The Forum’s commitment to sustainability
The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas, and believes that progress happens by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to make positive change. The very act of gathering world leaders and experts in one place creates its own impacts, consumes resources and leaves a footprint. The Forum is deeply aware of its responsibility to reduce these impacts and leave a positive legacy for the local community, which is another way of fulfilling its mission “to improve the state of the world”.
Sustainability policies and Sustainability Strategy 2021
Building on the six priority areas that have framed its Sustainability Policy since 2015, as well as on its Sustainable Procurement Policy, the Forum has developed its Sustainability Strategy 2021. This aims to ensure the highest level of sustainability for its offices and events, as well as to strengthen the integration of sustainability into its global operations and business processes.
Sustainability at the Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters
The special nature of the Annual Meeting and the priority given to sustainability require an innovative and flexible approach. In this context, the Forum has adhered to the ISO 20121 Event Sustainability Management System. Following external audits, the Annual Meeting became ISO 20121 independently certified for “sustainable event management” in January 2018. Since then, the Forum has become subject to annual surveillance audits and must demonstrate continuing efforts in the field of sustainability at the Annual Meeting. In line with ISO 20121, the Forum follows a strict methodology to embed sustainability into its internal policies and processes.
The sustainability approach for the Annual Meeting covers a range of event activities, from the materials used for temporary structures and decoration, to energy use, food and beverages, waste management, and transportation. In addition, the Forum seeks to ensure equitable procurement policies, fair employment practices, the health and safety of its staff and participants, and meaningful engagement with local communities.
The Annual Meeting’s carbon footprint is also measured and compensated for in an internationally recognized manner. After calculating the event’s footprint, the Forum compensates this by buying the corresponding amount of carbon credits from South Pole, a Forum Social Entrepreneur, which supports emissions reduction projects.