The RYA recognises that our events have an impact on the environment
Therefore, we are working to reduce our environmental impact across all our activity by making sustainable improvements.
You, our exhibitors, are a huge part of the show and have the power to make a big impact on the event’s sustainability.
Exhibitor Sustainability Pledge
As part of our efforts, exhibitors at the RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show 2024 are encouraged to consider their own impact and make sustainability improvements.
The RYA Exhibitor Sustainability Pledge is an opportunity for you to mark this commitment. All exhibitors who sign the pledge will be given a certificate to display on their stand. To join the pledge, you must meet the mandatory criteria as well as sign up to a minimum of six optional actions, shown below.
As well as a certificate for your stand, exhibitors who sign the pledge will also receive a Sustainability Pledge logo to use on your social channels, demonstrating your commitment to running your stand sustainably.
Looking ahead: from 2025, all exhibitors attending the event will be required to agree to the mandatory environmental actions to exhibit at the show.
Only offer sustainable and recyclable promotional giveaways.
Take steps to ensure your stand design and build is as reusable as possible and accessible to all.
Have an Environmental Policy laying out your environmental ambitions. If your organisation doesn't have a policy, the RYA Sustainability team would be happy to help you create one.
Work to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!
Exhibitors must commit to a minimum of six to sign up for the Exhibitor Sustainability Pledge.
Think about how you travel. Use public transport or car share where viable to get to the show.
Eliminate the use of single-use plastics on your stand and in show-related preparation and operations, including plastic bags.
Join the refill movement, ensuring you only use re-usable water bottles and/or re-usable coffee cups on your stand.
Reduce the use of paper and printing in preparation, during and after the event.
Only use FSC-certified paper and ensure as much printed material as possible is recyclable.
If staying in a hotel, consider its location (distance to the venue / accessibility to public transport) as well as the hotel's sustainability credentials.
Spread the word – share your environmental work and encourage environmentally responsible behaviour by your staff, contractors, and customers.
Make wellbeing a priority.
For more information on the pledge points check out the information on how to be a more sustainable exhibitor below. The Green Blue have also produced guidance on running sustainable events.
How to be a more sustainable exhibitor
Only offer sustainable and recyclable promotional giveaways
Think! Is the giveaway practical and useful? Can it be reused? Is it recyclable? Is it sourced from an ethical/ sustainable supplier?
No single-use plastic giveaway items.
Take steps to ensure your stand design and build is as reusable as possible and accessible to all
Avoid using dates and event details on your stand and marketing equipment.
Reuse the stand set-up, build and equipment for multiple events.
Purchase equipment that is designed to last.
Ensure equipment is as recyclable as possible when it is no longer usable. Alternatively, see if it can be donated.
Everyone should be able to attend and enjoy your stand. Ensure your stand is accessible to all, and that all visitors are treated equally.
Does your organisation have an Environmental Policy in place?
If you don’t have an Environmental Policy but would like to create one, focus on a few core areas of your operations that have a high environmental impact. Put actions in place to improve on these areas first.
The RYA Sustainability team would be happy to assist you in creating an Environmental Policy.
Make your policy available to all your stakeholders.
Work to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!
Please be mindful of waste before, during and after the event.
Try to bring as little as possible with you (but don’t forget your refillable bottle/cup).
Think about how you travel. Use public transport or car share where viable to get to the show