UFI Committee Unveils Sustainable Meetings Reporting Template

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR
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Paris, France – A simplified version of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), which provides guidelines for reporting green meetings worldwide, has been released by UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.

The report acts as a template for trade show managers to ensure they effectively communicate their achievements in organizing sustainable shows no matter where their events take place. “The aim of this simple tool is to assist companies as they initiate the process of reporting sustainability achievements,” said UFI Managing Director Paul Woodward. “It applies to companies of all sizes in the entire exhibition supply chain.”

Woodward said the growing demand for green meetings in all corners of the world created a need for consistency and worldwide standards. The new GRI version, he said would improve the reliability of reporting how those standards were being met by individual shows more reliable.

The GRI was the product of a working group formed by the UFI Sustainable Development Committee. The group included representatives of international organizing companies Reed Exhibitions and UBM plus BPA Worldwide, Toronto’s Direct Energy Centre, Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company and the German trade show industry association AUMA.

Maaike Fleur, a senior manager with the GRI project, said industry associations played a key role in developing the reporting guidelines and were also in a good position to bring them to the widest possible audience.

Reach Paul Woodward at (33) 1 46 39 75 00 or pw@ufi.org