Sustainable conference

The EAIE Conference and Exhibition is an annual gathering that unites our global community for a week of knowledge exchange, learning, and meaningful connections. As a large-scale event, its impact is undeniable. Over the years, we have been dedicated to reducing our ecological footprint and embracing sustainability as a core value.

Our aim is to inspire responsible consumption practices among all participants, encouraging mindful choices that contribute to a more sustainable future. By coming together in person, we foster a unique environment that allows for valuable networking and sharing of best practices, empowering each participant to play a role in creating positive change. Through our collective efforts, we strive to leave a lasting positive impact on both our community and the planet.

Sessions and activities

Sessions and activities

Sustainable internationalisation is a topic that is always a priority when it comes to creating the conference programme and activities. Sessions offer a deep-dive into various sustainability angles regarding the sector, while activities such as the Netwalking offer a fun and charitable action our participants can do.

Offsetting our carbon footprint

Offsetting our carbon footprint

The EAIE plants trees in partnership with Trees for All to offset the carbon footprint of our community gathering for the Annual Conference and Exhibition. Their projects address environmental conservation, reforestation and improve the socio-economic circumstances of the farmers and communities from Bolivia to the Philippines.

Embracing fair trade and sustainable items

Embracing fair trade and sustainable items

We make conscious choices when it comes to conference materials such as reusable and biodegradable coffee cups and cutlery, ecological printing paper and reusable water bottles. For several years we have partnered with Township, a company that makes our conference bags and supports female entrepreneurship in Cape Town, South Africa.

Work with sustainable venues

Work with sustainable venues

Each year during our Annual Conference & Exhibition, we work with venues that conform to responsible consumption standards and actively discuss how we can work together to further these. Efforts related to the venue are: reducing food waste, water and energy consumption; encouraging the recycling of materials post-conference.

Vegetarian catering

Vegetarian catering

During our Annual Conference & Exhibition, we work together with the local catering companies and food suppliers to provide plant-based, locally sourced ingredients in the daily meals for our participants. We also aim to eliminate single-use plastics and opt for reusable porcelain or biodegradable alternatives.

Stimulate the EAIE community to take action

Stimulate the EAIE community to take action

Leading up to the conference, we encourage participants to travel green and take the train where possible in partnership with CANIE. During the conference, we ask conference participants and exhibitors to make conscious choices when it comes to transport, food, water and electricity consumption.