Easyfairs reveals ‘Act for the Future’ strategy in debut sustainability report

Exhibition organiser Easyfairs has published its first annual sustainability report, outlining the three central pillars of its ‘Act for the Future’ strategy.

The strategy is divided into ‘Act for the Planet’, ‘Act for Society’ and ‘Act for our People’. 

‘Act for the Planet’ details how Easyfairs is reducing its environmental impact across emissions, energy efficiency, travel and accommodation, elimination of waste, and food and beverage. Since 2019, it has cut its carbon footprint by a third.

‘Act for Society’ describes how Easyfairs helps local and business communities on their decarbonisation journey, boosts innovation and start-up enterprises, and partners with charities during events. 

‘Act for our People’ explains the company’s approach to diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI) and how it fosters a culture of lifelong learning through the Easyfairs Academy’s learning programme, under the slogan “Boost Your Future”. 

In 2021 Easyfairs appointed Nil Sönmez (pictured) as its first chief sustainability officer. She emphasised that while progress has been made, the journey continues: “Our business model has always leaned towards sustainability. We are especially delighted that we have reduced our group carbon footprint by 33% since 2019. We’re making real changes and every little bit counts. Of course, there’s much more to do. We’re doing good but aiming for great.” 

Easyfairs has ambitious targets for the future and employs dynamic tools to measure progress, empower its team to act, and track contributions towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 

Easyfairs CEOs Anne Lafère and Matt Benyon said in a joint statement: “This report serves as a testament to our commitment to transparency, ethical governance, and responsible corporate citizenship. We find ourselves inspired by the progress and invigorated by the journey ahead. Our collective efforts have reinforced our commitment to extend the boundaries of what we can achieve. We look forward to reporting further progress in the years ahead.”