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

Good governance is in part having the right policies and procedures in place, but also having the right culture in the organisation. The Board takes the lead in setting the tone for the way in which UBM conducts its business, adopting and endorsing good practice which flows through into the organisation.

For more detail see our Governance Section. The management of risk is also important when considering the sustainability of the company and you can read about UBM’s Risk Management in 2015 Annual Report

Code of business conduct

Strong governance has also been embedded through the Code of Business Conduct – “Doing Business at UBM”
It covers issues such as:

  • Anti-bribery and corruption
  • Business conduct
  • Health and safety
  • Use of social media
  • Labour standards [modern slavery]
  • Information security
  • Human Rights

In support UBM introduced an independent confidential reporting line for employees to anonymously report any breaches in the Code.