Sustainability Experience

Sustainability Presenting Sponsor, Sofidel Group

Sofidel’s Sustainability Story

Sofidel is committed to limiting its impact on the environment and creating a healthier, better future for all. As part of this commitment, Sofidel applies strict policies for the procurement of forestry raw materials. One hundred percent of the pulp used to produce Sofidel paper is certified by independent third parties, such as FSC, FSC Controlled Wood and PEFC. Sofidel is also committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and is a member of the WWF Climate Savers program. In 2021, Sofidel reduced its direct CO2 emissions by 13.1% in comparison to 2018.

Another recent accomplishment includes the company’s inclusion in the Leadership band of the 2021 CDP Supplier Engagement Rating Report. The CDP is a third-party nonprofit organization dedicated to helping companies, cities and more worldwide manage their environmental impact. The report recognized Sofidel with an A- rating, which is above the industry average for Paper & Packaging and the European and global averages.

Additionally, Sofidel is working to reduce the use of virgin plastic by 50% by ¬¬2030 compared to 2013 levels. To do so, Sofidel support Ocean Conservancy and has developed its HyTech Seas dispensers which are made from recovered ocean plastic. For more information about Sofidel’s sustainability efforts, visit Sofidel here.

Informa & Sustainability

Inspiring Sustainable Development

  • Our first aim is for our events to inspire sustainable development.
  • This is about the sustainability of the industry that our event serves. With focus on our content and partnerships, we inspire our attendees, exhibitors and event teams to deliver a sustainable event.

Environmental Responsibility

  • Our second aim is to run our events in an environmentally responsible manner. The key is considering how we can reduce our carbon footprint through energy efficiency, consideration of our energy use, waste reduction and our procurement choice.

Social Responsibility

  • Our third aim is to run our events in a socially responsible manner. This requires us to think about the impact we have on the local community and whether we are being a good neighbor. It also includes how we consider the welfare of everyone at our events, how we do business in an ethical and safe manner and how we promote equality and accessibility.

ISSA’s Sustainability Initiative

ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, established its ISSA Sustainability Committee in 2022 to develop an accessible, credible, and enduring multifaceted sustainability program for the global cleaning industry. The Committee convenes volunteer leaders from all facets of the supply chain and services sector to identify and develop resources members need (e.g., training and educational programs on sustainability, reporting tools, ESG, government requirements, et al.) for organizational improvement and responding to customers’ sustainability requests.

Although several sustainability programs exist in the universe, none focus on the unique aspects of the cleaning industry. While prior cleaning-industry sustainability initiatives have focused on green products and education, a gap exists regarding establishing recognized tools and standards for broader sustainability efforts including environmental, social equity, and governance (ESG) initiatives.

To date, the committee’s membership includes more than 140 industry professionals. Its emerging Leadership Council and Work Groups will focus on developing the specific programs and value drivers for ISSA members and the cleaning industry overall. Stay tuned as the ISSA Sustainability Committee shares its latest developments at ISSA Show North America 2023!

Environmental, Social Responsibility & Governance Education Sessions

Check out these session titles on the topic of Sustainability recently featured in the 2022 ISSA Show NA education line-up. Stay tuned as we develop more relevant content moving forward for 2023 in Las Vegas.

  • Change Leadership: Your Key to Business Results and Professional Differentiation
  • A Joint HCPA and ISSA Event: Cleaning Products: A Regulatory Update
  • Driving Business Value through Healthy Buildings
  • ESG Lighthouse Proposal
  • Redefining Cleaning for Health
  • The Future of Sustainability for the Cleaning Industry
  • Cleaning for Health to Create the Healthiest Possible Indoor Environment
  • Benchmarking Cleaning Results in K-12 Schools
  • Healthy Workplaces
  • Understanding and Maintaining Moisture Intrusion in your Facility
  • Leaning into the Health Benefits of Green Cleaning Products