Corporate social responsibility and green initiatives are central to Sibos. We are committed to increasing environmental awareness and bringing about positive change in the world around us. This year our main focus will be:
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Sibos tree planting campaign
Our travel impacts our environment, so this year we are providing oyster cards for all delegates to encourage use of public transport during the event to cut carbon emissions. Also, we are partnering with WeForest on a tree planting campaign in Africa. Sibos will fund seven trees for all paying delegates. Every tree counts and by donating 10 euros, each delegate can fund the planting of seven additional trees. SWIFT will also plant trees to compensate for the travel of its employees to the event. Planting forests is one the best ways to reduce global warming. Reforestation also contributes to biodiversity, restoring soils, improving air quality and alleviating poverty.
Sibos trees will be planted in the Tigray region in the north of Ethiopia. The Desa’a forest reserve was once the largest and oldest remnant dry forest in the area. It pro-vides an essential ecosystem to more than half a million people and is a biodiversity hotspot, home to many threatened species. It has an important role in climate mitigation and adaptation as well as water supply in a region directly threatened by the encroaching desert.
Local people live off their crops and livestock. They rely on the forest for water, timber and to feed their cattle. Nearly three quarters of the forest has already disappeared and what remains has been severely degraded due to the extraction of biomass beyond the forest’s capacity for renewal. Through this project we will protect and restore the forest while developing alternative sources of income for local farmers to become stewards of their forest.
Fighting illicit wildlife trade
In conjunction with Royal Foundation and Standard Chartered Bank, we are dedicating part of the conference programme to exposing the illicit wildlife trade. We hope to raise awareness of illegal trade of wild animals, now believed to be one of the world's top criminal activities, and the role that financial institutions can play to curb traffickers by disrupting their access to banking services, mapping criminal networks and seizing their financial assets.
Reducing plastic with edible water
‘Edible water’ will be distributed at each day of the event free of charge in an initative sponsored by SIX Securties Services. These orb shaped ‘Ooho’ capsules, produced by London start-up Skipping Rocks Lab, are made from 100% biodegradable brown algae. Ideal for events such as Sibos where people are ‘on the move’, the capsules replaced thousands of plastic bottles at this year’s London Marathon where they were handed to runners at the 23 mile mark. Each Sibos attendee will also receive a reusable drinking bottle that can be filled at the water fountains located throughout the exhibition halls.
Reducing exhibition stand waste
Sibos is working with Ecobooth to reduce exhibition stand waste with the Repurpose with Purpose campaign. The team can collect stand materials that exhibitors won’t be reusing and, employing the latest recycling technology, transform the materials into 100% recycled outdoor furniture that will then be donated to East London schools local to this year’s venue, ExCeL London. Stand materials that can be recycled include graphics, banners, signage, laminate, flooring, acrylic, vinyl and foamex boards. For more information, please email email@example.com.
In collaboration with the ExCeL, Sibos is also offering exhibitors the opportunity to donate items to Community Food Enterprise (CFE), which redistributes surplus furniture and food to charities and community organisations in the London borough of Newham, including refugee centres, homeless shelters, breakfast clubs and soup kitchens. Exhibitors can donate furniture, stationery, plants and greenery and technology items. For further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Banking for a better world
Banking for a better world, one of our conference themes this year, will debate issues such as green financing, financial inclusion and the future of work and society for people. The fourth day of Sibos will include a bespoke programme for the future leaders of the financial industry. ‘Talent Thursday’ will comprise specialist talks and activities targeted specifically at the aspiring individuals who will determine the future of our industry. We hope to inspire debate on the ethical and environmental implications of the industry.
—— More detail on Talent Thursday sessions and initiatives will follow.
Helping the Honeypot
Each year, Sibos works with charity partners in the host country. This year we are partnering with The Honeypot Children’s Charity. Since 1996, The Honeypot Children’s charity has been providing respite breaks and support for young carers and vulnerable children across the UK, many of whom would otherwise have nowhere to turn. The charity is the only organisation in the UK dedicated to support what’s been termed the ‘hidden army’ of young carers. It’s estimated that there are some 800,000 young carers in the UK and they spend many hours each week caring for their loved ones – giving them their medication, completing household chores and helping with personal care. The charity supports children aged 5 to 12, who don’t tend to have access to other support.
Two houses, with one located in the New Forest and one in Pen y Bryn in Wales. Visiting children can take part in a range of activities which they wouldn’t normally have the time or resources to participate in, from baking to swimming to arts and crafts. Honeypot also supports children in their own community, with a mobile playbus where children can play and reconnect with friends they’ve made through the charity.
Speaking up for inequality
We are also partnering with Speakers for Schools, a charity that bridges educational inequality by helping established influencers and industry leaders give their time to state schools. Founded by journalist Robert Peston in 2011, Speakers for Schools aims to ensure young people of all backgrounds have the chance to be inspired and encouraged by the leaders of today, sparking their ambitions and belief in what’s possible for the future. It brings state schools access to the same prestigious networks available to the top fee-paying schools in the UK.
Speakers for Schools arranges assembly-style talks from high-profile figures, and also supports businesses in running high-impact work experience programmes. The charity has reached over 600,000 young people to date through over 7,000 speaker and employer engagements in over a third of all secondary schools and colleges across the UK. The Speakers for Schools speaker roster includes some of the most influential people in the UK - CEOs, politicians, leaders in the arts and university professors.
ExCeL London – positive action
The team at ExCeL London is passionate about creating a meaningful and inspiring legacy and ensuring their events have a positive impact on the local community and world around us. Each year, events at ExCeL generate £4.5bn in economic impact for London, drive 25% of the city’s inbound business tourism and support 37,600 jobs.
The ExCeL Legacy Programme is an important part of the venue’s strategy. The team has a close relationship with Community Food Enterprise (CFE) to help address the growing need for food donations across the Newham area of London. ExCeL and Sibos are taking positive action to reduce the presence of single-use plastic. Water fountains have been installed and plastic straws have been removed from point of sale at retailers along the venue’s central boulevard. On site suppliers have also committed to discounts for customers who have a reusable coffee cup.
Other initiatives include:
- NASSA (Newham All Stars Sports Academy) – ExCeL partners with NASSA to provide children across Newham with sports coaching, training and after school and holiday activities.
- Furniture donations – Old or disused furniture is donated to Ghana through a partnership with Betrand & Co Consultancy and the Members of Parliament of Ghana.
- Nurturing young talent – In 2018, ExCeL hosted London City Airport’s annual STEM Day, bringing together the best-known business names in the UK to tackle the skills shortage in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).
- Reducing waste – In 2017, ExCeL recycled 2,615 tonnes of waste and created 1,807 tonnes of fuel from waste. ExCeL has the largest commercial wormery in the UK, with over 300,000 worms!