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UFI Releases Update of its Template for Sustainability Reporting in the Exhibition Industry
5/1/2014
UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, is pleased to present an update of its template for sustainability reporting based on the widely accepted Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) reporting framework.

The UFI template for sustainability reporting in the exhibition industry identifies the key indicators to be used for venues, organizers and service providers. It also includes the “top ten priority indicators” which appear across all three industry segments. These indicators include initiatives to reduce waste and negative environmental impact, financial benefits from sustainability initiatives and sustainable sourcing initiatives.

Initially developed by a working group of UFI’s Sustainable Development Committee with the assistance of UFI partner Positive Impact (UK), the current update from G3.1 to G4 has been led by another member of UFI’s Sustainable Development Committee, BPA Worldwide (USA). Glenn Hansen, BPA Worldwide CEO, noted that, “The latest update of GRI - G4 – is a welcome re-emphasis on materiality in sustainability reporting. Organizations from all sectors of the trade show industry can now focus on demonstrating effective stakeholder engagement, identifying their most significant economic, environmental and social impacts and developing a sound business strategy to respond to those issues.”

Paul Woodward, UFI Managing Director, commented, “Implementation of sustainability is of growing importance in our industry and the aim of this simple tool is to assist organizations as they begin the process to report sustainability achievements. It applies to companies of all sizes in the exhibition supply chain. By ensuring reporting consistency, the exhibition industry will position itself strongly in the face of the economic, environmental and social challenges we face today.”

UFI will organize a one-hour webinar, open to all, to present this important reporting tool on 13 May 2014 at 14:00 CEST. Please go to the UFI Education Centre (http://edcentre.ufi.org/ufiedcentre/html5) to register and for participation guidelines. The UFI template, and other information on UFI activities and programmes in the field of sustainability, are available at www.ufi.org/susdev.


About UFI
UFI is the global association of the world’s leading tradeshow organizers and exhibition centre operators, as well as the major national and international exhibition associations and selected partners of the exhibition industry. UFI’s main goal is to represent, promote and support the business interests of its members and the exhibition industry. UFI represents over 630 member organizations in 85 countries around the world. Over 900 international trade fairs proudly bear the UFI approved label, a quality guarantee for visitors and exhibitors alike. UFI members continue to provide the international business community with a unique marketing media aimed at developing outstanding face-to-face business opportunities. For additional information, go to www.ufi.org.


Contact:
lili@ufi.org






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