Sustainability at UBM

Wheel infographic including icons and headings for each of UBM’s five sustainability focal areas

Being an ethical, sustainable business is central to how we behave, how we make decisions and how we do business every day.

There are five key elements to our sustainability agenda:

People: We recognise the importance of engaging, motivating, training and supporting our people

Communities: We support the social communities in which we work - those local to our offices as well as those local to our events

Environment: We manage UBM's business in a responsible way, reducing our environmental impact whenever possible

Customers: We collaborate and engage with our customers on sustainability

Governance: We organsie ourselves to run our business responsibly and ethically and manage risk appropriately


Our sustainability efforts have been recognised by various external audiences


We are part of the FTSE4Good index


We are listed in the CDP’s Climate Disclosure Leadership Index and in 2016 received awards for ‘Biggest Emissions Reduction (relative)’ and for ‘Science Based Targets'

ISO accreditation

ISO accreditation
In 2012 we became one of the first global companies to achieve ISO20121 standard for Sustainable Event Management.

UFI Sustainable Development Award

UFI Sustainable Development Award
In 2015 we received the sustainable development award from the global association of the Exhibitions industry, UFI

Sustainability at our events

We strive to raise awareness of sustainability issues among our suppliers, our customers and the owners of the venues we use.

In 2012 we became one of the first global companies to achieve ISO20121 standard for Sustainable Event Management. We continue to focus on achieving certification for our events across the globe.

During 2016 we began our “Sustainable 10” internal campaign to deliver further progress at the event level. See here to view our Sustainable 10 infographic.

Examples of our sustainability initiatives

We recognise that our customers themselves have sustainability agendas and we can help them achieve those aims.  We therefore look to collaborate and engage with our customers on various sustainability initiatives.

At more than 30 events we have developed charity partnerships, which enable our customers to be part of a charitable or community activity relevant to their industry.

CBME charity

Our Children, Baby, Maternity Expo exhibitors and visitors raised more than £22,000 to fund initiatives to support autistic children in China.

BlackHat scholarship

BlackHat ran an Academic Scholarship Programme which provided 153 students with complementary passes to the conference and an additional 27 scholarships through new Future Female Leaders Scholarship programme.

Boutique picture of customer filling a box

At Cosmoprof 18 sponsor companies offered their products and attendees could choose a mix of product samples in a gift box for a suggested donation to a charitable organisation. Over 3 days, the scheme raised almost HK$51,000 and was visited by over 500 people.