Fresh Montgomery an international sustainability leader

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager UK based Fresh Montgomery is serious about sustainability. Their definition of a sustainable organization is “How an organization continues to run its activities in a commercially successful way whilst contributing towards a stronger and more just society and reducing its impact on the environment.” Keeping the organization on track is Janice Edmunds, Operations Director and presenter at the upcoming UFI Sustainable Development Focus Meeting, On De [...]

The Barriers to a Serious Sustainable Effort

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager Sometimes attending a meeting leaves the participants with more questions than answers, and that’s probably a good thing. At this year’s UFI Sustainable Development Focus Meeting, on December 11th, in Geneva a key session will be dedicated to addressing some of the issues that participants have. One of the panellists is Glenn Hansen, President and CEO of BPA Worldwide. Glenn is very clear in his assessment of sustainability issues and sustainabilit [...]

Lessons learned from COP17

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager In 1992, the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCC) formed to address the global issues of climate change. The participating countries were those who had adopted the Kyoto Protocol. Each year UNFCC and its members meet to discuss the implementation of the Protocols. In 2011, COP17 was held in Durban, South Africa. Justin Hawes, who is the Managing Director for Scan Display also managed the South African Climate Change Response Expo (CCR [...]

Research shows an increase in sustainability across the exhibition industry

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community manager Christian Druart is Head of UFI Research and Secretary of the UFI Sustainable Development Committee. At the upcoming UFI Sustainable Development Focus Meeting, On December 11th, in Geneva, he will be presenting updated research data. I asked him, “When you compare the current situation to where the industry was in the last few years what surprised you the most?” He explained: “What surprised me most a few years ago was the difference in the commitm [...]

Leading with what matters

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager I recently watched Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer for IKEA deliver an inspiring TED talk. His message was particularly timely for us as the UFI Sustainable Development Focus Meeting in Geneva is quickly approaching. http://www.ted.com/speakers/steve_howard.html Howard’s talk opened with three startling statistics: • By 2030 the number of people in the middle class will grow by an additional three billion people • The average temperature of th [...]

Sustainability expert, Fiona Pelham to speak in Geneva

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager Fiona Pelham is the Managing Director of UK based Sustainable Events Ltd, a company which provides support for the implementation of sustainability within the event industry. Fiona is one of the presenters at UFI’s Sustainable Development Focus Meeting, December 12, in Geneva Switzerland. I had a chance to ask Fiona a few questions that will give our followers a preview of Fiona’s depth of understanding on the issue of sustainable management and a [...]

Exhibitor trends

Posted by Barry Siskind UFIs Community Manager US based Expo Magazine recently published their first ever “Exhibitor Trends Survey” and the results are worth noting. The survey looked at 16 factors that affect exhibitor’s perception and use of exhibitions. The top three reasons for exhibiting were to increase sales (78%), increase brand awareness (76%) and gather leads (74%). But, when asked how senior management viewed the role of exhibit marketing, only 23% reported it as “an essential role in [...]

Tips for GPS tracking at a conference or exhibition.

Posted by Barry Siskind UFIs Community manager I doubt there is a person on the planet who has not been affected one way or the other by GPS technology. Global Positioning System navigation can provide unprecedented data to organizers which allows them to understand attendee traffic patterns, how they spend their time and where they visit. To complement this, new information apps like Phunware, Topi and a host of others have been developed. Yet my feeling is that we have only scratched the GPS s [...]

Anbu Varathan unravels the secrets of business in India

Posted by Barry Siskind UFIs Community Manager Anbu Varathan is the Chief Executive Officer of Bangalore International Exhibition Centre and the Director General of the Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association. One of the issues we spoke about in this latest UFI Spotlight on Leaders and Trends was BIEC becoming India’s first LEED certified building. Here is what he said. “Following the 2007 launch of BIEC, in 2008 we achieved the LEED certification in the new construction category from the [...]

Make that next flight less stressful

Posted by Barry Siskind UFIs Community Manager We spend a huge amount of time on airplanes and in our industry there isn’t much we can do to avoid it. Air time is, after all, part of the job. I read an interesting article published in Mashables and created by Air New Zealand entitled, “Travel Tips: How to Work and Relax While you Fly.” According to the article how we plan to spend our time while flying is often different than what we actually do. For example, when travellers were asked how they [...]