CSR Initiatives

Working with the ExCeL for a greener Sibos

The team at ExCeL London is passionate about creating a meaningful and inspiring legacy and ensuring that the events they host have a positive impact on the local community and the 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 forms an important part of the venue’s strategy. In 2018, the team developed a close relationship with Community Food Enterprise (CFE) to help address an increasing need for food donations across the Newham area of London. They also responded to the growing global crisis of managing single-use plastic, identifying ways in which the venue can reduce the amount of plastic waste generated.

Below are some highlights from the ExCeL’s Legacy Programme.

Community initiatives

  • NASSA (Newham All Stars Sports Academy) – ExCeL partners with NASSA, which works with children across the area to provide sports coaching, training and after school and holiday activities.
  • Sticky Wicket – Each year, ExCeL enters a team into Sticky Wicket, an industry cricket match that last year raised £50,000 to give disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance.
  • Furniture donations – Old or disused furniture which is no longer needed 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. The event brought together some of the best-known business names in the UK to tackle the rising skills shortage in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

Caring for the environment

  • Single-use plastic – ExCeL London is taking positive steps to reduce waste and has launched a ‘No Plastic’ campaign to outline the venue’s commitment to this global issue. With a remit to cater for over 4 million visitors every year, ExCeL has initially focused on the role of the 27 retailers, along the venue’s central boulevard. All plastic straws have been removed from point of sale and suppliers have committed to offering discounts to customers who have a reusable coffee cup. To reduce the disposal of hundreds of thousands of plastic bottles, permanent water fountains have been installed to provide free chilled water to visitors, exhibitors and organisers who bring a reusable container.
  • Reducing waste – Between January and December 2017, the ExCeL recycled 2,615 tonnes of waste and created 1,807 tonnes of refuse-derived fuels from waste. The ExCeL has the largest commercial wormery in the UK, containing over 300,000 worms!
  • Increasing energy efficiency – The ExCeL has swapped out old lighting for LED eco-friendly lighting provided by Philips, with an estimated energy consumption saving per fitting of 70%.

UN Global Compact

In 2007, ExCeL joined the UN Global Compact. The world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, UN Global Compact is a call to companies to align their strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and global corruption.

ExCeL sets targets throughout the year. In 2017, for example, the three key priority areas were to reduce waste, increase energy efficiency and ensure that customers participate in sustainability objectives.