“Partnerships for Sustainability in and after Covid-19” was the theme of the 2021 UFI Sustainable Development Award competition and the jury selected Web Summit as the winner. This recognition highlights the many successful initiatives launched by Web Summit while, as most other events, they had to pivot to virtual events until a return to physical events was possible. Their actions addressed the environmental impact of online events, maximised social impact by supporting communities in need, and used their influence to push sustainable practices with a strong “measure to manage” approach.
The jury also commended the other finalists for their strong entries: The Cape Town International Convention Centre (South Africa), Koelnmesse (Germany) and Stockholmsmässan (Sweden).
Three additional entries were also selected during the first round of the competition as examples for best practices: Caspian Event Organisers (Azerbaijan), ExCeL (UK) and Montecolino (Italy).
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