SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainability is one of the key elements required in making the world a better place, a place where humanity and the environment can coexist in harmony without depleting the resources provided by nature. So, at THS Armada, sustainability alongside diversity, make up our core values which are epitomised, consolidated and reinforced through all aspects of our functioning and operations. Importantly, THS Armada reaches out to a large pool of people and therefore, we believe that with this comes a responsibility to create a general awareness, stimulate discussions and encourage a more sustainable living.

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Green Room

THS Armada has dedicated an area at the career fair to bring attention to the core value sustainability. The special area is known as the Green Room. The Green Room will be a place to get more familiar with the concept of sustainability and how THS Armada works for becoming more sustainable, as well as acquainting with companies that we deem to be the frontrunners in our vision for a sustainable future. These companies have been carefully selected by the Sustainability Team, using a set of meaningful criteria developed by the team, called the Armada Sustainability Index (ASI). More information about the ASI can be found further below.

Visiting the Green Room is a key if you are interested in sustainability, the environment or social or if you just want to know how the selected companies work with sustainability. This year there will also be some fun games and competitions in the Green Room! Also, if you want to visit the selected companies and get in touch with them, remember to visit the Green Room.

Armada Sustainability Index

The Green Room companies are selected together with the ASI, of which the SDGs are one of the main aspects. You can find more information about the ASI via the button below:

Sustainability Day

THS Armada believes that it is important to talk, inform and discuss sustainability to get a better understanding of the concept and what it means in practice. To fulfil this THS Armada will dedicate a whole day to events related to sustainability. The Sustainability day takes place during the Event Week and the date is 2nd and 3rd of November.

What does sustainability mean to you?

Project Manager

1) What role does sustainability play in the work that you do for Armada?

For me, sustainability plays the role of an evaluation and prioritisation tool through which sustainable parameters are used to evaluate what THS Armada should and should not do.

2) What potential barrier and opportunity do you foresee for Armada 2023 with regards to implementing sustainability?

A potential barrier(s) that can unfold is the procurement of single use items like cups, water bottles, and handouts. Ultimately, THS Armada undertakes to limit such usage by imploring exhibitors to consider sustainability in their hand-outs, and also by reusing as much as possible.

3) How would you like to contribute to a sustainable Armada 2023?

I would like to contribute to a sustainable Armada by creating an environment where there can be a lot of ideas put forth, and where Armada takes action on the things where the organisation deems action to be taken.

4) What are some sustainable decisions that you make on a daily basis?

Mostly by monitoring social sustainability and a sustainable workload for people in the project, deciding to push people to do and act more, or let them recover based on what is needed at the given moment in time.

Head of Logistics and Fair

1) What role does sustainability play in the work that you do for Armada?

Sustainability plays a huge role in the efforts I make when it comes to the utilisation and reusability of the resources that THS Armada has. Also, sustainability links a lot to the conscious efforts and decision-making when it comes to the sourcing of goods and services that the career fair requires.

2) What potential barrier and opportunity do you foresee for Armada 2023 with regards to implementing sustainability?

From my perspective, Armada is a huge organisation with a lot of moving parts, one of which being the transportation and logistics for the manifold of company items, which of course involves the emissions of GHGs. Although, THS Armada is striving towards more sustainable solutions in this area.

3) How would you like to contribute to a sustainable Armada 2023?

Personally, I would like to see Armada make more of a conscious awareness and transparent efforts for sustainability through the decisions, based on factual information, that will have an impact on creating a fair that is both sustainable and has the potential to go beyond carbon neutrality.

4) What are some sustainable decisions that you make on a daily basis?

Related to Armada, it most concerns the food choices we make, including the reduction of food waste as well as the sourcing of sustainable food alternatives for our volunteers and utilisation of recyclable alternatives whenever possible.

Head of Web Development

1) What role does sustainability play in the work that you do for Armada?

When it comes to IT here at Armada, sustainability plays a huge role with regards to the system architecture. Also, the role of IT system capabilities and sustainability are becoming even more important and greater than ever before and so, the roles that the two play are very broad.

2) What potential barrier and opportunity do you foresee for Armada 2023 with regards to implementing sustainability?

With great potential for IT and sustainability to coincide with one another, comes barriers and so, areas that the IT and sustainability team hope to collaborate on further are A.I., systems architecture, energy consumption reductions and digitalisation.

3) How would you like to contribute to a sustainable Armada 2023?

I would like to contribute to a sustainable Armada by integrating IT systems, and its encompassing infrastructure into a sustainable foundation. Whether that may be through minimising energy usage for the IT systems that we use, or through digitalisation efforts that prevent the use of excessive materials.

4) What are some sustainable decisions that you make on a daily basis?

Ultimately, it depends on the scope and the day-to-day basis through which I believe that the small decisions are the ones that make the biggest impacts. After all, simple things such as sorting out the waste, reusing materials and reducing consumption of resources such as water are all great and impactful decisions that we should consciously strive for.

Head of Marketing and Communication

1) What role does sustainability play in the work that you do for Armada?

When it comes to marketing and sustainability, a lot of communication is relayed through digital platforms to ensure that sustainable practices are preached amongst THS Armada’s various teams.

2) What potential barrier and opportunity do you foresee for Armada 2023 with regards to implementing sustainability?

Importantly, it is not entirely possible to eliminate all forms of physical waste, and so a potential barrier could be that it might be easy to fall back into old unsustainable patterns when situations become difficult. For example, being lazy to care about waste sorting due to people feeling tired after a long day’s work.

3) How would you like to contribute to a sustainable Armada 2023?

For me, a well communicated message through the design and media groups via THS Armada’s digital platforms goes a long way for not having to rely on physical means of publicity for visibility. Also, regarding the physical campaigns, we avoid plastic as much as possible and use eco-friendly materials such as paper cups or plates.

4) What are some sustainable decisions that you make on a daily basis?

Answering this digitally for example! Of course, all team meetings and agendas for team communication are done using the drive and Slack on a daily basis, and this saves us from having to print out important documents or instructions for people to follow. Also, I now have my own coffee cup for the PG sessions which my colleagues have also adopted.

Head of Service and Sponsorship

1) What role does sustainability play in the work that you do for Armada?

I think that sustainability plays a huge role in everything we do. Also, I think that sustainability should always be incorporated into our rationale when making conscious choices about which companies and organisations we source products and services from.

2) What potential barrier and opportunity do you foresee for Armada 2023 with regards to implementing sustainability?

Since sustainability becomes more of a hot topic, the technology and the studies advances and there are more options for making sustainable choices than ever before. The digitalisation and alternative solutions for everything; from events to minimising the use of flyers and papers have increased and is no longer an excuse for not being sustainable. The barriers for sustainability is that it is often a contradiction before being sustainable from an economical and environmental point of view. Sometimes the most environmentally sustainable choice is the most expensive choice, and in those cases, we have to make a well thought out balancing of what weighs more.

3) How would you like to contribute to a sustainable Armada 2023?

As I have the responsibility of the lounges and the lunches, I will always make my choices of food and disposable products based from a sustainability perspective. My hope is also to order products from sustainable companies when it comes to merch and other clothing. Importantly, when it comes to such decisions, I will also consider the economical and social sustainability.

4) What are some sustainable decisions that you make on a daily basis?

I think that everybody can make small changes in their everyday life to be a little bit more sustainable. The small decisions I make in my everyday life are for example choosing public transport to every possible extent and carpooling in other cases. I am also trying to include more vegan or vegetarian meals in my diet. I really like the minimalist trend that is growing and I strive for living as minimalistic as I can. I believe in buying only essential things and prefer buying a few things with high quality rather than having a lot of unnecessary things. I will also always explore the options of buying things second hand or if I can borrow or rent things that will only be used occasionally.

Carbon Compensation

THS Armada 2021 climate compensated for all caused carbon dioxide emissions. Which meant that all carbon dioxide emissions were calculated and compensated for by investments in projects that contribute to reduced and avoided emissions. In parallel with this, THS Armada is working hard with reducing the use of resources and taking environmental impacts into account when making decisions. For example, all carpets at the physical fair are reused and all food served is vegetarian. The climate compensation for the year 2021 was done through Klimatkompensera.nu that manages three projects, of which two are in India and one in Panama. The emission calculations are based on various flows associated with transportation, goods, waste, food, energy usage and more during the events as well as the career fair.

THS Armada 2021 emitted 43 tonnes of CO2-emissions and will compensate for that and even more. We have compensated for 50 tonnes of CO2-emissions. A certification for the climate compensation can be seen below:

Help us become more sustainable

Do you have any ideas or suggestions to help us work more sustainable? We would love to hear them!

Contact Head of Sustainability at cameron.kennett@armada.nu