CSR Initiatives

Reducing the impact of travelling to Sibos

Travelling impacts our environment, but SWIFT is partnering with WeForest on a tree planting campaign to help reduce this impact.

Forests are the best ‘technology’ when it comes to cooling our planet. They absorb the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere - 50% of a tree’s biomass is in fact carbon. Forests also create clouds by releasing water vapour and microscopic nuclei into the atmosphere, reflecting solar radiation back into space, which contributes to a global cooling effect.

Reforestation also fuels biodiversity, restoring soils, improving air quality and alleviating poverty. Read more about the benefits of reforestation here.

Take part in the Sibos 2018 tree planting campaign

This year, Sibos will fund 20 trees for each paying delegate. Delegates can also further contribute to the campaign by donating 10 euros, which will enable the planting of 20 additional trees. There is a tick box option in the online registration form for delegates who wish to add the 10 euros to their registration fee. SWIFT will also plant trees to compensate the travel of its employees to the event. Every tree counts, so let’s grow a large forest together!

The project will plant Sibos trees in India, supporting Khasi communities to regenerate their forest, to combat deforestation and restore the area for the benefit of people and nature alike. Through forest restoration and sustainable livelihood development, the area's biodiversity and the Khasi indigenous communities can flourish together in this remote part of India.

Introducing The Girls & Boys Brigade

The chosen charity partner for Sibos 2018 is The Girls & Boys Brigade, which supports children and young people in need of a helping hand by providing education, recreation and activities that build their life skills.

Their centre in Surry Hills, Australia, caters for more than 150 boys and girls aged 5-18 years, providing them with a safe and welcoming place away from the streets.

At Sibos, delegates can visit the SWIFT stand for a commemorative photo with a Sydney-themed backdrop. This will then be turned into a postcard that can be digitally shared with family and friends. SWIFT will donate 30 EUR to The Girls & Boys Brigade for each delegate who takes part in this activity.

Find out more about the history of The Girls & Boys Brigade

A greener Sibos

Working with the ICC Sydney for a greener Sibos

The International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) is committed to promoting sustainable practices that benefit people, planet and profit. Last year, ICC Sydney received a Gold Certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by the US Green Building Council.

Key sustainability highlights:

  • 520kW photovoltaic (PV) array, the largest in any Australian centre, which powers approximately 5% of the baseline energy for ICC Sydney
  • 200 KL rainwater tank supplying 100% of the venues irrigation water and 63% of toilet flushing demands
  • Highly efficient Central Energy Plant (CEP) which maximises energy usage by operating at lower capacity, enabling individual chillers across the system to work at optimum levels.

​​​​​​Water

Through a collaborative partnership with Sydney Water, ICC Sydney has removed the use of bottled water from all meeting rooms and in its place serves Sydney tap water in reusable glass bottles. In the first 10 months of operations alone, this partnership saved over 520,000 plastic bottles from use (the equivalent of filling 1,500 domestic wheelie bins).

Transport

Providing opportunities for delegates and visitors to explore the Darling Harbour precinct in a sustainable manner has been considered through the construction and operations of ICC Sydney. As a gateway into the broader Darling Harbour precinct, as well as the Sydney CBD and beyond, ICC Sydney has a number of options to facilitate accessible and sustainable travel. These include Australia’s largest electric car charging station, facilities for cyclists and pedestrian links to public transport systems.

Waste management

ICC Sydney is committed to minimising waste and maximising sustainable solutions across the venue. Following the successful construction of the venue, which diverted 91% of all construction waste from landfill, ICC Sydney aims to divert 75% of operational waste and 90% of organic waste through alternative disposal methods.

ICC Sydney works with OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, to collect unused food from events and deliver it to more than 1,000 charities across the country. As part of their waste management plan, ICC Sydney will also help to donate unwanted items after Sibos 2018 to limit the amount of materials sent to landfill and to support local initiatives, such as The Salvation Army.

This year’s exhibitors are invited to donate left over materials that may be of benefit to a local charity or community group.

Items appropriate for donation include:

  • Furniture items (e.g. chairs, tables, desks, bookshelves)
  • Stationary items (e.g. pens, notepads, notebooks, sticky notes)
  • Promotional items (e.g. drinks bottles, fabric bags)
  • AV and tech equipment (e.g. headphones, data cables, electrical cables, speakers)
  • Exhibition stall materials (e.g. pallets, pull up banners)

Reconciliation Action Plan

Located in the heart of the rejuvenated Darling Harbour precinct, ICC Sydney sits on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. As a gateway for international and local visitors to experience Sydney and its surroundings, ICC Sydney recognises its responsibility to acknowledge the Aboriginal heritage of Darling Harbour (‘Tumbalong’) and celebrate its First Nations culture.

ICC Sydney is currently working with a First Nations consulting group to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which will drive initiatives for engaging with Aboriginal communities. RAPs are accredited and monitored by Reconciliation Australia, an independent not-for-profit which provides national expertise and governance on reconciliation across the country.