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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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|