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HR Expo lays Down Green Challenge

5th September, 2008

HR Expo lays Down Green Challenge

Simon Scott


The human resources industry laid down the 'green challenge' to the rest of Wellington last week by organising and running its 2008 HR Expo on green principles.

All of the 45 corporate and local government exhibitors participating at this annual event held at Wellington Town Hall had to actively work to reduce their ecological footprint.

This was done by giving out a 'Sustainability Skiteboard' to all exhibitors who had to list and display all the steps they had taken to make their booth environmentally sustainable.

It is a way of making them think hard about what they are doing here and come up with new and interesting ways to be more environmentally friendly, says event organiser Keri Bloomfield.

“It is a great idea and all the exhibitors have been getting on board.”

Exhibitors came up with sustainable gifts to give out instead of a plastic pen or pile of promotional brochers.

Recruitment advertising exhibitor Haines gave out manuka seed pallet and pot sets to clients.

“We want to encourage people to get out and grow trees,” says Haines representative Nicola Davies.

Exhibitors dreamed up numerous other ways to be more sustainable, including using only recyclable paper, directing customers to online resources instead of paper, taking public transport and even refusing to take client's business cards.

Sustainability was chosen as the theme of this years expo because it is one of the key concerns of the human resources industry, Ms Bloomfield says.

“Sustainability is not just about being green, it is also about companies maintaining a sustainable work force.”


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