May 5, 2020

With its responsibility report Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre points the way for the entire event business. The largest event producer in Finland has listed, point by point, work done until now within the UN’s sustainable development goal programme.

UN’s sustainable development programme (Agenda 2030) aims for a world where environment, economy and humans are taken into equal consideration. Messukeskus has a strong commitment to UN’s goals, and concentrates on making event production and event participation sustainable. Responsibility is an essential part of the company values and covers responsibility of people, environment and economy.

 

Climate actions and recognized energy efficiency

The best-known Messukeskus sustainable development choices until now are related to climate actions (SDG 13). Work is spurted by a responsibility goal set a year ago: to be a 110 percent carbon neutral event arena, that makes use of 99% of waste (SDG 12), produces solar energy on the roofs of Messukeskus with one of Helsinki’s largest solar power plants (SDG 7) and that in a short time has decreased water consumption by half (SDG 6). Messukeskus also co-operates with, for instance, John Nurminen Foundation as partners in the #OURSEA campaign to protect the Baltic Sea. (SDG 14).

 

Ticket revenue for welfare, work opportunities for people with partial workability

Big steps have also been taken in social responsibility. Messukeskus has directed ticket revenue to welfare and offers an exceptional learning environment for students that need special support in cooperation with Vocational College Live (SDG 10). The co-operation with Finnish UNICEF has made a schoolyear possible for 20 000 children or given a vital polio vaccine for over 1,8 million children (SDG 1). This year each Messukeskus staff members can use one day for voluntary work in a place of their own choice.

 

Read Messukeskus SGD report here.