Expo 2020 collaborates with Dutch company Global Sustainable Enterprise System (GSES) in efforts to host the most sustainable World Expo in history
GSES’ new software platform allows World Expo to validate the sustainability performance of its supply chain.
Dubai, 07 October 2021 – Striving to be the most sustainable World Expo in history, Expo 2020 Dubai has collaborated with Dutch company Global Sustainable Enterprise System (GSES) under efforts to measure and report the sustainability performance of key stakeholders across the event. Specifically developed by GSES for Expo 2020, the tailored software platform measures the sustainability impact of the event’s suppliers’ and Country Pavilions – resulting in comprehensive rating cards, based on independent audits, that measure sustainability performance.
When organizing an event as big as Expo 2020 Dubai, keeping supply chains transparent is a challenging task. However, with the goal of hosting the most sustainable World Expo to date, it becomes an absolute must. GSES CEO Kelly Ruigrok emphasizes that “Without an all-in-one system to manage sustainability performance, it becomes nearly impossible to ensure that your supply chain and event is sustainable. Expo 2020 realized this challenge and found its solution in the GSES.”
GSES developed the software platform based on the RISE Guidelines already developed Expo 2020, the first of their kind in the region. Expo 2020 tasked GSES with developing the online RISE Guidelines on their Software Platform, which automates and facilitates the data collection of all Expo 2020 suppliers, Country Pavilions and partners’ sustainability performance.
Using the GSES rating cards, Expo 2020 was able to verify its suppliers, International Participants, and exhibitors to meet its high sustainability standards. Joining the RISE Guidelines with the software platform and ensuring everyone involved in Expo 2020 abided by these guidelines was the first step. The platform then facilitated the verification process and sustainability claims of its suppliers and stakeholders.
The collaboration between Expo 2020 and GSES came to fruition from a trade mission on innovation, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. The collaboration became official this past year with GSES then becoming a direct supplier for Expo.
H.E. Lody Embrechts, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UAE, said: ”We have adopted a wide-ranging approach to achieving our site-wide sustainability goals, underscoring our bold ambitions with grand action to integrate sustainability into all of our experiences and operations. Our collaboration with GSES is emblematic of these efforts, supported by the sustainability commitments of our stakeholders as we work together to host one of the most sustainable World Expos in history and create a meaningful, measurable impact beyond the site and our 182-day run.”
In an interview, Ruigrok radiated a sense of pride that the GSES which she founded is the supplier able to provide Expo 2020 Dubai with the process. She added, “this proves to the world that GSES truly is world leading in the field of verified ESG and sustainability ratings, with top clients that include Univé, ABN Amro Bank, IFS – and now, Expo 2020 Dubai. The most exciting moment for me is when suppliers and International Participants, once they are verified, can share their GSES RISE Rating card to communicate their sustainability achievements. I cannot wait for that moment and I am incredibly proud of my team!”
The GSES rating cards will be transparently accessible through the software platform, with Expo 2020’s RISE Guidelines having the potential to be the new eco-label across the region as other organizations adapt their sustainability-related policies.
About the Netherlands Pavilion
The Netherlands Pavilion, located at the Sustainability District at Expo 2020 Dubai, will be open to visitors starting from 1st October 2021 to 31st March 2022. The pavilion has a giant green food cone known as the ‘Biotope’ as the center of attraction. The vertical farm is covered with almost 9300 edible plants and irrigated with the harvested water from the air using innovative Dutch technologies.
With these high-tech advancements and more in offering, the pavilion aims to be a true platform for sustainability and circularity initiatives thereby, enabling visitors to experience the Netherlands’ expertise in uniting water, energy and food.
Dutch businesses, knowledge institutions and civil society organizations have specific knowledge and proficiency in these fields and can therefore, play a key role in finding solutions that contribute to a more sustainable planet. Possessing a naturally controlled climate, the pavilion’s structure is constructed using locally sourced materials that will be recycled after Expo period, minimizing its ecological footprint.
About Expo 2020 Dubai
From 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, Expo 2020 Dubai will welcome visitors from every corner of the globe to join the making of a new world, as it brings together the planet in one place to reimagine tomorrow.
· With the purpose of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, Expo 2020 will be the world’s most impactful global incubator for new ideas, catalysing an exchange of new perspectives and inspiring action to deliver real-life solutions to real-world challenge
· Expo 2020 will be the biggest cultural gathering in the world, presenting a visually striking and emotionally inspiring 182 days, as more than 200 participants – including nations, multilateral organisations, businesses, and educational institutions, as well as millions of visitors – create the largest and most diverse World Expo ever
· Expo 2020’s subthemes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability will inspire visitors to preserve and protect our planet, explore new frontiers and build a better future for everyone
· For six months, Expo 2020 will be a must-visit family destination, with thousands of events, amazing exploratory experiences, and free entry for children up to age 18
· Expo is committed to building a more equitable and just world for everyone, while keeping visitors safe by following the latest guidance of the world’s leading medical, science and health experts