• Posted: 20 June, 2016

RAI Amsterdam wins International AEO Sustainability Award

RAI Amsterdam won the Sustainability Award at the 22th AEO (Association of Exhibition Organisers) Excellence Awards on June 17. The Excellence Awards are conferred annually on businesses for outstanding contributions to the exhibition industry.

RAI Amsterdam was shortlisted in the category ‘Best Sustainability Award’, going head to head with seven other nominees including Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre and Olympia London. “The major investments made by the RAI have achieved good results,” commented the jury. “Having zero waste to landfill is a seriously impressive achievement and great efforts have been made to use local suppliers. All of the awards were hotly contested and voting was very close indeed: the RAI should be very proud of its win.”

Corporate sustainability at RAI Amsterdam
RAI Amsterdam has been working on increasing the environmental friendliness of its location and events since 2007, aiming to create a sustainable environment for encounters between people and markets both now and in the future. This has included major investments in innovative solutions to manage waste more efficiently and aim for zero waste. By constantly searching for new solutions, the RAI has achieved a recycling rate of 100%, meaning that none of its waste is deposited as landfill.

Overview of sustainability certificates RAI Amsterdam
RAI Amsterdam has been ISO-9001 (quality) certified and ISO-14001 (environment) certified since 2011. Moreover, the RAI has CSR certifications from Green Key Gold and EarthCheck Gold, BREEAM-Excellent, AIPC Gold, the highest achievable 5-hammer certificate as a recognised conference company and the Top Employer certificate. RAI Amsterdam is also associated with UN Global Compact and recently received the ISO-20121 and OHSAS-18001 certificates.

From left to right: Host of the awards Sir Lenny Henry, Mathys Taekema and Jolanda Visser from RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre, and Luke Galliana from Activate Communications.