The 2017 UFI Sustainable Development Award


How can the exhibition industry and a country, region or city work together to facilitate sustainable development?


The deadline for entering the competition is now over and the jury is assessing the entries.
Final results will be communicated in May/June 2017 and all best practices selected will then have their entry promoted on this page.
The winner will also be invited to present and receive his award at the 84th UFI Global Congress, held in Sandton, South Africa, in November 2017 .

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Implementing sustainability within the exhibition industry requires many actors to work together – including the local authority where the exhibition is held. Local authorities can play an important role in various actions, from providing public transport for participants and handling waste, to engaging the local community.

This UFI competition is open to exhibition companies who have developed successful initiatives in liaison with their local authority, at city, regional or country level.

The 2017 UFI Sustainable Development Award celebrates initiatives that tackle environmental, social and economic issues with proven successful results. Collaborative entries, involving the local authority or its relevant department (convention bureau for example), are welcome, and replicable approaches and actions will be privileged.


ICT Award

To reward, the best exhibition industry initiatives connected to ICT as they are related to the current competition theme.

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Operations & Services Award

To give exhibition professionals the opportunity to exchange interesting and innovative ideas, concepts, techniques and knowledge to related operations issues.

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