Our Events and Sustainability Practices
Over the next few months, we want to share with you how FNF (Florence Nightingale Foundation) is committed to our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) statement, which we launched earlier this year.
In the first of a series of blogs, we hear from Anna D’Angelo, FNF’s Events Manager, who tells us more about how we run our events whilst being as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible.
“At the Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF) we have an exciting events programme that brings nurses and midwives together for collaboration and connection. We are committed to running events that reflect our dedication to supporting responsible practices and lessening carbon footprints in line with our ESG statement.
FNF contributes to sustainable events through our catering, materials, travel, and venue choices:
When thinking of catering options, we:
- Opt for plant-based catering when available.
- Opt for menu choices with minimal packaging (ideally in recyclable or biodegradable containers).
- Reduce plastic water bottle usage by using refillable water jugs.
Where information needs to be shared pre, during, and post event:
- Share agendas and handouts digitally instead of using printed materials.
- Ensure we print on recycled paper if printing is necessary.
- Use reusable signage.
- Use reusable name badges.
- Provide e-tickets (examples highlighted below).
- Use digital/erasable whiteboards.
When it comes to travel, we:
- Strongly encouraging delegates to use public transport.
- Encourage car-sharing.
And when selecting venues, we choose those with:
- Strong transport links and cycling facilities.
- Recycling facilities.
- A commitment to sustainability.
At each event, we demonstrate our commitment to sustainability in a variety of ways – we aim to minimise waste, conserve resources, and make eco-friendly choices when planning and executing an event, whilst continuing to provide event opportunities that fully engage and inspire our community.”