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AFEA proud member of HAPCO & DES and This is Athens CVB!

AFEA CEO and President of HAPCO & DES, Sissy Lygnou,  proudly represented our Ιndustry at the official launch of the Greek Meetings Alliance, a synergy between the key stakeholders of th Greek Meetings Industry.
 
The Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organizers & Destination and Events Specialists – HAPCO & DES is an advocate of the strategic joining of forces with other tourism industry bodies, always aiming at the most effective promotion and development of the Meetings Industry in our country. In this context, the Association entered into a partnership with Athens Development & Destination Management Agency (ADDMA), through the This is Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Thessaloniki Convention Bureau, with the aim of creating the Greek Meeting Alliance initiative.
 
The Greek Meeting Alliance initiative can be considered as case study of national and international standards, a fact which contributes to the promotion of Greece internationally and attracts the interest of important partners of the Meetings Industry. The Alliance was also created during the pandemic as a response to the need of communicating and finding common solutions to the new challenges faced by the tourism industry and specifically the conference and events industry (MICE). As a matter of fact, this proves the dynamic attitude of the Association, which does not hesitate even in the most difficult times for the whole country, as well as for the tourism industry, to continue its constant work to support its members and all the professionals of the sector, through targeted actions.
 
Specifically:
 
• October 1, 2020 - 1st Open Web Forum Series- The Greek Meetings Industry – Virtual event: The results of the first nationwide survey on the effects of the global health crisis on the Greek conference and events market were presented in a virtual event with the participation of 350 professionals in the field.
• May 20, 2021- 2nd Open Web Forum Series- Insights into the future – Virtual event: The trends and new data in the market of international conferences and events were presented with the participation of distinguished speakers from abroad.
• October 25, 2022 – Greek Meeting Alliance: partnership of the three bodies: HAPCO & DES, Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau, of the Municipality of Athens, and Thessaloniki Convention Bureau, through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, held at a special event at the Athens Concert Hall, in the presence of government representatives, industry representatives, members of the three agencies, as well as media representatives.
 
The Greek Meeting Alliance aspires to set the framework for the development and promotion of the national Meetings Industry and to launch even more actions showcasing our country as a leading destination for Meetings, Incentives, Congresses, Events and Exhibitions - MICE. 
 
“The Greek Meetings Alliance sends a resounding message about the power of collaboration, but also Greece’s ability to be a leading conference destination,” said HAPCO & DES President Sissi Lygnou during the launch. “This partnership is a milestone in the history of HAPCO & DES, which always sets high goals in safeguarding and promoting Greek business and conference tourism,” she added, highlighting that Greek PCOs will show dedication to the common path.
 

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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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