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We are socially responsible

As the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show, ITB Berlin is also a generator of inspiration for Corporate Social Responsibility. Ecological and social responsibility is an essential task for the future and a requirement for long-term success – not only in the commercial sense.

ITB Berlin itself is committed to human rights, social justice, the fight against the sexual exploitation of women and children, and climate, environmental and animal protection.

Social Responsibility

We’re all pulling together

Integrated touristic concepts and shared commitment are required in order to be able to achieve sustainable change. That’s why ITB Berlin uses its key position on the market to promote dialogue and networking among many different actors – tourism companies, research institutes and non-profit organizations.

Together with many partners from all over the world, ITB Berlin carries out and supports numerous projects in the area of Responsible Tourism all along the tourism supply chain – for example, the new World Legacy Awards play an outstanding role.

Here you can find an overview of our CSR Partners and Projects.

We offer you sustainable know-how

We communicate in-depth knowledge at ITB CSR Day at ITB Berlin Convention, where experts from business, science and politics present important issues. We also give valuable insight via presentations, workshops and discussions at numerous CSR-Events in hall 4.1 and throughout the trade show and all year long at our ITB Academy.

ITB Responsible Tourism Networking

Take an active role yourself - participate in the Responsible Tourism Networking Event in Hall 4.1 on ITB Berlin Friday and meet potential socially responsible business partners!

Exhibitors meet trade visitors, students and like-minded people at the reputable Responsible Tourism Networking Event. Each tourism professional can step forward and give a 3minute pitch on what he or she is doing and what kind of cooperation in the field of sustainability and social responsibility he or she is looking for. No registration necessary! Just come to hall 4.1 / small stage in the middle of the hall on ITB Friday after 6p.m.! Inquiries at

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How can you get involved – as an exhibitor?

Under the heading Sustainable Trade Show Presence (PDF, 562.1 kB) we have collected a variety of offers and tips which can help you plan and carry out your presence at ITB Berlin in a sustainable way.

Furthermore, you can compensate for the CO² emissions of your flight to ITB Berlin directly on our website travel info with our cooperation partner, atmosfair, thus making your travel to the world’s leading travel trade show carbon neutral.

ITB supports ECPAT and the “Code against Sexual Exploitation of Children in Tourism” - since March 2016, our CSR Commissioner, Ms. Rika Jean-François, is an active member of the Board of the Code International.

Tourism professionals like you and your staff have the opportunity to help stop child sex tourism and abuse. Please report any suspicious acts which you may come across; only by reporting offenders can be prosecuted and children can be safe!

What has been our involvement so far?

Beyond their commitment to sustainable tourism, ITB Berlin and Messe Berlin are also involved in-house with regard to many areas of their own sustainable business development. These include saving energy, climate protection, recycling and waste management as well as mobility, reducing the usage of paper and other resources in day-to-day work. We also provide an e-mobility multi-energy-station at Jafféstraße for our customers and associates. Messe Berlin is proud of providing a certified DIN EN ISO 50001 energy management system.

You can find additional information in the Messe Berlin Environmental Protection Sheet and at All ITB Berlin activities are consolidated in the ITB Berlin CSR Fact Sheet (PDF, 1.9 MB).

CSR Event Program

Check out the CSR Event Program (PDF, 3.5 MB) of ITB Berlin 2016!

Respect childrens´ richts - in tourism too!

New Short Video of Naturefriends International & ECPAT Austria published

In many countries, children have to work in tourism – often long hours or even at night. In some destinations it is common that children are sexually exploited by tourists. Even child trafficking can take place in tourism destinations. This exploitation clearly violates international law. How can tour operators contribute to the protection of children? What can tourists do? The short video “Respect childrens´ rights – in tourism too!” provides answers to these questions.

The video is available in German with English and French subtitles on the NFI YouTube channel.

Contact our CSR Commissioner:

Rika Jean-François
Messe Berlin GmbH Messedamm 22
14055 Berlin
Telephone: +49 30 / 3038-2157

Taleb Rifai, Rika Jean-Francois and Dr. Martin Buck
Signing the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics by ITB