Our Commitment to Sustainability

Shaping the Food & Health Industry for a sustainable future

Sustainability is not just a buzzword anymore, and its implications stretch far beyond environmental impact. At Fi Europe, sustainability is increasingly important to our attendees and exhibitors, as well as to the market as a whole. Not only are we committed to running our event in an environmentally and socially responsible way, we also want to go further and inspire the sustainable development of the industry we serve. By connecting people with relevant networks and knowledge at our event, we’re helping them to solve some  of the biggest challenges facing the sector to ensure long-term, sustainable growth.  

Fi Europe 2021 has been developed in line with an industry-leading event sustainability programme,
focusing on:

  • Inspiring sustainable development
  • Running an environmentally responsible event
  • Running a socially responsible event 

Our Three Aims:

Innovation

We focus on:

  • Using our content and partnerships to help support the sustainability of the market our event serves.
  • Inspiring our suppliers, exhibitors, and other stakeholders to deliver a sustainable event.

Our efforts include:

  • Facilitating content sessions such as Future of Nutrition Summit, Expo FoodTec Hub and Master Classes, focused on the long-term sustainable development of the industry through addressing current challenges and presenting innovations and opportunities
  • Increased accessibility to a wider audience, while reducing potential travel with the online part of the event and on-demand sessions that can be accessed at a convenient time from anywhere.
  • Fi Europe Innovation Awards include categories like the Sustainability Innovation award and the Diversity & Inclusion Award to highlight best practice and innovative ideas.

Environmental

We focus on:

  • Reducing our event’s carbon emissions.
  • Creating less waste.
  • Considering sustainability credentials of all the items sourced for the event.

Our efforts include:     

  • Fi Europe is powered by 100% renewable energy.
  • All materials used such as carpets, signage & paper is made from recycled material and is recycled or reused when possible.
  • Use of QR codes to access information online in place of printed brochures & flyers at exhibitor stands, as well as to access the digital show catalogue
  • Attendees to Fi Europe can purchase carbon offsets for any flights taken to and from the event.
  • Badges will be electronic at Fi Europe 2021, eliminating the need for printing.
  • All plates and cutlery used at the event has been made from a biodegradable material. Fi Europe supports local food producers who use seasonal and organic ingredients.

Social

We focus on:

  • Doing business safely and ethically 
  • Ensuring our event is a welcoming environment for all
  • Considering wellbeing and accessibility
  • Creating a positive impact on our host cities

Our efforts include: 

  • We ensure health & safety of all onsite through implementing the highest standard.  
  • This year, the Informa AllSecure standards will be in place providing the highest levels of safety & hygiene.
  • We are working with local suppliers and locally owned businesses to ensure positive impact on the local economy.
  • We reduce local traffic congestion through using shuttle buses & encourage the use of public transport.
  • We support & partner with The Hunger Project, sharing our vision of Zero Hunger (#2 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals).

Carbon Offsetting at Fi Europe 2021

Attending an in-person event comes with several advantages including the much-needed face-to-face interaction which fosters trust & confidence and nurturing long-term partnerships. At Fi Europe, we are now offering Carbon Offsetting - a way to compensate for carbon emissions created by taking a flight, by supporting initiatives to reduce, avoid or store the same amount of carbon emissions elsewhere. While registering for Fi Europe, you will be provided with the option to buy carbon offsets to compensate for the emissions produced by your flight.

Read more about Carbon Offsetting here

Fi Europe Charity Partner: The Hunger Project

Imagine a world free from hunger.  Together, we can make it happen. 

As a proud partner of The Hunger Project, Fi Europe is commited to contribute to Zero Hunger – #2 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Hunger Project is an international, non-profit organization committed to a sustainable end to chronic hunger worldwide. Across the globe, their programs empower people to break the poverty cycle themselves. Fi Europe invests financially in their community-led programs and we invite you to join us!

Learn how your company can join our charity partner The Hunger Project and invest in #ZeroHunger: get to know The Hunger Project and donate now

Food ingredients Europe ISO20121 certified sustainable event management system

Our event has been successfully accredited with the prestigious
ISO 20121 Standard for Sustainable Event Management since 2013.

The achievement of this International Standard is an extension
of the event’s pledge to responsible business.

The ISO 20121 Standard focuses on management commitment and
leadership, as well as stakeholder engagement for all aspects of sustainability through the whole supply chain. It recognises a continuing dedication to reduce the environmental impact of the event while increasing the positive impact on communities in which the business operates. 

Sustainability at Informa

Our event is part of Informa Markets and the Informa Group.  Sustainability at Informa focuses on the long term impacts we have on customers, colleagues, the communities we work in and the environment. 

Many of our stakeholders are clearly telling us that sustainability (social, economic and environmental) is something that is no longer a nice to have but a necessary part of any event.  We want to make sure we’re meeting those expectations and we believe that being sustainable is the right thing to do.

We also recognise that it’s not just about the way we produce our events and products but recognizing that we have a role to play in providing a space to work in partnership together with our markets to inspire the sustainable development of the industries we serve.  This is an ongoing process for us and we’re looking for ideas of how we can improve. 

More information about our work so far can be found on the www.informa.com/sustainability including our latest sustainability reports.

Informa and its events have received numerous awards and recognition including:

Contact and share your story

Would you like to work with us on the sustainability of our event? Would you like to share your own story and efforts? Got an idea?

Contact the event team or reach out to Informa’s sustainability team for more information