Visit Espoo oversees the arrangements of Espoo city receptions and hospitality for international association conferences. From 2018 onwards, as the first Convention Bureau in Finland, Visit Espoo has made a commitment to only serve vegetarian food accompanied with fish that is sustainably fished from the Baltic Sea and surrounding lakes. This commitment is part of the Finnish Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development (sitoumus2050.fi).
“This is a great step for Visit Espoo to support the city’s sustainable development goals and at the same time continue our own sustainability work towards more sustainable meetings in Espoo. Together with our pledge to leave red meat off of city reception menus, we are also aiming to reduce food waste by requiring pre-registration to events,” says Miikka Valo, Convention Manager for Visit Espoo.
Visit Espoo aims to be one of the front-runners of sustainable meetings. “We have been building a sustainable meetings region in Scandinavia since 2010 alongside Scandinavian ICCA members, and now that the Scandinavian Destination Sustainability Index has expanded to the Global Destination Sustainability Index, Espoo aims for progress there as well,” says Valo.
Espoo ranked 14th in the 2017 Global Destination Sustainability Index. The city was well regarded in terms of its environmental and social sustainability factors. However, the development of the Convention Bureau’s own activities and work was identified as an area that could benefit from improvement. Therefore, participation in the Finnish Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development opens one tangible way to develop the bureau’s work towards a more sustainable future.