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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.

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

Waste seperation

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

Here you can download our compact ITB-Sustainable Tourism-Program 2020 (PDF)

It's amazing how many great minds will come together! Don't miss it - see you @ ITB Berlin 2020!

Please also check out the many sessions dealing with sustainability & responsibility in tourism at our ITB Convention.

Respect children’s rights - 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