Joint Meeting Industry Council

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

New JMIC Report Documents Practical Industry Responses to UNSDGs
Based on 43 submissions from 16 countries world-wide, the Report includes initiatives from Europe, North and South America, Asia, Australia and Africa, demonstrating the wide range of approaches being taken in a global commitment to addressing UNSDG Goals in the Meetings Industry.


Press Release

An Important Opportunity for JMIC Members

Based on a system for documentation developed by JMIC member UFI, JMIC members now have an important opportunity to demonstrate our collective leadership in addressing the United Nations Sustainable development goals established to document and illustrate how industry initiatives can be undertaken in ways that support long term stability and responsible growth on a world-wide basis.

The Meetings Industry has a great story to tell in this regard and telling it effectively is a good way to support our advocacy initiatives by demonstrating something we all take for granted—that our work supports economic, professional, social and academic advancement to the benefit of all—but is not well understood by those outside the industry.

The attached templates make it easy for you to document your achievements– and provide us with the ability to illustrate the principles on which this industry operates. At the same time it offers you the opportunity to distinguish your organization amongst your colleagues in ways that really matter.

Read on. And then take the initiative to select those programs, events or operating principles that best demonstrate your commitment to a sustainable future. All initiatives will be acknowledged and endorsed by the Joint Meetings Industry Council—and form part of a report that will be shared with both global authorities and local communities to show our leadership as an industry.

What are the UN SDGs and why are they important?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a call to action by all countries to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The 17 goals address the global challenges that we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, economic prosperity, and justice. The aim is to achieve all 17 goals and their accompanied targets by 2030, and businesses play a crucial role in ensuring this success.

Where can I learn more about the SDGs?

Visit the official UNSDG website for more information here.

How does the Meetings Industry contribute to the SDGs?

Our industry engages with millions every year through their participation in the business events they attend and use to support their own activities and objectives. At the same time, it spans a wide cross section of all sectors of business, government, academia and community. With such a wide audience and reach, our industry more than most can have a meaningful influence on how knowledge and business practices evolve.

How can you contribute? Why Should You? You can demonstrate how your events and initiatives contribute to the SDGs by documenting your best programs and practices using the templates provided for submissions. This kind of participation supports our overall industry proposition—but it offers important benefits to you and your members as well by giving you:

  • The opportunity to learn more about the SDGs and how they can fit into your own strategic planning;
  • Global recognition for your vision and contributions to the objectives of the SDGs
  • JMIC will edit and systemize entries to ensure that they are consistent with others on the database.

What will JMIC do with the results? JMIC will have contributions analyzed and validated by a recognized sustainability advisor and publicize the resulting report widely as part of our industry advocacy activities. The results will also be a resource for those wishing to access good examples of industry responsibility to their own audiences. New submissions, once approved, will be added to this library and incorporated into the final report.

The UN SDGs Online Reporting Tool

The submission process has been streamlined and facilitated by the preparation of three templates that together capture the range of SDG-related benefits of three different elements of industry activity:

Type I  |  Event Theme and Content: How the theme of the event contributes to the SDGs

Type II  |  Event Execution and Operation: How the approach taken to the operation of the event contributes to the SDGs

Type III  |  Company’s Operations: How an organizer/supplier’s own operations contribute to the SDGs

  1. Download the form
  2. Open the form within an application that can re-save the filled document ie. Acrobat Pro
  3. Email as an attachment to

Current Submissions

Submissions that have already been reviewed and endorsed are listed below, with links to the detailed submission. These provide a library of excellent examples of the kinds of program activities that qualify as UNSDG initiatves.

No Activity Type Activity Title Location SDGs Organization Headquarters
1 III Company’s Operations Sustainability reporting for SDGs Global 3,4,9,13,16 Reed Exhibitions UK
2 I Exhibition Theme Plastic waste display France 12,14 Reed Expositions France France
3 I Exhibition Theme AfricaCom South Africa 1,8,9 Informa UK
4 I Exhibition Theme Futurecom Brazil 1,4,8,10 Informa UK
5 II Exhibition Operation International Book Fair of Guadalajara Mexico 12,13 Impact0 Mexico
6 III Company’s Operations Feeding Your Performance Australia 3,8,11,12,17 ICC Sydney Australia
7 III Company’s Operations Legacy program Australia 8,9,10,11,12,17 ICC Sydney Australia
8 III Company’s Operations Celebrating First Nations Cultures Australia 8,10,17 ICC Sydney Australia
9 III Company’s Operations Heartwarming Amsterdam The Netherlands 2,12 RAI Amsterdam The Netherlands
10 I Exhibition Theme Neonyt Germany 8,9,12,13,14, 15,16,17 Messe Frankfurt Germany
11 III Company’s Operations Sustainability reporting Global 4,5,6,7,8, 9,10,11,12,13, 16,17 Messe Frankfurt Germany
12 III Company’s Operations Melbourne Renewable Energy Project Australia 7,8,9,11,12, 13,17 Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Australia
13 III– Company’s Operations Responsible Seafood at Marina Bay Sands Singapore/Malaysia 2,8,9,12,14,17 Marina Bay Sands Singapore
14 III–Company’s Operations District Energy System Canada 7,9,11,17 Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place Canada
15 III Company’s Operations Think Green Global 8,11,12,13 GL Events France
16 III Company’s Operations Think Local Global 8,11,12,13 GL Events France
17 III Company’s Operations Think People Global 8,10,11,12 GL Events France
18 III Company’s Operations The Oregon Convention Center’s Waste Diversion Policy USA 2,9,11,12,17 Oregon Convention Center USA
19 III Company’s Operations HML“ Think Before Plastic” Campaign China 12 Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited China
20 II Exhibition Operations Ecodesign Program For Exhibition Stands India 8 Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association India
21 III Company’s Operations Rooftop Communities USA 2,3,4,6,7,8,9,11,13,15,17 Javits Center New York, USA
22 III Company’s Operations Helios Project Spain 7,9,11,12,13 Valencia Conference Centre Valencia, Spain
23 III Company’s Operations Towards Carbon Neutrality! Canada 13,15,17 Palais de congrès de Montréal Montréal, Canada
24 III Company’s Operations Organizing sustainable initiatives around the SDG’s of the United Nations Canada 12,13,17 Palais de congrès de Montréal Montréal, Canada
25 II Exhibition Operations Campus IFEMA Thinkids Spain 4,8,10,17 IFEMA Madrid, Spain
26 II Exhibition Operations Donation of surpluses from Fruit Attraction and Meat Attraction Spain 1,2,3,10,17 IFEMA Madrid, Spain
27 III Company’s Operations Boxed Water Spain 12,13,15 CCIB—Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona Barcelona, Spain
28 III Company’s Operations Corporate Social Responsibility Annual Reporting Spain 5,7,8,10,11,12,13,15,17 CCIB—Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona Barcelona, Spain
29 III Company’s Operations Offset the Carbon Footprint Spain 11,13 CCIB—Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona Barcelona, Spain
30 I Exhibition Theme People make Glasgow Healthier Scotland 3 Glasgow Convention Bureau Scotland, UK
31 II Exhibition Operations MICE Sustainability Certification (MSC) Singapore 6,7,8,9,12,17 Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers (SACEOS) Singapore
32 III Company’s Operation Less to Landfill Australia 11,12,13 Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre Australia Australia
33 III Company’s Operation Food for Good, Palacongressi di Rimini’s Social Commitment Italy Italy 1,2,3,10,11,12 Palacongressi di Rimini Italy
34 II Exhibition Operations Vitality Program The Netherlands 3, 17 World Forum The Hague Hague, The Netherlands
35 I Exhibition Theme greenmeetings & events conference 2019 (gme) Germany 4, 9, 11, 12, 13, 17 European Association of Event Centres (EVVC), German Convention Bureau (GCB) Frankfurt, Germany
36 III Company’s Operations How to Introduce Sustainability Management and Make It Part and Parcel of Corporate Culture Germany 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17 The Leipzig Trade Fair Group (Leipziger Messe GmbH) Leipzig, Germany
37 III Company’s Operations Sustainable F&B Catering at Conferences, Meetings and Events Germany 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17 fairgourmet GmbH (a company of The Leipzig Trade Fair Group) Leipzig, Germany
38 II Exhibition Operations greenmeetings & events conference 2019: A Venue’s Observations on Operations Germany 4, 9, 11, 12, 13, 17 The Leipzig Trade Fair Group (Leipziger Messe GmbH) Leipzig, Germany