Why sustainable development?
It is first and foremost a tremendous opportunity for differentiation and for enhancing appeal, far beyond compliance with standards.
Because we are convinced of the competitive dimension of sustainable development,
Because we have repeatedly checked that it improves our efficiency,
Because it leads to innovation for reinventing, organising, creating things in a different way,
Because differentiation is an opportunity for commercial development,
And because by having values, we attract and retain employees who share them.
How is it implemented?
Under the aegis of the Logistics and Security, Purchasing and General Services Divisions.
Sustainable development at Comexposium:
The following commitments have been made internally:
- Environmental awareness from the design of internal communications (choice of paper size, colour blocks, format, optimisation of content, distribution volumes, etc.) to their completion (no/few plastic components added, two-sided printing, awareness of content obsolescence, size and paper appropriate to the life expectancy of the document, etc.).
- A process applied from the point of purchasing paper: as a member of ECOFOLIO, the various parties involved (Purchasing, General Services, etc.) have received detailed information on the methods and tools to use, and the messages to spread internally on responsible management of paper.
- An awareness campaign on saving energy and paper (10 habits to adopt): stickers have been placed in strategic and high-traffic areas to remind employees about good and bad habits (‘do you really need to print this?’, ‘air-con or heating, now close the windows’, turning off office lights at lunch-time or on leaving in the evening).
- Printer configurations to prevent colour printing by default.
- A CANIBAL system in the social area encourages staff to recycle plastics and cans during their breaks. Instant wins include a basket of organic products, or a credit note for their next food or drink purchase.
Sustainable development by Comexposium:
A number of initiatives are put in place at every event. In general:
- A ‘single point of contact’ platform for seeking information and ordering all services.
- A web-based communications platform for communicating about the essentials: turning out lights on stands, minimising volumes, managing waste, prioritising environmentally friendly materials and LED lights, etc.
- Paperless access passes.
- Use of public transport for travel to events by the employees of these companies.
- Car-sharing arrangements: setting up partnerships with apps, encouragement to use car-sharing to travel to the event in the interests of saving both costs and the environment, with the added bonus of guaranteed socialising!
- Shuttles provided between stations/airports and event sites whenever possible to combine journeys, optimise costs, and manage flows as participants arrive and leave.
- Paperless access passes wherever possible.
Partnerships have been set up by some events:
Salon International de l'Alimentation (global food fair)
- 60,000 MEAL EQUIVALENTS COLLECTED DURING SIAL PARIS 2014 - the French Red Cross organised the collection of foodstuffs donated by the exhibitors at the end of the fair. The Seine Saint-Denis departmental directorate for social action organised this operation, and 16 local Red Cross units and five partner associations took part. A record-breaking 50 tonnes, or 60,000 ‘meal equivalents’, was collected.
- SIAL PARIS SUPPORTS SOLAAL - The association creates links between the agricultural and food sectors and food aid associations. For farmers in particular, it manages the practical aspects of donating, and is the interface with the food aid associations.
Paris International Agricultural Show
- ADIVALOR: 10,000 bin bags (made in France from recycled agricultural plastic film) provided for visitors and exhibitors.
Paris Games Week
Coca Cola: ‘EVERY CAN COUNTS’ programme, encouraging selective sorting of steel or aluminium cans. In 2014, 294,000 of the 310,752 cans distributed by Coca-Cola were recuperated through this programme (a recycling rate of nearly 95%; over 25 tonnes of CO2 saved).
Most importantly, this initiative involves everyone:
Every employee is encouraged to be involved in designing solutions and ever more imaginative products that last longer but are still appealing.
Every trade fair and every subsidiary in France and worldwide is aware of Comexposium’s commitments, and all employees are free to invent and adapt the most appropriate solutions according to their activity, location and country.
What are the quantitative and qualitative targets for 2016?
- Encourage travel by public transport rather than taxi or car, by train for longer distances, and car-sharing when necessary.
- Parking for electric cars has been installed at the French premises, so employees are encouraged to use electric cars.
- Comexposium has also committed to gradually replacing energy-hungry equipment (the IT equipment was completely updated in early 2016).
- Ten labels reminding employees about ‘environmentally friendly habits’.
- Continue the ‘CANIBAL’ system.
- Environmentally friendly plants (requiring little water) to brighten up the corridors.
Two bins in every office, one of them for paper.
- An environmental charter put in place for key suppliers.