Gadden

SUSTAINABILITY

GADDEN always aspires to be sustainable in every aspect of the fair. Our vision is to inspire visitors, exhibitioners, and sponsors to strive for a more sustainable future.

OUR AMBITIONS

How we incorporate the Sustainable Development Goals into the planning and execution of the fair:

Reduce stress by building bridges between students and future employers.

Offer fun and rewarding events for our students.

Our events and business are open for all, thus we work for equal rights and respect for all.

Equal marketing, aimed to target everyone, independent of gender.

See our equality policy for more information of how we work with equality

The fair and all additional events are accessible to all people.

Events open for all, no matter ethnicity, lineage, gender, sexuality or functional variation.

Exterminate discrimination by establishing and following a clear framework, applicable both for the committee, exhibitors and students. Having a clear action plan and policy stating who should be contacted in the event of discrimination.

See our equality policy for more information of how we work with equality

All furniture used at events and fair are rental.

All cars used are hybrids.

Focus on waste disposal.

All marketing should be digital to the highest possible extent

Minimizing the usage of disposable items as well as avoiding the usage of plastic

100 percent vegetarian fair.

No weapon producing companies at the fair 

Inclusive and responsive decision-making within the project committee 

Zero tolerance for violence and harassment

Collaboration with HandinHand Sweden and Ung Cancer

Donating the revenue from the recycled cans and bottles 

Exchange and share knowledge of sustainable development

OUR SUSTAINABILITY PARTNERS

HAND IN HAND & PROJECT SUNFLOWER

Hand in Hand Sweden is a non-profit organization that works with entrepreneurship as an effective, long-term and sustainable way of fighting poverty. Through training and a supportive network, Hand in Hand helps people reach their full potential and become successful, small-scale entrepreneurs to lift themselves and their families out of poverty in the long term. 

The ongoing war in Ukraine and the rising inflation has put a lot of pressure on the world’s poor, and as a way of tackling this, Hand in Hand has started Project Sunflower in Kenya’s countryside. Since 80% of the population in Kenya are small-scale farmers, and the consequences of the pandemic and now inflation, have hit them hard, Hand-in Hand have decided to start this project which involves training in entrepreneurship and sunflower farming. Sunflowers are rich in pollen which contribute positively to biodiversity, and sunflower oil can replace the imported oil- which makes it more beneficial to the local economy. Sunflower oil is furthermore better for the environment and people’s health. 

Because of the urgency of the economic crisis and the stated benefits with farming sunflowers, GADDEN has chosen to donate the revenue from the recycling cans to Project Sunflower.  

Want to know more about Hand in Hand and  Project Sunflower? Find more information at HandinHand Sweden HERE och donate to Project Sunflower HERE.

UNG CANCER

Ung Cancer is an organization which has the aim to support young adults who have been affected by cancer directly or have near relatives and friends with cancer. Ung Cancer hopes to reduce loneliness and offers personal, financial and rehabilitative support with their platform. 

With this collaboration we offer Ung Cancer to interact with our students, also give our students the opportunity to contribute with a gift or bead a bracelet at their beading-station.

GREENTIME

Greentime is a third party certifier for sustainable events, founded in 2014. They are a great help and guide for the sustainable work we do. Greentime provides inspiration, analysis and consultation for their clients, and several lectures and online meetups. 

We are proud to call ourselves a sustainable certified event with their certification: Certifierat Hållbart Evenemang, and this certification process is redone every fair. GADDEN always strives to improve itself and Greentime is a key factor in this endeavor.

GoCLIMATE

GoClimate is a social enterprise (profit for purpose) and aims to stop climate change through reducing the carbon dioxide emissions. GoClimate helps GADDEN calculating its carbon footprint, and offers to climate compensate in several climate projects. 

This year we have chosen to climate compensate in a project in Thailand that captures methane from wastewater and turns it into biogas. The project has significantly improved local air and water quality, as well as improvements in social sustainability. We also encourage companies to climate compensate with us.

WHAT DO WE DO?

GADDEN is proud of its sustainability work and as one of the biggest career fairs in the Nordic, GADDEN has significant responsibilities regarding sustainability. Those include to inform, inspire and instruct on how to act in more sustainable ways in every possible aspect. Every day counts in order to make a difference and it is important to acknowledge that our time to act is now.  

OUR SUSTAINABILITY JOURNEY

2015
We became a certified sustainable event for the first time with Hållbart Event, Håll Sverige Rent
2017
We became a complete vegetarian fair. We also took a turn in prioritizing digital solutions with the aim to minimize our waste and footprint on the climate
2018
By the year of 2018 we started offering all exhibitors, to compensate for the carbon footprint they may create when collaborating with us. In collaboration with CoClimate, we aim to both reduce and compensate for our emissions.
2019
The collaboration with Ung Cancer began. Ung Cancer is an organization that aims to support young adults who in some way were affected by cancer and is a great part in our social sustainability.
2020
The digital fair of 2020 was not only climate-neutral but also for the first time climate-positive, where we compensated for more than 200 per cent of the fair’s and exhibitor’s carbon dioxide emissions.
2021 - 2022
New collaboration with the non-profit organization, Hand in Hand, based on a common belief in entrepreneurship education. Sustainable certified through Greentime!
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Interested in knowing more about our sustainability work?
Please see our Equality and Sustainability Policy or contact our
Head of Sustainability Emilie Westerberg at
hallbarhet@gadden.com.

GADDEN Equality Policy
GADDEN Sustainability Policy