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Sustainability

The Responsible Business Forum team take our commitment to the transition to the green economy seriously, not only with our thought provoking content but through the practices we exhibit through our own business. Our approach to organising sustainable events is informed by the ISO20121 Event Sustainability Standard. Read on to discover how we plan and run sustainable events.

Management Approach

Our approach  is framed by our Sustainability Policy and Supplier Code of Conduct. Post event we’ll be sharing a detailed report on the impact of our event too.

Sustainability Targets

Like any business, without targets we do not have direction. We’ve worked with our supply chain to set some aggressive targets to support the sustainability of the event:

STRATEGIC AREA OBJECTIVE KPI

Engage

Engage key suppliers to support sustainability program 

100 % of suppliers signing our policy

Act

Reduce waste created by event and increase waste diversion rate

90% Waste Diversion Rate

50% recycled and 40% waste converted to energy

Increase sustainability, local benefit and healthiness of food offering

90% local
100% vegetarían

Organize social responsibility projects to support local community 

50 Singaporean students discussing sustainability at Youth Forum

Support 2 local charity organisations

Offset Carbon Emissions of entire event and delegate transportation with support of sponsor – South Pole

100% emissions offset 

Measure

To measure precise energy consumption by meeting room

Measure and analyse the environmental impacts of RBF

 

Track energy using innovative metering system

4 key suppliers provide measurement data for reporting

Communicate

Produce Sustainability Report following GRI G3 Guidelines

To Produce Report 

Raise awareness of global sustainability concerns,
Global Initiatives and Marina Bay Sands commitment to sustainability throughout the conference

Develop educational video post-event

Improve Review progress and prepare plans to improve performance MeetGreen Score higher than 45

 

Practical Actions

On top of our event sustainability targets we plan to make the following practical choices to reduce our demand on water, food and energy resources and support the local community and healthy & sustainable lifestyles:

·       Event signage made of 95% renewable sources,  re-used and FSC paper fibres and 100%
        biodegradable “RE-board”  constructed with water based adhesives

·       Lanyards made from recycled PET bottles (click here to see how our lanyards are made)

·       Badge holders hand made with 100% recycled paper & banana fibre

·       Mobile Application for Android & iOS systems  containing the programme, speakers and event information

·       A reduced 1 A4-size FSC printed conference program offered at registration

·       Brain Food stimulating the body and mind

·       No pre-poured beverages at set meals

.       No conference bags

·       No buffet service

·       Responsible Business Young Leaders Dialogue; To engage with high-potential young future leaders

·       A special performance by community group; MINDS (Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore)

·       On-site CSR project

·       Debuting advanced occupancy metering and in-room movement sensors in our meeting rooms with thanks to

        partner Marina Bay Sands

·       Air-conditioning systems set at 25 degrees Celsius

·       No individual VIP Airport Pickup Services

·       No offsite dinner or events, reducing carbon emissions

·       All food waste will be donated to “Food from the Heart” or turned to water

·       Recycling the cooking oil used in our meals

·       Recycling on the event floor

·       The elimination of plastic bottled water and individually served condiments in meeting rooms

·       Have selected a BCA Green Mark/Leed certified hotel

Carbon Offsetting with partner South Pole Carbon

As a responsible business we first try to reduce our demand on the earth’s resources, what we can’t reduce we offset. The Responsible Business Forum will offset all carbon emissions related to the event taking place in Singapore.
In collaboration with South Pole Carbon, the total direct carbon emissions will be calculated relating to delegate travel, electricity consumption, food consumption, waste generation and paper usage at the event venue. Based on the final figure, South Pole Carbon will invest in the equivalent carbon credits for the following local projects In Indonesia:

Geothermal power, Indonesia:

This project is situated about 100 km southwest of the capital Jakarta in a sparsely populated region of vast tropical forests and some volcanic activity. The geothermal potential in the region is mainly based on plate tectonic from the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire that circles the Pacific Ocean with volcanoes. This geothermal power plant uses the powerful natural resources of Indonesia’s underground geothermal activity to reduce demand for fossil fuels and to make a positive change on people’s lives in the surrounding local communities.

Socio-economic impact:
    •    Employment for locals has been created, with over twenty jobs filled during construction, and another 12 permanent jobs in operation and  maintenance of the upgraded plant.

Environmental impact:
    •    As the cleanest renewable energy available, geothermal power generates no waste at all. In recognition of the company’s efforts to provide the country with clean energy, it was awarded with the Clean Energy Initiative Excellence 2010.

Click here for more information

Run-of-river hydro, Indonesia:

The project is located in the southern part of Sumatra (Indonesia’s largest island), 500 km south of the equator and about 30 km from the province’s capital, Bengkulu, a port city on the Indian Ocean. Sumatra is covered by dense tropical forests that provide rich habitats for numerous species. In order to save this unique landscape and generate clean energy to meet the country’s growing demand for energy, a run-of-river hydro plant has been built at the upper reaches of the Musi River. To maintain agricultural and ecological balance, the water intakes were built in a way that has no negative impact on irrigation schemes. The project owner set up a reforestation program in the catchment area in an effort to minimize any harm to the environment.

Socio-economic impact:
    •    To date, the project has hired 32 permanent employees and contracted out 45 more jobs. Many temporary jobs were created for the local population during the construction phase.

Environmental impact:
    •    To ensure a healthy forest, the project owner has set up a reforestation project in the catchment area.

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