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Sustainability

Sustainability at IMEX Frankfurt

The creation of a sustainable event requires the support of everyone involved  our team, partners, and all of attendees. At IMEX, we're committed to making our events more sustainable and reducing our global impact. Find out more about sustainability at IMEX Frankfurt and discover how you can support people and planet while you're at the show.

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What you can do to support people and planet
A sustainable event & sustainability report
EDI
Giving back 
Meet our Green Squad and EDI working group

 

WHAT MAKES IMEX FRANKFURT A ZERO-WASTE EVENT?

12%
DECREASE IN EXHIBITOR ENERGY CONSUMPTION COMPARED TO 2023
99.5%
OF EVENT WASTE DIVERTED FROM LANDFILL
100%
MESSE FRANKFURT FOOD OUTLETS USED REUSABLE SERVICE WARE
12%
DECREASE IN EXHIBITOR ENERGY CONSUMPTION COMPARED TO 2023
99.5%
OF EVENT WASTE DIVERTED FROM LANDFILL
100%
MESSE FRANKFURT FOOD OUTLETS USED REUSABLE SERVICE WARE

WHAT CAN YOU DO SUPPORT PEOPLE AND PLANET AT IMEX FRANKFURT?

Small steps can make a big impact.

Here are a few simple ways you can support people and planet while at IMEX:

  • Take part in our People & Planet Pledge

  • Read and support the IMEX code of conduct

  • Attend sessions on EDI or sustainability 

  • Use sustainable modes of transport by using public transport or walking, or offsetting your carbon emmisions

  • Choose sustainable food options (look out for regional, organic, waterwise, vegetarian and plant-based options on our menus)​
  • Discuss sustainable options and policies with prospective partners during your meetings​

  • Place unwanted items in the donation bins and recycle your show badge when you leave

  • Perform a random act of kindness (buy someone a coffee in the coffee line, help with directions or donate to a charity – see below for suggestions)

  • Wear a pronoun badge to help  to create an open and inclusive environment

  • Bring a reusable water bottle to the show to reduce plastic waste onsite

CREATING A SUSTAINABLE EVENT

Our sustainability goals
 

  • Measure our event's carbon footprint​

  • Deliver net zero events by 2030 

  • Make sustainability education accessible to all

  • Share what we learn and amplify best practice ​

  • Give back to local communities ​at home and at our shows

  • Champion the positive impacts of meetings and events


With thanks to our Sustainability Consultant, MeetGreen™
Our EDI goals
 
  • Create a diverse and inclusive culture at IMEX ​ 
  • Run inclusive and accessible shows that promote, celebrate and educate on EDI ​
  • Promote inclusion and celebrate diversity through all our communication channels
 
Read more about EDI at IMEX
How we celebrate and champion equity, diversity and inclusion  

Our team is focused on cultivating speaker diversity and welcomes speakers from underrepresented groups with a wide range of experiences and perspectives 

We're proud supporters of the Neu Project   a community advocating for safe, reflective events and environments that allow all people to thrive

We’re always working on an inclusive and accessible social media presence​ 

Check out our case study from IMEX Frankfurt 2019 for more information about the EDI initiatives in place at our shows

We’ve created the IMEX code of conduct which is highlighted in emails to our attendees pre-show and placed in high traffic areas at our trade shows​ ​​

We have created an inclusive language guide for everyone to use

​​​​ We encourage our staff to wear pronoun badges at our shows to create an open and inclusive environment​

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Giving back

Supporting the local community and our industry colleagues

We proudly support a range of industry charities as well as local charities in Frankfurt and beyond. 
ShoutOutLoud

ShoutOutLoud

ShoutOutLoud is a German non-profit organization committed to environmental protection, sustainability and cultural exchange - with a firm focus on fighting food waste.

 
Find out more
Stiftung Waisenhaus Orphanage

Stiftung Waisenhaus Orphanage

Stiftung Waisenhaus Orphanage supports young people who grow up without parents or whose parents are unable to support them. They offer young people the space to develop inter-personal skills and improve their futures. 
Find out more
Caritasverband Frankfurt

Caritasverband Frankfurt

Caritas is the aid organization of the German Caritas Association based in Freiburg. Together with their global partner organizations, the organization helps to ensure people's survival after natural disasters, in war and places in crisis.
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Giving back at IMEX

Giving back at IMEX

Our host cities are our homes from home twice a year. Giving back to their local communities is our way of saying thank you for the warm welcome the IMEX family receives.


 
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Meet our green squad

Roger Lehner
Roger Lehner
Senior Operations & Sustainability Executive
Ellie Scott
Ellie Scott
Senior Content Manager
Charlotte Willie
Charlotte Willie
Partnership & Sponsorship Manager
David Kries
David Kries
Relationship Manager, Hosted Buyer Programme
Hannah Lee
Hannah Lee
Knowledge and Events Senior Executive
Hilary Clothier
Hilary Clothier
Senior Financial Operations Manager
Liz Brand
Liz Brand
Head of Sponsorship and Hosted Buyer Relationship Management

MEET OUR EDI WORKING GROUP

Laura Beattie
Laura Beattie
Operations Executive
Alicia Osborne
Alicia Osborne
People and Talent Coordinator
David Broadus
David Broadus
Database Manager
Maria Gaillez
Maria Gaillez
Relationship Manager, Hosted Buyer Programme
Ellie Scott
Ellie Scott
Senior Content Manager
Natasha Richards
Natasha Richards
Director of Impact and Industry Relations
Roger Lehner
Roger Lehner
Senior Operations and Sustainability Executive
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