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Corporate Social Responsability

Through corporate social responsability, the World Forum aims to make a contribution to a sustainable society. This is why we developed the Ethical Program. The program consists of measures designed to truly work towards a more sustainable society. This way, we hope to become known as a conscious, reliable and creative partner.

 

Sustainability report

Memberships

Certifications

Declarations

Co2-compensation

Green Events Checklist

MVO activity

Links

Sustainability report

Corporate Social Responsibility is one of the World Forum’s core values. We publish an annual Sustainability Report, which provides an update on all our progress and new initiatives in this area.

Download sustainability report 2014
Download sustainability report 2013
Download sustainability report 2012
Download sustainability report 2011

 

Memberships

The World Forum is a member of several national and international organisations dedicated to sustainability. Within these networks, it exchanges knowledge and information related to corporate social responsibility, both within its own area of activity – the MICE market – and beyond.

UN Global Compact
The World Forum became the first location in the Netherlands to sign the United Nations Global Compact. For the World Forum and its partners, respect for human rights, safe working conditions and environmentally conscious operations are paramount concerns. The endorsement of the UN Global Compact is an extra incentive for the World Forum to continue to dedicate itself to a sustainable and responsible business climate. The World Forum has been a member of the Dutch Chapter of the UN Global Compact since its establishment in 2011.

MVO Nederland
Membership in MVO Nederland (CSR Netherlands) gives the World Forum access to a broad knowledge and network organisation within the industry in the field of corporate social responsibility and corporate citizenship.

The World Forum joined the CSR Netherlands Leaders Network (“Koplopernetwerk”) of MVO Nederland, a Dutch organisation which aims to promote CSR, in 2012. The network serves as an information exchange platform for its members, as well as a place where they can find inspiration, discuss partnership opportunities and develop new CSR initiatives.

In addition, the Leaders Network also organises networking and peer-review meetings for members offering interesting encounters, guest speakers, workshops and cases which offer concrete ideas and methods they can incorporate into their own professional activity. In addition to these kinds of networking sessions and self-development meetings, members can also use the network to position their businesses in the marketplace and become true leaders in the field of CSR. The CSR Leader Network currently includes some 35 member companies.

Green Meeting Industry Council
To keep on top of the latest international developments in “green meetings”, the World Forum is a member of the Green Meeting Industry Council, an international consultative body promoting the “greening” of the meeting industry.

In the Netherlands a few professionals have taken the initiative to found a so called ‘Dutch chapter’ of the GMIC, thus becoming the first European Chapter. The goal of this chapter is to offer her members an effective green network and education, as well as to increase in a measurable way the number of green accommodations, services and business meetings. World Forum is part of this ‘Dutch Chapter’.

Certifications

Green Key
In 2013, the World Forum earned a Golden Green Key certification for the fifth consecutive year. The Green Key is an international environmental quality mark for companies operating in the tourism and recreation industry that have a serious and demonstrable commitment to the environment. This certificate attests that the World Forum exceeds the requirements stipulated by Dutch law when it comes to caring for the environment.

ECABO
The World Forum’s Finance Department has been ECABO certified since 2011. This means the World Forum is able to supervise higher secondary vocational education (MBO) pupils enrolled in financial-administrative courses. Unlike an intern, a student completing the vocational guidance pathway (BBL) attends college one day a week and works four days a week (a minimum of 24 hours a week).

Declarations

Code of Conduct
When selecting its regular partners and vendors, the World Forum considers all aspects of socially responsible purchasing. Vendors and partners must sign a code of conduct document in which they endorse the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact, including a commitment to not deal in products that are the result of child labour. When we request our partners and vendors to sign this document, we feel we are raising awareness and getting people thinking. Download here the code of conduct.

Environmental Statement
View the environmental policy statement here.

Co2-compensation

As an organisation, the World Forum operates on a fully climate-neutral basis by compensating its CO2 emissions. We compensate these emissions through the Climate Neutral Group, a worldwide pioneer in the field of voluntary CO2 compensation services. The World Forum also compensates an additional 10% of its total CO2 emissions locally, through the Klimaatfonds Haaglanden.

During the organisation of an event we use ener­gy and cause the emission of carbondioxide. The World Forum stimulates her clients to be environmentally aware during these events. Through this calculatemodule of the Climate Neutral Group we offer the possibility to calculate and counterbalance this emission.

It is also possible to counterbalance the emission in local projects. You can find this calculatemodule on the website of Klimaatfonds Haaglanden.

Climate Neutral Group
Climate Neutral Group is committed to achieving a climate-neutral world. A world in which people and organisations both try to prevent CO2 emissions as much as possible and compensate for unavoidable CO2 emissions. Climate Neutral Group assists organisations and consumers to gain insight into their CO2 footprint, advises them on how they can reduce these emissions and offers the possibility to compensate the CO2 emissions by investing in sustainable energy and forestry projects.

Klimaatfonds Haaglanden
Klimaatfonds Haaglanden is an initiative of the municipality of The Hague and the Platform Duurzaam Den Haag. The foundation aims to promote climate-friendly working and living in The Hague and its surroundings. The Klimaatfonds helps by providing funds for local projects aimed at reducing CO2-emissions. It is their ambition to transform The Hague into a climate-neutral city by the year 2050. We aim to achieve this together with businesses, citizens, and everybody else you can be become involved.

Green Events Checklist

Focussing on our Corporate Social Responsability, we have discovered that Kermit is right: "it's not easy being green", especially when you want it to be authentic and effective. Sustainability is a journey.

The World Forum will strive to reach clear, measurable and realistic goals. These goals include the operation of our venue but also our responsability as a partner of our client meeting planners. We hope this checklist will be a useful tool in order to meet our common goals.

Download the Green events checklist

MVO activity

The World Forum is engaged with the people aspect in various areas, both within and outside of the company. This means not only the people of World Forum, but people in society. Each year, the World Forum supports a number of initiatives at the local and national level. Along with financial and material support, this also means utilisation of our expertise within the market.

 

IMC Weekendschool

The IMC Weekend School is a school for supplemental education for motivated young people aged ten to fourteen who come from underprivileged neighbourhoods. At the Weekend School locations, students follow a 2½-year programme of courses taught every Sunday by committed teaching professionals who love their job. The goal is to help these young people expand their horizons, boost their self-confidence and develop their talents. The World Forum supports the location in The Hague by providing accommodation as well as knowledge in the field of the theatre, and by offering the experience of an actual cultural performance.

 

NL Doet

Each year, the World Forum and a number of its employees participate in NL DOET, the largest volunteer initiative in the Netherlands organised by the Oranje Fonds social fund. During these days thousands of people in the Netherlands roll up their sleeves to participate in volunteer activities across the Netherlands. People demonstrate their social involvement through NL DOET by voluntarily committing to and working on improving the living environment. Employees of the World Forum have carried out a number of activities in recent years such as sprucing up a garden at the Parnassia and refurbishing the stalls at the Madurodam Manege.