By Krystle Almeida

Thank YOU for empowering our sustainability initiatives.

07 July 2021, Dubai, UAE: At the recent Informa Connect Awards, HR Events took home the Faster Forward Award that recognises outstanding sustainability activities to become an ever more sustainable, positive impact business.

What is sustainability at Informa?

Sustainability is a broad and constantly evolving concept.  It considers our long-term impacts and how they affect a wide range of stakeholders. Done well, it can create a strong competitive differentiator and improve the long-term success of Informa and our markets.

It boils down to being responsible and fair over the long term. It’s more about increasing the positive impacts we have whilst minimising the negative impacts. At Informa, we seek to consider many stakeholders including our customers and investors but also our colleagues, communities, and our environment. Doing so helps create a more engaging partner across our markets.

Informa and our colleagues’ role is to connect people and knowledge across our verticals, championing the specialist to help communities solve critical challenges, reach better decisions and amplify positive change. This is what sustainability is all about and it’s here that Informa can make the biggest positive impact on issues such as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The professional skills of each colleague can help the specialist communities we work with so that they in turn can have an impact on the wider world.

Connecting ideas with audience

HR Events’ Team at Informa Connect jumped on this initiative and look where to take the mission further and connect the sustainability mission with the HR agenda.

As the industry’s leading events for HR professionals, Informa Confect’s HR events connected people with knowledge and made the greatest impact through the content and connections online during Covid-19.

We would like to thank all our sponsors, exhibitors, delegates, speakers, and visitors for joining us at the event and for making it our most sustainable events’ set yet! – we are grateful to you for joining us and empowering our sustainability initiatives.

To accelerate the sustainable progress of the HR industry that we serve, Our HR events went above and beyond to focus on the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (UN SDGs) of Good health & well-being, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Reduced Inequalities, and Partnership for the Goals. The events organized in 2020 covered:

  • Diversity, Inclusion and Women Empowerment in the workplace
  • Panel Discussion- Cultivating a Positive Workplace Culture
  • COVID as a Catalyst for Lasting Change: A New Employee Experience for the Future
  • Panel Discussion- Promoting Happiness at Work under Crisis Situation
  • Case Study- How Leaders can Support their Dispersed Teams (Mental health, personal and professional lives)
  • Promoted healthy eating, during the virtual breaks, sustainably sourced, locally-grown food that supports local businesses

The HRSE (HR Summit & Expo) event also hosted 3-days dedicated wellness agenda with the ‘Wellness Zone Partner’ that comprised of the following sessions:

  • Yoga and breathing exercises
  • Teleconsultation
  • Healthy nutrition
  • Mental health in the workplace
  • Investing in employee wellbeing
  • Managing stress through mindfulness
  • Staying healthy during COVID
  • Building personal resilience
  • Guided meditation

HRSE (HR Summit & Expo) in 2020 had over 80 free-to-attend seminar sessions for junior and mid-level HR professionals and the next generation of leaders to learn and develop their careers, with sessions covering culture, building resilient sustainable workplaces, and more.

With a focus on Diversity and Inclusion, the speaker line-up for each of the events focused on having speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds. ATD European Summit in 2020 achieved having a 50/50 male to female ratio. Awards categories for best sustainable initiatives were also added to the HRSE Future Workplace Awards.

As we look forward to the next editions of our HR events, we’re looking forward to embedding sustainability into our events further to create a more sustainable and equal for all environment for the industry to thrive.

If you would like to hear more about our sustainability initiatives for 2021 and beyond, please contact us to see how you can be involved!