Taking Responsibility

Since drawing up its Sustainable Development Charter in 2010, TFWA has championed an environmentally- and socially-responsible approach within the duty-free and travel-retail sector.


This has taken several different forms, from the use of hybrid cars at TFWA events to helping improve the lives of people in need through TFWA Care. In all it does, TFWA strives to ensure its own actions and those of its partners show respect for natural resources and local communities. Below are some recent examples of how this approach has been translated into action.

TFWA’s annual exhibitions in Cannes and Singapore feature several initiatives designed to reduce their environmental impact.

The use of printed material has dropped substantially since TFWA launched a series of digital tools for visitors and exhibitors, ranging from a smartphone application containing information previously available only on paper to the online Exhibition Directory, Product Showcase and Review. Registration for both events is also now paperless.

In its choice of conference speakers, TFWA often underlines its commitment to sustainability. Recent presenters include former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, who spoke about the environmental and political challenges facing the world, explaining how companies can contribute to solutions and support the communities in which they are based.

Sir Bob Geldof, singer and anti-poverty campaigner, highlighted the plight and potential of Africa as well as the global impact of climate change, while Havas Media UK Chairman Lord Alan Watson emphasised how consumers increasingly expect their favourite brands to act sustainably.

Both in its own actions and by raising its members’ awareness, TFWA continues to promote a responsible approach within duty free and travel retail to environmental and social affairs.