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Silver EcoVadis Medal for ΑFEA

AFEA received the Silver EcoVadis Medal from EcoVadis for its Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy and performance, and as a result is ranked among the top 25% of companies from all sectors worldwide assessed by Ecovadis for their responsible business practices. To celebrate the completion of the assessment, EcoVadis will be planting a tree on behalf of AFEA through the organizations’ partnership with One Tree Planted.

Throughout the period 2020 - 2022, AFEA designed, developed and implemented an integrated Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility strategy in cooperation with AIPHORIA Consulting, with the aim to identify and manage issues related to relevant practices. The results of AFEA's intensive efforts in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility are significant, accredited by third-party assessment platforms such as EcoVadis. 

EcoVadis is a collaborative platform enabling companies to monitor sustainable performance of their suppliers. Its methodology covers annually over 100,000 companies from 200+ sectors, 175+ countries and 21 CSR and sustainability performance areas. The system analyzes and evaluates a company’s performance over four major categories: Environment, Labor and Human rights, Ethics and Sustainable Procurement.

As part of AFEA’s Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, a number of actions were carried out, such as: 
Development and communication of AFEA’s Vision, Mission and Values 
Stakeholders’ identification and mapping to better engage with internal and external stakeholders and to address the decision-making management efficiently.
Employee training and awareness raising on Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainable Development and Environmental Management issues.
Development and implementation of the Environmental Policy, Policy on Labour Practices and Human Rights and Code of Conduct which are communicated to all staff, subcontractors/partners and suppliers of the company.
Development of a service on the organization of Sustainable Events. 

AFEA is a member of CSR Hellas Network and a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability Strategy. AFEA has integrated CSR & Sustainable Development principles and values to its strategy and implements them in its daily operations. Furthermore, AFEA actively supports the integration of sustainable business practices in the tourism industry by offering services that benefit society and the environment, such as Sustainable Events. 
Despite the challenges faced, we continued supporting in practice the UNGC’s ten principles regarding human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption, in addition to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, contributing this way to the sustainability agenda.

Mrs. Dimitra Lygnou, AFEA, Deputy CEO of AFEA , commented:
"This Silver EcoVadis Medal and  Recognition comes as a result to our commitment to implement responsible business practices with a view to Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility, especially in challenging times such as during the COVID-19 pandemic period.  In the next period, we will continue to operate based on our values, actively supporting further integration of sustainable business practices in the tourism and meetings industry and offering services that benefit society and the environment."

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Sustainability as a key component of COSPAR2022

The 44th COSPAR Scientific Assembly in Athens was completed with delegates and audience enjoying the screening of the emblematic concert "Alpha Mission-ΔElo’s: the [uncertain] four seasons", a Vivaldi concert that took place in the island of Delos, the archaic, timeless birthplace of Artemis and Apollo and the event marked the convergence of humanity, arts and technology with the universe itself. The great message of Delos arrived in Athens with the very purpose of changing the way we think and act on the human induced climate crisis - the ultimate goal of preserving the only home we have. 


COSPAR 2022 incorporated the Sustainability component in various aspects of the meeting, from the scientific program to suppliers’ chain and social program. There were several actions, related to the Meeting that highlighted and enhanced Sustainability. Indicatively: 
  • More than 140+ volunteers, students and young scientists from the University of Athens and other academic institutions were part of the team supporting COSPAR 2022, the ultimate event on Space Research. Volunteers had also the opportunity to attend as participants in the educational program.
  • Encouraging Knowledge and Expertise sharing - This action was achieved throughout the entire Meeting Program, however special support or benefits were offered to students, such as the COSPAR 2022 Grants Program. 
  • Education for Young Leaders of the Space Community - COSPAR 2022 contributed greatly to the transfer of knowledge to the Next Generation Leadership on the Research for Space and aims in bringing young scientists closer to the Community.
  • Promotion of the City of Athens as a sustainable meetings destination and promotion of local sights and culture. 
  • Hybrid component - COSPAR 2022 was a hybrid event, with emphasis on physical participation. The digital element was fully incorporated in the meeting.
  • Support by the Hellenic Red Cross during COSPAR2022, providing medical services to all delegates and organizing team. 
  • Sustainability Actions by all Meeting Suppliers and Partners involved in the organization and execution of the meeting were encouraged. 
  • Congress Digital application and reduction of printings - A dedicated digital app has been created including all relevant information about the meeting program.
  • Catering Services - Use of local and organic food products and local recipes and presenting the local cuisine and gastronomy to the delegates.


Please visit cosparathens2022.org for more information.



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Looking forward to a “sustainable” Meetings Season!

AFEA team is in full operation and planning mode, back to in person meetings and looking ahead of a full and challenging season. Next to the safe and successful organization of meetings, SDGs, are top of the agenda. 

The 2nd half of 2022 finds AFEA team in the heat of preparation, organization and implementation for the upcoming meetings. This year we have dedicated a major part of our work in the promotion for a more sustainable profile at the basis for our meetings organization and implementation and we focus on the SDGs related to the conferences we organize. In particular Goals 1, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11.

With a mission “to promote research, current knowledge and techniques in endocrine surgery", ESES is a European reference for education in the field of endocrine surgery for all endocrine surgeons” professionals, whether they are at the beginning or the height of their career.

The objectives of the Society, as a non-profit organization with activities for public benefit, aim at the promotion of science through research and the advancement of knowledge and techniques in endocrine surgery, as well as the promotion and maintenance of high standards in the clinical practice of endocrine surgery and the promotion of education and research in this field.

The MOST Forum 2022 will be held from May 27th to May 28th 2022 in the beautiful Greek island of Rhodes. 
The FORUM is one of the latest scientific and educational initiatives of the Hellenic Association of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology – HAOST and aims to provide a chance for Orthopaedic professionals to connect with colleagues and expand leadership knowledge.  


PAGE Association represents a community with a shared interest in data analysis using the population approach. It is a not-for-profit organisation with a registered office in England and Wales. After a two-year hiatus owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, PAGE will resume face-to-face in Ljubljana, Slovenia from 28th June to 1st July 2022!

The PAGE meeting takes place in an informal atmosphere with a vivid scientific discussion. PAGE 2022 will be held at the Cankarjev Dom and participants are encouraged to attend and present their work in the form of an oral presentation or poster. In the context of the meeting, the annual Lewis Sheiner Student Session was inaugurated, in order to honour the memory of Lewis Sheiner and to highlight his lifetime passion for student education. 

The 74th OMEP World Assembly and International Conference will be held in Greece, between 12th to 15th July 2022, a country where the ancient philosopher Plato highlighted the importance of Early Childhood Education. 
Education in early childhood and elementary school is fundamental for every individual, because it promotes holistic child’s development, offers opportunities for exploration and learning, and cultivates critical thinking and creativity. At the same time, Pre-school Education plays an important role in children’s school readiness and success, in order for them to become future active citizens. The theme for the OMEP International Conference in July 2022, is based on the need to consider and explore contemporary issues and dilemmas for Pre-school Education in the 21st century.

Cospar2022 – 44th Scientific Assembly 
The mission of the COSPAR Athens 2022 held from July 16th to 24th, 2022 is to deliver a Scientific Assembly that reflects, serves, and prolongs COSPAR’s prominence, leading role and legacy. COSPAR Athens 2022 provides all necessary means to support COSPAR’s mission to ‘assemble a worldwide community of scientists who are dedicated to international cooperation in space research’.
COSPAR Athens 2022 SPC and LOC aim to: 
Increase the attractiveness of COSPAR Scientific Assemblies by streamlining the scientific program, providing opportunities for networking between participants, encouraging and promoting participation, and creating an environment of unencumbered communication between space agencies, companies and entities interested in space research and technology with the global space research community;
Deliver an open forum of global scientific interaction and collaboration, free of any geopolitical impediments, tensions or differences;
Create a safe, zero-tolerance environment against any discrimination or harassment, as detailed in the generally accepted Code of Conduct;
Enhance and facilitate the participation of younger Associates by organizing a range of actions oriented toward or focused on them, by allowing a lower registration fee for students, by setting up a student and young associate meeting point during the Assembly, and by establishing a volunteer program for local students to support, and benefit from, the organization; and
Raise awareness within the Greek scientific community, among domestic entities with vested interests in space research and technology, and in the general public on the importance of international collaboration in these subjects and the core benefits of openly accessible top-level science to society’s continuous development and well-being.
The COSPAR Athens 2022 organization subscribes to the generally accepted Code of Conduct and is committed to enforcing it during the Assembly.

The 5th Edition of FORTE Summer Schoolwill be held in Athens, Greece from 25-29 July, 2022. 
The Summer School aims to serve the needs of orthopaedic trainees of any stage; either as an annual update or as a preparation tool for National/European orthopaedic board exams. Exchange of ideas and comprehension of diversities between the different countries will be also encouraged, not only during the scientific sessions but also the social events.

Our team aims to promote the sustainable profile of each meeting through the digital promotion of relevant sessions and at the same time encourages the organization of activities within the context of each meeting. The support of the National and Local Authorities is always critical to the successful and effective sustainability actions.


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18590
Business Travelers
173
Meetings
13673
Delegates
19732
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