TR Sustainability Forum to make debut at TFWA’s Innovation Lab in Cannes

By Charlotte Turner |

TFWA-Innovation-Lab-logoTRBusiness and sustainability partner Duty Free Innovation (DFI) are delighted to announce that the Travel Retail Sustainability Forum (TRSF) will be exhibiting at the TFWA Innovation Lab during the TFWA World Exhibition in Cannes later this month (30 September-4 October).


The TRSF’s presence at the exhibition will enable its two founding members to reach out to industry stakeholders for the first time in person, since the Forum’s launch in July this year.


The TRSF founders will be sharing the Forum’s objectives, vision and mission and discussing how it will aim to develop and coordinate the industry’s drive for a more sustainable approach to business.


The two companies launched the initiative following discussions with key stakeholders in global travel retail which revealed both a strong will to move forward with an industry-wide sustainability strategy and the need for centralised coordination. TRSF’s founding members have initiated what they say is destined to be a collegial effort with input and investment from all corners of the industry and the globe.



Some of the Forum’s key objectives, according to the TRSF founders, are:

*To help the industry understand the challenges and extent of environmental challenges, with a particular focus on the problem of plastic pollution.

*Consolidate and coordinate the sharing of information on plastic usage and pollution and how to adopt more sustainable business practices.

*Promote initiatives undertaken by industry stakeholders to reduce the amount of plastic pollution generated through their operations as well as other sustainable business strategies and initiatives.


The Innovation Lab – of which TRBusiness is a trade media partner – replaces the TFWA’s Digital Village this year.

The TRSF has produced a Manifesto which details further objectives and initiatives planned in the short and medium term. Details will be shared during the TFWA World Exhibition on the TRSF stand.


In the coming weeks TRBusiness and DFS will establish a regular TRSF news feed online, sharing case studies, statistics, interviews and other features, which will also be disseminated via a newsletter.



Garry Stasiulevicuis, Vice President Global Commercial Strategy at DFI.

Garry Stasiulevicuis, Vice President Global Commercial Strategy at DFI (left) explains the context for the creation of the TRSF: “Pollution does not recognise borders. It is a global issue and requires global solutions.



“Of the 300 million tonnes of plastic that are produced each year, 50% is for disposable applications such as packaging and around 10% of the plastic produced worldwide each year ends up in the ocean.



Michael Barrett, TRBusiness’ newly appointed executive for Events and Corporate Social Responsibility.

“An estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide every year.


“We estimate that travel retail contributes significantly to global plastic pollution given the consumption of plastic bags and sale of plastic bottles at travel retail locations globally. We estimate around 10bn plastic bags are used and 3bn plastic bottles are sold by duty free and travel retail outlets every year.”


“We strongly believe the travel retail industry, as a global community, should be a driving force for sustainable retail, championing the cause for a single-use plastic free environment,” adds Michael Barrett, TRBusiness’ newly appointed executive for Events and Corporate Social Responsibility (right).


“From the industry-wide discussions to date, we have compiled a series of objectives and planned set of actions as part of the TRSF Manifesto, which we will be discussing at the Innovation Lab in Cannes.



“This is just a starting point though; we will be seeking both input and commitment from industry stakeholders.


Plastic-Pledge-DFI-TRBusiness“We are delighted to be part of this concerted effort to improve our global eco-system and educate consumers in the process.”


DFI and TRBusiness executives will be on the stand (A 10) at the TFWA Innovation Lab in Cannes to meet with all stakeholders to share more detailed insights and plans for the Travel Retail Sustainability Forum. To make an appointment, please contact Simon Best at DFI ([email protected]) or Michael Barrett at TRBusiness ([email protected]).



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