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UFI releases second edition of report on the exhibition industry’s contribution to UNSDGs

25 cases from 14 countries around the world. Five leading areas of best practices identified. All 17 SDGs are featured, with SDG 12 on Responsible Consumption and Production, the most common submission

GMF news - World Trade Fair Guide. Turin, January 7, 2020 – UFI – the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry – has updated its database of initiatives and projects from the exhibition industry that support the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. This resource showcases work done by organisers, venues, and service providers alike. It was initiated by the UFI Working Group on Sustainability and put together in collaboration with Greenview, a member of this working group. The whole concept was also shared for use by the Joint Meetings Industry Council, to expand the compilation to other segments of the event industry.

The report “The Exhibition Industry and the UN SDGs: Connecting People, Multiplying Impact” is available at where details of the 25 submissions are also available. These submissions cover the following 14 countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, the Netherlands, the UK and the US. Each contribution falls in one of the three following categories:

- Type I: Exhibition Theme: How the theme of the exhibition contributes to the SDGs

- Type II: Exhibition Operation: How the operator of the exhibition contributes to the SDGs

- Type III: Company’s Operations: How a company’s operations contribute to the SDGs.

In this collection of 25 case studies, five leading areas of best practices for the exhibition industry were identified:

- Spreading awareness about SDGs and advancing sustainable industries

- Taking consumption seriously and prioritising local suppliers

- Combating waste with collaborative efforts

- Putting it down in ink – stipulating environmental terms in contracts

- Unveiling the secret to affordable and clean energy

Sixty-eight per cent of submissions cited a contribution to SDG 12 on Responsible Consumption and Production. Actions taken include purchasing from local suppliers where possible, reducing the usage of single-use plastic, reducing food wastage through composting or redistribution.

"Making our industry more sustainable in all aspects of the word is vital not only for our future but is also a moral obligation to the survival of our planet. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals provide a framework where all businesses can show their respective contributions, and UFI is very happy to position the exhibition industry in this exercise,” says UFI President Mary Larkin.

The programme of the UFI 9th Forum on Sustainability, a special UFI event on the issue scheduled in Paris (France) on 13-15 May 2020 will include discussions with experts on UNSDGs.

The detailed programme of the forum with the theme “Event Performance: Economic, Social and Environmental Impacts” is available at

In line with UFI’s mission to develop the industry worldwide, the report is available free of charge. It can be downloaded here:

For more information about UFI initiatives around sustainability, go to or contact

This report is a UFI Sustainable Development driven activity.

Attachment: Visual – Cover ‘The Exhibition Industry and UN SDGs – 2nd Edition

UFI’s Sustainable Development Mission Statement:

UFI represents and serves an industry built on connecting markets and fostering trade for the greater good - an industry built on sustainable development principles. As such, UFI is committed to driving and supporting sustainable development among our global membership and the exhibition industry at large. In line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, UFI has integrated sustainable development initiatives in all of our activities - from events to education, from research to advocacy. Our engagement in providing tangible solutions for sustainable development makes UFI a trusted and viable partner for governments, markets and non-profits.

About UFI – The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry: UFI is the global trade association of the world’s tradeshow organisers and exhibition centre operators, as well as the major national and international exhibition associations, and selected partners of the exhibition industry. UFI’s main goal is to represent, promote and support the business interests of its members and the exhibition industry. UFI directly represents more than 50,000 exhibition industry employees globally, and also works closely with its 60 national and regional association members. More than 800 member organisations in 89 countries around the world are presently signed up as members. Around 1,000 international trade fairs proudly bear the UFI approved label, a quality guarantee for visitors and exhibitors alike. UFI members continue to provide the international business community with a unique marketing media aimed at developing outstanding face-to-face business opportunities.

For more information, please contact:

UFI Headquarters,

Justine Evans, UFI Marketing and Communications Manager

Tel: +33 (0)1 46 39 75 00

07/01/2020 - 10.55.05

fonte: Justine Evans

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