UN SDG Reporting

What are the UN SDGs and why are they important?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a call to action by all countries to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The 17 goals address the global challenges that we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, economic prosperity, and justice. The aim is to achieve all 17 goals and their accompanied targets by 2030, and businesses play a crucial role in ensuring this success.

Where can I learn more about the SDGs: Visit the official website for more information here.

How the exhibition industry can contribute to the SDGs? The industry has huge scale as each exhibition reaches tens of thousands of people. Exhibitions encompass all sectors of business, government, and civil society, and a large value chain of partners and stakeholders come together to put the exhibition together. With such a wide audience and reach, the exhibition industry can have meaningful collective impact. The SDGs are touched in many different ways: Through an exhibition’s theme, the way it is organized and operationalized, and the way it is supported by its suppliers and partners.

What is UFI doing in this initiative to support that? UFI is gathering best practices to spread awareness of the SDGs and how the industry players are contributing to catalyze a sustainable future for all. UFI will provide an online searchable database for free. The new UFI SDG database will aim to launch in April/May, prior to the Global Exhibitions Day.

How can you contribute? You can demonstrate how your initiative contributes to the SDGs by being a part of this unprecedented database and highlighting your best practices.

Why participate?
1.    Opportunity to learn more about the SDGs
2.    Recognized for contributions to SDGs
3.    UFI will edit and systemize entries to ensure that they are relevant to the database.

UN SDGs Online Activity Reporting Tool
The tool is dedicated to collecting and sharing best practices in the industry that contribute to the SDGs and three templates were proposed:

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 own operations contribute to the SDGs

A first series of 20 initiatives were collected until early May 2019 – see table below – and a summary was released on 5 June 2019 / Global Exhibitions Day. To access this summary, click here. A second collection phase is now open. Please contact chris@ufi.org if you plan to take part.


No Activity type Activity title Location SDGs Organization Headquarters
1 III – Company’s Operations Sustainability reporting for SDGs Global 3, 4, 9, 13, 16 Reed Exhibitions UK
2 I – Exhibition Theme Plastic waste display France 12, 14 Reed Expositions France France
3 I – Exhibition Theme AfricaCom South Africa 1, 8, 9 Informa UK
4 I – Exhibition Theme Futurecom Brazil 1, 4, 8, 10 Informa UK
5 II – Exhibition Operation International Book Fair of Guadalajara Mexico 12, 13 Impact0 Mexico
6 III – Company’s Operations Feeding Your Performance Australia 3, 8, 11, 12, 17 ICC Sydney Australia
7 III – Company’s Operations Legacy program Australia 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 17 ICC Sydney Australia
8 III – Company’s Operations Celebrating First Nations Cultures Australia 8, 10, 17 ICC Sydney Australia
9 III – Company’s Operations Heartwarming Amsterdam The Netherlands 2, 12 RAI Amsterdam The Netherlands
10 I – Exhibition Theme Neonyt Germany 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 Messe Frankfurt Germany
11 III – Company’s Operations Sustainability reporting Global 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17 Messe Frankfurt Germany
12 III – Company’s Operations Melbourne Renewable Energy Project Australia 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 17 Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Australia
13 III – Company’s Operations Responsible Seafood at Marina Bay Sands Singapore/Malaysia 2, 8, 9, 12, 14, 17 Marina Bay Sands Singapore
14 III – Company’s Operations District Energy System Canada 7, 9, 11, 17 Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place Canada
15 III – Company’s Operations Think Green Global 8, 11, 12, 13 GL Events France
16 III – Company’s Operations Think Local Global 8, 11, 12, 13 GL Events France
17 III – Company’s Operations Think People Global 8, 10, 11, 12 GL Events France
18 III – Company’s Operations The Oregon Convention Center’s Waste Diversion Policy USA 2, 9, 11, 12, 17 Oregon Convention Center USA
19 III – Company’s Operations HML “Think Before Plastic” Campaign China 12 Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited China
20 II – Exhibition Operations Ecodesign Program For Exhibition Stands India 8 Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association India
21 III – Company’s Operations Cobo Tech Initiative USA 3, 9, 11, 12, 13, 17 Cobo Center USA
22 III – Company’s Operations Cobo Cares Initiative USA 1, 5, 8, 16, 17 Cobo Center USA
23 III – Company’s Operations Cobo Green Initiative USA 2, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 17 Cobo Center USA
24 II – Exhibition Operations Horecava The Netherlands 12, 17 RAI Amsterdam The Netherlands
25 III – Company’s Operations Energy Management System Sweden 7, 13 Svenska Mässan koncernen / The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Group Sweden