Corporate Social Responsibility

Sustainability has always been a priority for Messe Frankfurt GmbH and, as a result, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an integral part of the company concept.

Simply Sustainable

The firm continuously expands its CSR activities and initiates new developments with the intention of adopting an increasingly value-oriented approach.

Ethical principles, fairness, legal compliance and voluntary commitments serve as a guide for successful business activities. Guidelines and best practices are the cornerstones of compliance management. Compliance is part of the code of conduct.

The "Simply Sustainable" brand brings together all of Messe Frankfurt’s activities and policies tied to this social commitment, through which the company assumes the duty to operate profitably, take care of its customers, conserve resources and maintain working places in proper conditions.

As a subsidiary, our actions are part of the company’s global commitments:

  • We donate equipment to education centers.
  • We offer safe and healthy working conditions.
  • We respect national labor laws.
  • We reject forced labor and child labor.
  • We monitor our supply chains and their subcontracting agreements.
  • We help reduce the environmental impact by using only FSC certified paper, by reusing sheets and by collecting plastic caps for recycling programs.
  • We donate equipment and furniture (PCs, hard drives, monitors, chairs, etc.)


Messe Frankfurt’s outstanding actions

Messe Frankfurt GmbH carries out a CSR plan that covers four categories: social responsibility; environment and sustainability; education & science; and commitment to culture. Among the most outstanding actions are:

Messe Frankfurt joins Net Zero Carbon Events initiative

The “Messe Frankfurt Against Copying” Program

Messe Frankfurt has signed the Net Zero Carbon Events Pledge with a view to driving forward sustainable development in the international event sector. This was initiated by the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) and is supported by various organisations and associations in the trade fair and event sector, including UFI and AUMA. All organisations that sign the pledge commit to making their events climate-neutral by 2050 at the latest. 

The “Messe Frankfurt Against Copying” Program

The “Messe Frankfurt Against Copying” Program

The Program—which is active in Argentina—seeks to make the exhibitors aware of the importance of complying with legal norms that protect the intellectual property of brands and products. To this end, our company distributes information to clients concerning the measures that must be taken before participating in the event; lawyers are made available to advise—free of charge—during the exhibition; and exhibitors are controlled to make sure they are legally constituted companies.

Adherence to the UN Global Compact

Adherence to the UN Global Compact

Since 2010, our company is a member of the UN Global Compact. It is the first German trade fair company that adhered to the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact and works to ensure that they are respected.

To the UN Global Compact

Switch over to renewable energy

As of event year 2020, Messe Frankfurt will be changing over completely to green power, sourcing 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy. This includes the power supply for the stands, halls and exhibition grounds at the company’s Frankfurt base.

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Support to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

Respect for the environment is a key. Therefore, we support the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and we use certified paper.

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carta de diversidad

Charter of diversity

Since 2011 Messe Frankfurt has belonged to the Charter of Diversity, an employer initiative for promoting diversity in companies and institutions.

Código Alemán de Sustentabilidad

Right and fair sustainability code

Since 2013, Messe Frankfurt has been member of right and fair, the sustainability code for the german-language event sector that represents the industry´s commitment with the sustainable organization of events.


Sustainability Iniciative Award

Messe Frankfurt has received the AEO Excellence Award 2023 in the Best Sustainability Initiative Category. As summed up by the panel of judges, the UK-based Association of Events Organisers (AEO) awarded this in recognition of Messe Frankfurt´s fine word, excellent statistic and long term sustainability projects.


Ecovadis Certification

In 2022, Messe Frankfurt completed an Ecovadis ESG rating (Environmental, Social and Governance) for the first time and was awarded a bronze metal. This involved examining a number of areas, namely environmental protection, labour and human rights, sustainable procurement and ethics. The company plans to continue its ESG rating.


EMAS certified

Messe Frankfurt has introduced the internationally recognized environmental management system EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) at this Frankfurt base. The EMAS validation, wich also meets the requirements of environmental management norm ISO 14001, is another milestone in the company´s efforts to reach its ambitious environmental targets by 2040 and is an important step towards establishing a sustainable trade fair sector. 

Implementation of Whistleblower System and Human Rights Strategy

Messe Frankfurt undertakes to satisfy the duties of care for human rights and the environment that are set out in the German Supply Chain Act (LkSG).

Policy statement on the human rights strategy

Messe Frankfurt’s whistleblower system

If you have any information regarding possible or actual violations of environmental protection or human rights (such as discrimination, violation of the freedom of association, unfair wage practices or failure to provide sufficient employee protection), we would ask you to share this with us.

You can reach Messe Frankfurt’s Compliance Management team at:

Messe Frankfurt GmbH
Attn.: HS 33 Compliance Management / Confidential
Ludwig-Erhard- Anlage 1
60327 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Phone: +49 69 - 75 75 60 60

You may provide information under your own name or anonymously. However, we would encourage you to communicate with us openly so that we have the option of asking questions and investigating and clarifying the situation you are bringing to our attention.

Everyone involved in processing a report and investigating the situation in question is obliged to treat as confidential the identity of the whistleblower and the persons mentioned in the report.

Anyone who reports possible or actual violations of legal regulations in good faith will receive the express protection of Messe Frankfurt. No one should be disadvantaged in any way as a result of submitting a whistleblower report. This also applies to anyone who assists you with your report or disclosure.

Messe Frankfurt Argentina’s outstanding actions

Commitment to public hospitals

We offered a preferential commercial treatment to the Cooperator of Social Action (COAS) who chose us, between 2013 and 2017, to carry out their COAS Fair of the Nations. This fair is COAS’ main source of income for their charity tasks. All profits from the Fair are allocated to public hospitals.

Active Support to the Argentine Sport Confederation for Deaf Athletes (CADES)

In 2013, together with Nueva Chevallier—a local bus company—we coordinated the logistics and transport for the Male Volleyball Teams of Bulgaria and Venezuela, and the Male National Futsal Team of Bulgaria. During their stay in Buenos Aires, they played both friendly and competitive matches against the Argentine national teams as part of their training for the 2013 Bulgarian Volleyball World Cup and 2014 Futsal World Cup.

Support for the La Rural Recycles Program

The main objective of this program is to reduce the environmental impact of the waste generated on the property, promoting the reuse of material surplus that is generated after the events —wood, glass, metals, agglomerates and ceramics—for the construction of didactic instruments and furniture for schools and social organizations, or for repairing houses in poor sections of the city. An exhibition that covers the entire La Rural generates between 800 and 1,500 kg of reusable material.