DF&TR stakeholders can register now for 2023 TR Sustainability Week

By Faye Bartle |

TR Sustainability Week 2023

The third edition of the annual TR Sustainability Week, taking place from 4-8 September 2023, will deliver a dynamic programme of insight-driven conference sessions, Sustainability Pitches, and compelling interviews – register now to view the content!

As the duty free and travel retail’s industry’s only event dedicated to sustainability, TR Sustainability Week brings together stakeholders to discuss and showcase the sustainable initiatives and services that are making a big impact, as well as up-and-coming initiatives on the radar.

Throughout the week, TRBusiness is platforming a virtual festival of sustainability-themed content – all of which will be accessible via TRBusiness.com.

Registration is now open now, so seize the opportunity to be part of this important event by clicking the button below and filling in your details in order to secure your spot.

TR Sustainability Week 2023

Industry participation is essential to help create a more sustainable future for the travel retail sector, and we encourage stakeholders from around the world to join-in the event and help us bring green solutions to the fore.

Sustainability is important to TRBusiness, so this event is 100% complimentary to attend. Registered delegates will gain access to the full event agenda.

Powerful live conference sessions 

The live conference agenda will run on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 September, from 09:00 to 17:30 (BST). There will be four 90-minute sessions per day – you can view the timings in detail by clicking the button below.

The day one keynote, on Tuesday 5 September (09:00-10:30), titled “If Not Now, Then When?”, will underline the importance of immediate and collaborative action to address climate change, ocean pollution and waste management. It will serve to showcase some best practice case studies currently underway.

Next, ‘the Green by Design’ session (11:00-12:30) will explore how industry stakeholders are innovating to ensure both packaging and store design can be more sustainable.

In the afternoon, ‘Cleaning the Closet – Sustainable Beauty & Fashion’ (14:00-15:30) will look at some of the category initiatives and best practices at play across the travel retail sector, looking at product, packaging and the impact on the planet.

Finally, ‘The Great Taste Revolution – Sustainable Trends in Food and Beverages’ (16:00-17:30) will take a deep dive into the latest food and drink trends, including how consumer behaviour is evolving and how brands are adapting.

TR Sustainability Week 2023

On day two, on Wednesday 6 September, the ‘TR and CSR – Beyond the Bottom Line’ keynote (09:00-10:30) will shine the light on some of the many social, humanitarian, educational and other sustainable development initiatives that travel retail stakeholders are pursuing to ensure a triple bottom line of people, planet and profit.

Later that morning, the ‘All Are Equal – Celebrating DEI in Travel Retail’ session (11:00-12:30) will highlight some of the ways in which travel retail stakeholders are accommodating and being more inclusive in their marketing and communications as well in their human resources policies towards all individuals.

Moving to the afternoon, the ‘Healthy Body, Healthy Body’ panel discussion (14:00-15:30) will look at how the wellbeing sector is growing in travel retail, the potential it presents for cross-category growth and how brands in the sector are communicating their values to consumers.

The final session of the day – marking the final live session of the week – is titled ‘GTR (Green Travel Retail) Thought Leaders’ (16:00-17:30). For this, we will pass the mic to thought leaders and change makers providing inspiration to their peers, ensuring GTR meets the expectations of the ever more conscious consumer. Speakers will be announced soon.

TR Sustainability Week 2023

2023 Sustainability Trailblazers and Heroes

Another essential part of TR Sustainability Week is the Sustainability Pitch initiative, which invites stakeholders to submit a video detailing their sustainability strategy, products and/or initiatives to our prestigious line up of ‘guardians’. Following the video submission, the esteemed panel will have an opportunity to engage in a live Q&A session with participants.

Each of the pitches will be evaluated by our guardians based on a range of criteria to establish if they have achieved the prestigious TR Sustainability Hero or TR Sustainability Trailblazer status.

Those who meet the standard will be awarded the coveted seal of approval to feature on their B2B and B2C marketing and communications.

Established in 2021, the Sustainability Pitch programme is designed to recognise and reward sustainable products and initiatives associated with the travel industry. The sustainability Trailblazer and Hero logos also make it easier for consumers to navigate and make sustainable choices in store.

Tracy Ross and Zoe Farmer

Left: ARIME’s Tracy Ross. Right: gateretail’s Zoe Farmer.

Confirmed guardians for this year’s edition include Tracy Ross, Projects & Design Manager, Sustainability Champion & LEED Green Associate at Aer Rianta International Middle East; Zoe Farmer, Global Director Retail Management at gateretail; Arnaud Rolland, CSR VP Lagardère Travel Retail; and Renzo Radice, Global Head Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, Dufry.

Sustainability content on-demand

Further to the pitches, a series of one-one-one interviews will be broadcast and available to watch on-demand through the week. This is in addition to news and views published at TRBusiness.com. If you have relevant news to share, please email [email protected] and [email protected].

Michael Barrett, TRBusiness

Michael Barrett on stage at the 2023 TR Consumer Forum in Vienna. Photo: Grant Pritchard Photography.

“TR Sustainability Week continues to evolve. Industry stakeholders are hungrier than ever for information on how they can build a more sustainable business,” said Michael Barrett, Head of Events and Corporate Social Responsibility, TRBusiness.

“This is due to several factors: a natural desire to be more environmentally friendly and socially responsible, firstly. Legislative measures are also driving the move towards greater commitments to sustainable business practices, meaning companies are desirous to be proactive rather than reactive. Thirdly, consumer behaviour and expectations are also influencing change.

“We saw the intense interest in the issues and sustainable solutions during the previous two editions, with thousands of views across all the various sessions, and this was further emphasised during the recent TR Consumer Forum where we had three separate sessions dedicated to sustainability during the conference.

“As always, the TR Sustainability Week will promise an exciting line up of speakers and showcase a number of new sustainable initiatives and actionable take-aways for all stakeholders.”

TR Sustainability Week 2023

The widely-read TRBusiness Sustainability Issue will also be live and ready to view during TR Sustainability Week. You can see last year’s edition by clicking here.

To find out more, please visit: www.travelretailsustainabilityweek.com

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