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Sustainability policy and progress

This is how we make a difference:

1. Influence through programming. In 2020 we welcomed 12 sustainability sessions for children and adults, in English and Arabic; 40% more than in 2019. These sessions, which included Jane Goodall, The Green Sheikh and Tony Juniper, were sold out or close to full capacity – testament to the Foundation’s ongoing audience development and marketing of sustainability.

2. Educating the next generation. Voices of Future Generations is a global writing competition that empowers children to learn about sustainability and children’s rights through creative writing. The programme in the Gulf Region is supported by HH Sheikha Hissa Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum who is the Goodwill Ambassador for the Gulf Region. The Foundation is delivering the initiative, held under the patronage of UNESCO, which highlights Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and contributes to the 2030 global targets. In its first year it has already attracted more than 1,700 registrations from 98 schools across the seven Emirates.

3. Influencing stakeholders, 360. Our Green Procurement Strategy gives preference to environmentally preferable products, to actively stimulate market demand for eco-friendly products and services. In 2019/2020, we reduced the number of printed programmes by 55% and used wood-free recyclable paper. We share our journey and supplier details with all our stakeholders to influence them to join us in our efforts.

4. Making the Festival a single-use plastic-free event. We highlighted single-use plastic to challenge people and make them think about their impact and change behaviours. Asking people to bring refillable bottles while banning the sale of single-use plastic bottles on-site lead to a tangible positive result, saving 16,830 bottles of water at the 2020 Festival.

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