As a leading organiser of events around the world we aim for excellence by conducting our business operations in a sustainable manner. At our events we strive to raise awareness of sustainability issues among our suppliers,our customers and the owners of the venues we use.
Building on our success in achieving BS8901 accreditation for three of our events, during 2012 we became one of the first global companies to achieve the third party accreditation of ISO20121 standard for Sustainable Event Management for:
- Business4Better UK, CPhI Worldwide, Fi Europe, Hi Europe/NI/NuW and the Protection and Management Series (IFSEC, Facilities Show, Safety & Health Expo and Firex), as well as UBM’s Amsterdam office.
We also have systems in place to minimise negative impacts of our business activities. These include clear objectives and targets relating to reducing energy usage, water usage and waste; training for employees; promoting health and safety of employees, exhibitors and visitors; promoting sustainability in the stakeholder supply chain; monitoring the sustainability performance of suppliers and contractors; ensuring that sufficient resources have been allocated to meet our commitments. In 2012 we appointed an Event Sustainability Champion within our operations teams in each key region of USA, EMEA and Asia. Their responsibility is to share knowledge, to monitor sustainability development at our events and to propose, manage and deliver new initiatives.
UBM Live Amsterdam was recognised in September 2012 by UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, for its systems management approach to sustainable development.
“UBM Live has demonstrated an unusual understanding of what Sustainability is and how to embed it in its organisation, considering all the Sustainability pillars in a balanced and holistic way. A truly inspiring example for the Events Industry!”
We offer complimentary or discounted services to not-for-profit entities:
- In June 2012, PR Newswire waived fees for all news releases from organisations offering aid to victims of the Colorado fires, worth $10,200
- PR Newswire continued its long-standing support for the Clinton Global Initiative Conference by providing complimentary news releases to all charities and NGOs declaring commitments at the 2012 Conference, worth £45,000
- Via its partnership with 3BLmedia, PR Newswire provided expanded distribution to media, analysts and stakeholders to any PR Newswire member that has a CSR or Sustainability communication initiative
We also donate computer and other equipment to schools, and at our events we donate stands to NGOs to enable them to get closer to specific industries. Our events in the US coordinate with venues and local not-for-profit agencies to organise food donations from events to local soup kitchens and support centres.
We raise money for charity at many of our events, and our Awards events raised £96,866 during in 2012.
UBM employees are encouraged to undertake volunteering activities and are given paid time off each year to volunteer. We blend our volunteering and pro bono activities with our events, pioneered by UBM LLC Foundation, our community foundation in the US. In this way we deliver UBM resources to charities and not-for-profit entities, from expertise to free exhibitor space. In 2012 we grew our events-based partnership with Year Up www.yearup.org, a US not-for-profit organisation dedicated to ‘closing the opportunity divide’ through education for at-risk 18 to 24 year olds. UBM employees offer their time and skills from mentoring students at the office to hosting them at events such as Cloud Connect, Interop and Enterprise 2.0.
We also operate a matched giving scheme through which UBM matches the fundraising efforts by its employees, together with a payroll giving scheme that matches regular donations by employees.
In addition to our commitments around the Community Engagement Series, in 2012 we also made cash donations to charities of £197,172 (2011: £270,097). In total we committed cash, resources and services of £719,347 (which includes the Community Engagement Series) (2011: £943,675).