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28 August 2018

GES Webinar: Plastics and the circular economy

GES held a webinar on 18 September 2018, at 3 PM CEST to discuss the impacts of plastic waste, how we may use circular economy principles to address them, and the opportunities this may create. The webinar will also mark the launch of GES’ new engagement programme aiming to encourage companies to adopt initiatives that address issues associated with plastic waste and pollution. Apart from GES’ representative, the session featured presentations by external experts from Zero Waste Europe and Lund University.

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To learn more about GES Plastics and the circular economy engagement programme download GES Stewardship & Risk Engagement brochure




1 September 2018

GES publishes the Communication on Progress report to UN Global Compact 2018

GES has published an annual report to UN Global Compact summarising the activities we took as part of our services to advance its Ten Principles on human rights, labour rights, environment and anti-corruption. The report covers the period between 1 August 2017 and 1 August 2018 and gives examples of our work and achievements. Use the link below to read the report.

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GES joined the United Nations Global Compact in 2004 and we are continuously committed to upholding and advancing its principles. In 2018, GES decided to change its UN Global Compact membership status from signatory to participant.


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