Paris—UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has released its “Best Practices in Sustainability” report that showcases winning and shortlisted entries for sustainability awards.
The report compiles 41 cases from 19 countries. It covers six themes: strategy, reporting, environmental initiatives, measurement tools, innovative cost-saving in the value chain and actions to engage participants.
The report was made possible with financial support from UBM plc, a London-based business-to-business events organizer, along with editing support from Greenview.
“Sustainability is one of the central tenets of who we are,” said Mark Peters, UBM Group Company Secretary. “To promote long term profitability, UBM aims to be a leader in sustainable business, aligning key business decisions with our sustainability strategy. This strategy has five areas of focus: people, communities, environment, customers and governance. They are aided by the work of the Sustainability Leadership Group. We are focused on achieving our long-term sustainability goals. ”
Kai Hattendorf, UFI Managing Director, said, “Sustainability is an important issue for the exhibition industry, and we believe that this compilation will assist many new companies when they develop their actions in this area.”
UFI also announced the theme of its 2017 UFI Sustainable Development Award competition.
The competition is called the “Best destination approach to implementing sustainability: how can the exhibition industry and a country, a region or a city work together to facilitate development?”
The 2017 award is designed to recognize initiatives that combine the efforts of a destination, including a city, a region, or a country, in partnership with a professional exhibition operator (venue and/or organizer) to implement sustainability around an individual exhibition or a series of events.