The business

Socially responsible organisation and facilitation of events

We strive for events that - experienced by society - have a positive impact on people, markets and society. We do this together with organisers, exhibitors and suppliers. Where social damage occurs, we look for ways to minimize this.

From waste to value

From a circular perspective, we mainly focus on waste prevention. We are building awareness among organisers, exhibitors and employees, opting for reusable materials where possible and working with our partners on circular solutions for stand construction and carpeting, for example. We actively look for needs outside the RAI for re-use of materials and products. In this way we prevent them from becoming waste. During various events, we create a donation program that allows us to connect social needs in the region to items left over after fairs.

Together with the Salvation Army, we prevent food waste. Every week a three-course menu for about 50 people, composed of a return flow of food from the RAI, goes to a community centre of the Salvation Army. In addition, every Wednesday evening in the winter period, the Salvation Army hands out a hot meal in the city to more than 100 homeless people, from the return flows of the RAI, composed by our kitchen.

High-quality recycling and attention to waste separation

Where waste cannot yet be prevented, we work together with our partner CSU and its subcontractor Beelen on high-quality recycling and we have 0% landfill. There is a lot of attention for waste separation on the exhibition floor. As far as possible, we apply the 'polluter pays' principle for waste. In this way we make the waste producer responsible for properly separating their own waste. We offer solutions for all types of waste and for all conceivable quantities.

We also offer a range of sustainable products and services, such as circular furniture and carpet, LED lighting, plants, modular stand construction and of course food & beverage.

Food & beverage

The RAI Amsterdam chefs, also known as the Basement Chefs, work closely with local Amsterdam suppliers. These often have a biological or social focus. Under the title ‘Heartwarming Amsterdam’ , our chefs process more and more fresh products from local suppliers. The idea behind this is to give the often international RAI visitors the 'taste of Amsterdam' with more organic and local food. Moreover, a lot of savings are made on transport, because of short supply lines.

Logistics and mobility

By introducing environmental zones in the city and expanding connections in public transport, the Municipality of Amsterdam is trying to encourage its residents and visitors to choose an alternative to car traffic. At events it is important to respond to this in order to limit the nuisance and emission of CO2 as much as possible. We therefore encourage visitors to events to use other transport as much as possible, without fuel engines. The RAI is easily accessible by public transport or bicycle. Transport from suppliers to an event is clustered where possible. Moreover, there is an active search for suppliers from the region to limit both freight traffic and CO2 emissions.

Green Deal Zero Emission City Logistics

During the State of the Region in June 2019, RAI and 49 other parties signed the Green Deal Zero Emission City Logistics (ZES) on the initiative of the Amsterdam Economic Board. The signatory parties are jointly committed to delivering to cities emission-free as much as possible by 2025 and reducing harmful emissions from city logistics to zero.

Participants in the Green Deal ZES not only test new practical logistics solutions, but also combine new technologies, public-private partnerships and adapted regulations. We are fully committed to liveability, accessibility and safety in the Amsterdam metropolitan region.

You organise a responsible event together

We have developed a script for organisers and exhibitors with tips for organising an event in the RAI responsibly.


We try to minimize the negative impact of major events on daily life in the neighbourhood, the wider environment and society as a whole. We conduct an active dialogue with our stakeholders and discuss possibilities and challenges for each event. We periodically organise neighbourhood meetings to work on improving our processes together with the immediate environment.

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