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Sustainability and responsibility
Climate neutral by 2030

In a world that is increasingly demanding sustainable action, we intend to be a pioneer and a role model for companies and entire sectors while paving the way for sustainable transformation. Our focus is on being a market place that makes trade fair operations a resource-efficient as possible and is climate-neutral starting in 2030.

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"Shaping the future sustainably - with this mission, we intend to actively contribute to change towards a sustainable world.

This is why we are pursuing our sustainability efforts with an even more energetic and results-driven approach. For us, the biggest challenges in the years ahead include conservation of resources, effective waste and recyclables management as well as sustainable energy sourcing. Initial measures have long since been implemented and further ambitious projects are on the way!"

Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse GmbH

Nature – Events – Community: our triad for a sustainable market place


Together we protect the environment and the climate.

Our goal consists of reducing the CO2 emissions of our business activities as well as in the areas of logistics and mobility. In line with the City of Cologne's targets, we will achieve climate neutrality by 2030 via efficient energy management and switching to renewable energy sources.

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Together we are making our events more sustainable.

At our events, we provide sectors with a platform for the issue of sustainability and promote knowledge-sharing. When selecting our service providers, we pay attention to a high standard of sustainability. When it comes to services like stand construction and catering, the use of sustainable materials and products is important to us. We protect resources and focus on the circular economy, recycling and waste prevention.

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Together we promote social and community involvement.

We form a partnership for a socially and ecologically responsible society together with our employees, partners and other interest groups. We take an active role in cross-sector initiatives and support our employees with regard to health and training.

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Collaboration and partnerships

Requirements are constantly changing in the area of social and ecological responsibility. We therefore maintain close contact with the various stakeholders including initiatives, suppliers and customers. Together we want to develop and implement solutions for significant challenges.

Net Zero Carbon Pledge

Koelnmesse was one of the first major international trade fair companies to sign the Net Zero Carbon Pledge in November 2021. All signatory companies and organisations are committed to the goal of reducing CO2 emissions in the event sector to net zero.

The Pledge - Net Zero Carbon Events

"right and fair" sustainability code

Our subsidiary Koelncongress GmbH has been a member and supporter of the "right and fair" sustainability code since 2012. As such, our colleagues are also committed to their corporate responsibility for sustainability when organising and holding congresses and events - in all relevant economic, ecological and social aspects.

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AUMA sustainability initiative

As a member of the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA), we actively worked together on the goals and measures of the industry's strategy paper and signed the joint industry statement in August 2022. The German trade fair industry as a whole is committed to continuously reducing CO2 emissions until reaching full climate neutrality by 2040.

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As a founding member of the PropTechPowerhouse, we are part of an association that brings together renowned companies, up-and-coming start-ups and organisations. Our shared mission consists of developing holistic solutions that promote a liveable, safe and sustainable future.

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With clear standards against corruption and product piracy as well as for the safety of all employees and customers

We define clear standards, promote ethical behaviour and have implemented strict control mechanisms. This is how we contribute to a fair economy and create a working environment based on trust, integrity and well-being. The initiative is not only a sign of corporate responsibility, but also of sustainable success in a globalised world.

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Marketing the city

As a key factor in the regional economy, Koelnmesse promotes Cologne as a business location.

Economic development and city marketing

Anticorruption guideline

The anticorruption guideline ensures the legally and ethically correct handling of favours in daily business operations.

Anticorruption giudeline


Targeted security measures at fairs and events of the Koelnmesse.


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