On the way to a greener future

Our responsibility

ISPO is much more than just a venue or an international platform network. The focus is on us as people, connected in a global society. As part of this community, we have a responsibility to work together to tackle the challenges we all face.

The ISPO Group sees its responsibility as more far-reaching than just bringing people, brands and products together. It strives to have an impact beyond the issue of sustainability. In an increasingly complex world, it is crucial that our actions are based on values and scientific knowledge. We must always keep the big picture in mind, because every challenge we face directly affects other areas.

We firmly believe that sport and the outdoors can change the world - and we will harness this power.

Our sustainability initiatives

• Climate-optimized trade fair management: We focus on strategies that aim to minimize the environmental impact of our trade fairs by using resources efficiently and reducing emissions. 
(e.g.: Achieving CO₂ neutrality at Messe München by 2030 and a zero-waste strategy)

•  Climate-friendly travel: We encourage our employees and participants to choose climate-friendly travel options to reduce CO₂ emissions associated with business travel wherever possible. 
- Environmentally friendly infrastructure: We invest in environmentally friendly infrastructure and technologies on the Messe München site to reduce our ecological footprint and promote sustainable solutions. (e.g.: photovoltaic system on the hall roofs, purchase of 100% green electricity and district heating supply from geothermal energy)

 Internal training on sustainability topics: We encourage voluntary attendance at training courses, specialist events and workshops on ESG topics to raise awareness and strengthen our commitment to a sustainable future.

•  Valuable partnerships: We cultivate strategic partnerships with organizations, companies and institutions to jointly develop and implement innovative solutions to sustainability challenges.

•  Participation in community events: We take part in community events with added social and environmental value in order to make a positive contribution to society and do good together.
(e.g.: city cycling, World Cleanup Day, nationwide reading aloud day)

• Membership of the "European Outdoor Conversation Association": As a member of EOCA, we are actively committed to the protection and preservation of the natural environment and promote responsible action in the outdoor industry.

• Supporting sustainability initiatives: We are proud to support a variety of other organizations and initiatives that work to promote sustainability, biodiversity, access to nature for all and a diverse outdoor community.

At the trade fair

• Drinking water dispensers: We provide drinking water dispensers to reduce the consumption of disposable plastic bottles and ensure access to clean, free drinking water for everyone.

• Sustainable gastronomy: Our restaurateurs Able and Käfer attach great importance to the responsible use of resources, which is reflected in the food and drink on offer.
(e.g.: regional and seasonal goods, fair trade and organic products, vegetarian or vegan main courses, no single-use plastic items)- Reduction of printed materials: We minimize the use of printed materials by relying more on digital media and continuously reducing our print runs.

• More sustainable advertising materials: We use environmentally friendly materials and more sustainable printing processes for our advertising materials in order to minimize resource consumption and reduce waste - Resource-conserving exhibition stand construction: We use more sustainable materials and modular construction methods to make our exhibition stands more environmentally friendly and conserve resources. (e.g.: exhibition stand system woodi by Meplan, saving carpet in the aisles)

• Visibility of sustainability topics: We integrate ESG topics into our stage program and create places for inspiration, exchange and further education on these topics. (e.g.: Sustainability Hub at ISPO Munich and OutDoor by ISPO)

• Honoring and visibility of more sustainable products: In our awards (ISPO Textrends, ISPO Brandnew and ISPO Award), the sustainable aspects of a product or idea are generally also evaluated in order to drive industry innovations and reward them.