Sustainability has many facets

NürnbergMesse takes responsibility in many different ways: As an organiser of trade fairs and congresses, we offer important platforms for sustainability in a social and ecological sense worldwide. As places where innovations for climate protection are presented, trade fairs are part of the solution on the way to a climate-neutral economy. As a major employer and important economic driver in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region, we assume responsibility for our employees, exhibitors and visitors, as well as numerous service providers. As a company, we are committed to the responsible use of resources.

Our events are intended to be platforms for sustainable innovations worldwide.

Peter Ottmann, CEO of the NürnbergMesse


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The 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations provide the compass for our sustainable operations. When it comes to social responsibility and conserving energy and resources, we’re taking these goals seriously throughout a series of projects.


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Customer centricity and enthusiasm

Customer centricity and enthusiasm are among the most important cornerstones of our sustainability strategy. Fair dealings with our customers in a spirit of partnership are a key success factor for us.

That's why we continuously put our offerings to the test and develop new services in line with our customers' needs. In our trade show concepts, we work on an equal footing with the important associations in the respective industries. This ensures that our trade shows and congresses reflect the relevant industry trends and that trade visitors meet the right exhibitors.

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Responsible and attractive employer

For us, our employees are the key to the company's success. Their performance and commitment contribute significantly to the success story of NürnbergMesse. As an attractive employer, NürnbergMesse assumes responsibility.

We have set ourselves the goal of specifically increasing the proportion of female managers in the company. In the "Jump" mentoring program, female employees are promoted and prepared for management activities. For more than 60 percent of the female participants to date, the program has opened up concrete opportunities for career development. The proportion of female managers has increased by 66 percent since the start of Jump. With this project, we advocate for gender equality (SDG 5) and the elimination of discrimination in employment and occupation.

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Sustainable implementation of events

We see great potential in climate and environmental protection in the sustainable staging of events, which we are continuously expanding.

Measures already implemented include the 100 percent switch to green electricity and LED lighting at the trade show center, as well as the reduction of wastewater and waste. We conserve resources in trade fair stand construction, by reducing the use of carpets at our events, and by using an innovative navigation and information system instead of conventional signage. For our trade fair caterer Lehrieder, sustainability is part of the corporate philosophy.

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Environmental and energy management

The responsible treatment of the natural environment plays a fundamental role for us. We meet our great ecological responsibility with comprehensive environmental and energy management.

In the development of the exhibition center, we place a special focus on sustainability. For example, the two newest halls 3A and 3C of NürnbergMesse were awarded the "Platinum" certificate of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). To achieve the certification, strict specifications were implemented in the design and construction of the halls with regard to ecological, social and economic aspects. In this way, we are contributing to the sustainable development of our city (SDG 11).

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Digital formats

We are convinced that personal exchange and direct physical experience will continue to be at the heart of trade show events in the future - and that digital formats will additionally enrich them.

That is why we have set ourselves the goal of successively increasing the number of events with additional digital offerings by 2025, so that exhibitors and visitors can also present their products and services in virtual space. In this way, we make it easier for people, especially from developing and emerging countries, to participate in our events.

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Platforms for sustainability

Numerous of our trade show formats give the topic of sustainability an important stage. Trade shows are the places where innovations for climate protection are presented compactly for an entire industry. This makes them part of the solution on the way to a climate-neutral economy.

Our international trade shows and congresses promote broad-based and sustainable industrialization (SDG 9) worldwide and support innovations in their sectors. As an example, the world's leading trade fair for organic food, BIOFACH, contributes to spreading methods of organic food production worldwide. "Environmentally friendly packaging" is a regular focus at FACHPACK. And the EVTec congress in Shanghai is all about emission-free e-mobility.

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Regional funding

The extensive macroeconomic effects that exhibitions and congresses bring about make NürnbergMesse an important economic driver for the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region, Bavaria and Germany. We thus make a positive contribution to the socio-economic development of our region.

This is also confirmed by a study by the ifo Institute: according to this, our events generate purchasing power effects of 1.65 billion euros per year throughout Germany, around 15,000 jobs and tax revenue of over 300 million euros (Nürnberg, 2015). NürnbergMesse thus contributes to "lasting, broad-based and sustainable economic growth" (SDG 8).

Further information on the results of the ifo study can be found here

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Data protection and IT security

The ongoing digitization in all areas of the company makes data protection and IT security an important component of corporate responsibility.

We meet this corporate digital responsibility by establishing an appropriate and legally compliant level of data protection in accordance with the EU GDPR, which is continuously reviewed and expanded. An important part of this is the regular training of employees to ensure that the requirements are applied appropriately in the affected areas of the company.

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Values and compliance management

Consistent compliance with applicable law and value-driven action are a foundation of our entrepreneurial activity.

We actively support the legally compliant conduct (RKV) of our employees as well as against all forms of corruption. We have set out our ethical principles of conduct in a Code of Legal Compliance. As part of our RKV system, regular anti-corruption training and audits take place, which also include the national and international subsidiaries. In this way, we contribute to peaceful and inclusive societies (SDG 16).

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Social engagement

In the spirit of "Corporate Social Responsibility", NürnbergMesse supports voluntary activities by its employees.

In recognition, the commitment is encouraged with one day of special leave per year. In addition to projects in cooperation with the Langwasser civic association, regular voluntary activities of employees are also rewarded, which they already perform or will perform in their free time in social, charitable or religious associations or organizations.


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The NürnbergMesse hybrid power plant

Our goal is to achieve a CO2-neutral energy supply for NürnbergMesse by 2028. The NürnbergMesse hybrid power plant plays a central role in this: With solar panels on nine building roofs, NürnbergMesse will generate its own solar power on a total area of 75,000 square meters from the end of 2023.

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Save energy

At NürnbergMesse, we have already been successfully pursuing the goal of reducing the energy consumption of the company and the events in the exhibition center since 2015 with our "Energy Offensive". As a result of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine and in line with our own sustainability goals, we are expanding this commitment. You can find out here which specific energy-saving measures we will use to cut our energy consumption by 20 percent.

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Climate friendly journey

A sustainable visit to the exhibition starts with a climate-friendly journey. The direct connection of the Exhibition Center Nuremberg by subway to the long-distance rail service enables a relaxed and climate-friendly journey. Exhibitors and visitors can even travel at reduced rates with the DB event ticket. The existing charging stations will be expanded by 200 additional e-charging points over the next few years to enable visitors to travel by e-vehicle.


Tanja Rätsch
Executive Director Corporate Liaison & Sustainability
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