“Partnerships for Sustainability in and after Covid-19” was the theme of the 2021 award competition organised by the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry UFI and the jury selected Web Summit
as the winner. This recognition highlights the many successful initiatives launched by Web Summit while, as most other events, they had to pivot to virtual events until a return to physical events was possible. Their actions addressed the environmental impact of online events, maximised social impact by supporting communities in need, and used their influence to push sustainable practices with a strong "measure to manage" approach.
“We are thrilled to be selected by UFI for this prestigious sustainability award. Our unparalleled network of leaders and entrepreneurs gives us an incredible opportunity to drive positive change. We took the pandemic as an opportunity to double down on our efforts and now we look to take this momentum and build back better as we return to live events” said Peter Gilmer, Chief Impact Officer of Web Summit.
„We took the pandemic as an opportunity to double down on our efforts.“
The Chair of the UFI Sustainable Development Working Group, Stephanie Mathas, commented "Congratulations to Web Summit for their commitment and results. We also applaud the three other finalists for their strong entries: The Cape Town International Convention Centre (South Africa), Koelnmesse (Germany) and Stockholmsmässan (Sweden)”.