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    The UFI report on sustainability

    This first UFI report on the status of sustainability in the exhibition industry highlights contrasted elements.
    On one side, there is definitely a strong perception that the exhibition industry is concerned with sustainability for each “pillar” i.e. for environmental, economic and social reasons. In addition,

    whereas a few pioneers started implementing sustainability across their organization in the 1990’s, the strongest development appeared to have occurred in the 2008-2010 period and there seems to be a continuous plan of development for the coming years.


    On the other side, many barriers and challenges are expressed, by both companies that have or have not implemented sustainability: the main ones can be summed up in 3 categories:
    •the “lack of awareness / interest / commitment from stakeholders: supply chain or clients or shareholders,
    •the complexity: lack of knowledge of where to start or what to follow, lack of time (to implement significantly), need time before results (solutions are not easy to implement), different entities and/or different national contexts (for large groups)


    •And the cost: “green” products / sustainable initiatives are/appear more expensive
    Another issue also appears to be that sustainability is more difficult to apply in small companies as often systems and processes are less developed than in the large ones.
    “One size does not fit all in the area of sustainability” and all these elements appear valid and, together with the assessment shown in appendix D5, they encourage UFI to pursue its efforts in informing and educating the exhibition industry.


    As mentioned by one company in the survey: “sustainability is an important issue – it is important to keep it on the radar of venues, organizers and suppliers through accessible training and simple to apply systems”. UFI plans to regularly update this report.
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