members manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$526 billion in products and services.  

IFMA is a key contributor to the development of international FM standards and works with decision makers globally to inform and shape FM-related policy. IFMA provides career resources and continuing education, offers three industry-respected credentials, maintains the largest repository of FM-related content on the web and hosts year-round global events.