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A sustainable event

Putting sustainability first

What's in this guide

01 Inspiring sustainable development

02 Running an environmentally responsible event

03 Running a socially responsable event

04 Be a sustainable attendee

05 Being a sustainable exhibitor

Inspiring sustainable development

Through our community, purposeful partnership and meaningful content, we provide the tools for all the stakeholders to put the planet first.



1 Providing content that enables sustainable development

2 Sharing best practices with our stakeholders

3 Developing market relevant partnerships

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Running an environmentally responsible event

All elements sourced from our supply chain must adhere to sustainability standards. We are dedicated to annually reducing our emissions and waste.



1 Reducing our event’s carbon emissions

2 Creating less waste

3 Considering sustainability credentials of the items sourced for the event

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Running a socially responsible event

Make our events inclusive and diverse is core prioritary. By champion local businesses, we make a positive impact in our host cities.



1 Doing business safely and ethically

2 Considering wellbeing and accessibility

3 Supporting local businesses

Attendees at Fi Africa
Being a sustainable attendee

Doing your bit for sustainability takes a few simple steps.

Sustainability guidelines
Answers to some of the most common queries
Travel green

  • Reduce your carbon footprint by making use of the public transport to and from the event
  • If you are travelling by plane, make sure to offset the flight
  • Book a hotel in the proximity of the venue to
    reduce your environmental impact

Go digital

  • Be aware of the waste that you are generating onsite
  • Get exhibitors to share their collateral with you digitally to avoid a lot of paper waste
  • Use a reusable coffee cup at any of the catering outlets around the venue

Reduce waste

As well as creating a safe environment for all, your wellbeing needs to be prioritised, especially during long online sessions. Take a walk and stretch in between sessions and try to conserve energy on your devices.

Carbon offsetting
Improve the environmental impact of your journey
How does carbon offsetting work?

Carbon offsetting is when you compensate for the carbon emissions from your flights by paying to support a carbon saving project elsewhere, of an equivalent value.

Purchasing a carbon offset might fund initiatives that help others to reduce their carbon use or avoid generating emissions, or projects that help remove carbon dioxide from the environment.

How can I offset my emissions?

To offset your carbon emissions, you can start by calculating your carbon footprints. You can then choose an offset provider such as the ones listed below that can effectively offset your carbon emission. Additionally, you can support initiatives that invest in green and social projects such as community gardens, energy savings and improving living conditions.

Gold Standard

Carbon Footprint

Are there other ways to travel more sustainably?

There are many ways to travel in a more sustainable manner. Where available and practical, travelling by train is a low carbon option.

When flying, taking a direct flight and choosing airlines that are highly related for sustainability practices will minimise the emissions generated.

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Being a sustainable exhibitor

Waste reduction by removing single-use stands from our event.

Sustainability guidelines
Answers to some of the most common queries
Stand build & design

  • When you contract a stand designer/builder for the event, are you thinking about the following?
  • Can your stand be re-used at other events you attend?
  • How can the stand waste be minimized?
  • Are they aware and compliant with the Health & Safety regulations?
  • Do you know who the end company building your stand is? Are they compliant?
  • Can you reduce the stand build time by having pre-fabricated build & save money?
  • How can you lower your environmental impact by checking their shipping method?

Travel green

Reduce your carbon footprint by making use of the public transport to and from the event

Event promotional collateral

  • Reduce your paper output by switching to digital alternatives
  • If you do need to print or have promotional materials produced, make sure they are made from eco-friendly sources


Promote your company’s and products sustainability credentials – let visitors know what you are doing to support the food manufacturing industry

Fi Africa 2023
Sustainability report
Here’s a look back at the many ways our 2023 event inspired sustainable development and the key ways in which we ran an environmentally and a socially responsible event.