Inforum Makes Impact on Sustainability and Social Responsibility
Inforum 2018 wasn’t all just fun and software. It was also Infor’s most successful effort yet to incorporate sustainability and social responsibility into its flagship annual customer event held Sept 24-27 in Washington, DC.
Infor partnered with local organizations and vendors to reduce, reuse, and recycle at Inforum. The company also invited attendees, sponsors, and partners to join the effort—and they responded.
Here are some of the ways:
Reduce, reuse, recycle
The Walter E. Washington Convention Center operates under a commitment to reduce its carbon footprint every day. Its “Know the Code” color-coded recycling and waste minimization program has helped make it a leader on extensive recycling initiatives and effectively employing environmentally responsible products.
After Inforum, Infor donated used props, lamps, carpets, clothing racks, mirrors, waste baskets, copy paper, and other office supplies to Pep Rally for Peace in the Streets and Rich Capital Concepts DC, two local organizations that assist the homeless and underserved in Washington.
“It’s so easy to arrange for local organizations to pick up unused items, and it feels good to give back to the local community,” said Sarah Shaheen, Infor global events senior director.
No wasted food
Excess food from Inforum was delivered to DC Central Kitchen, which distributes 5,000 meals a day to needy residents.
“We sent out over 1,000 pounds of food,” reports DG Garrity, Infor global events director, “which included 612 ready-to-eat salads and 409 sandwiches.”
DC Central Kitchen develops and operates social ventures targeting the cycle of hunger and poverty. It trains jobless adults for culinary careers and then hires dozens of its own graduates to prepare the 3 million meals it provides each year for homeless shelters, schools, and nonprofits.
All remaining food waste was composted.
Going mobile, going paperless
Inforum continues to be paperless. No printed materials were handed out to attendees. All information—from session catalog to site map to real-time updates—was easily accessible on the Inforum mobile app and digital signage throughout the venue.
Attendees were encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottle, and many did.
Leave your name
Many attendees also recycled their name badges in designated bins as they departed the conference.
“If everyone makes a small effort, together, we can make a big difference,” Shaheen said.
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