FasterForward is Informa’s approach to sustainable business.
Our aim is to become an ever more sustainable, positive impact business. To achieve this, we are moving FasterForward to embed sustainability into everything we do and help our customers and the markets we work in to do the same.
FasterForward includes a structured programme of activities and commitments, with three key areas and nine commitments covering our business operations, brands and products and broader community impact.
When it comes to sustainability, we’re moving FasterForward.
Faster to Zero
Moving faster to become a zero waste and net zero carbon business
To help meet the urgent challenges of a changing world, we are moving faster to reduce our carbon and waste footprint with the aim of becoming a zero waste and net zero carbon business by 2030.
Wherever we can, we will also actively help our partners, customers and wider markets to achieve the same.
Faster to Zero Commitments
Faster to Zero in action
Powered by Renewable Energy
We are proud that more than 95% of the electricity used in our offices comes from renewable sources.
More than 95% of the electricity used in our offices comes from renewable sources, and we have brought green energy to our buildings in many different ways.
In our Boulder, Colorado office, over 700 solar panels have been installed, taking the office entirely off-grid. And in our largest London, UK office, LED lighting is now in place, producing light much more efficiently than other methods.
Carbon offsetting for business travel
Since 2020, we have offset 100% of the carbon produced by colleagues when travelling on business.
Informa purchases high quality, certified carbon offsets. These support fully validated projects around the world that reduce or avoid greenhouse gases being emitted.
Reducing food waste
In line with our Faster to Zero commitments, events teams at Informa are taking action to reduce waste generated by our shows.
The organisation collects all food and organic waste produced at the show, which is composted and turned into fertilizer. This is used to grow food that gets donated to families.
The Fispal Food Service show in São Paulo has partnered with Comida Invisível, a UN-certified social startup. Comida Invisível collects all food and organic waste produced at the show. This is in turn composted and converted into fertilizer that is used to grow food that gets donated to local families.
Embedding sustainability inside every one of our brands to help our customers accelerate sustainable development in their specialist markets
Informa exists to connect people with knowledge and our greatest impact in the world is through the content and connections we deliver for our customers.
To help our customers go faster, and to accelerate the sustainable progress of the specialist markets we serve, we are embedding relevant sustainability content inside each of our brands.
Whether it’s through events, intelligence, research or training, we’ll provide our customers with the content and connections that can drive a more sustainable future for their specialist markets.
Sustainability Inside Commitments
Sustainability Inside in action
Sustainable Development Goals Online
Sustainable Development Goals Online (SDGO) is a unique digital library that brings together all Taylor & Francis research relating to the UN’s sustainability priorities.
It includes over 12,000 book chapters and journal articles, essays, videos and lesson plans mapped to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
A proportion of the collection is always available to access for free.
Transforming sustainability in the leather industry
The Asia Pacific Leather Fair has embedded sustainability throughout its brand and its industry partnerships
Every exhibitor at the event must declare their sustainability credentials, and its conference sessions include relevant sustainability content.
The team was part of creating the industry body Leather Naturally, which helps to promote the sustainability of leather, and hosts the annual meeting of the Leather Working Group, which established the industry’s gold, silver and bronze sustainability ratings for tanneries.
Multiplying the positive impact we can create when we improve access to knowledge, help people connect more efficiently and invest in our communities
Through the content we provide, we can help connect and inform those who struggle to access knowledge and networks.
When they connect at our events and online, we can help customers be event smarter and more efficient with their time and travel.
Where we work in a specialist or local community, we can partner with them and invest in ways that help them succeed and create more positive impacts in turn.
This is how, by moving FasterForward, we can multiply our positive impact.
Impact Multiplier Commitments
Impact Multiplier in Action
Supporting small businesses
Natural Products Expo West is a major opportunity for smaller natural and organic product producers to showcase their goods to major retailers, distributors and investors.
When the 2020 event was cancelled due to COVID-19, in recognition of the considerable business impact on the community, Informa Markets created a $5m fund to be distributed among smaller businesses and emerging brands, with recipients chosen by an independent advisory council.
Scholarships for scientists and students
The Life Sciences team in Informa Connect runs a Global Learning Scholarship Program.
This gives scientists from low and middle income countries and students from underprivileged backgrounds the chance to join our leading life sciences and biotech conferences and access networking and training opportunities, at no cost.