Sustainability at One Of A Kind
Last updated: Feb 10, 2022
Rooted in our purpose to champion creativity, the One Of A Kind Shows bring together a community of like-minded individuals to exchange ideas, stories and objects through the culture of craft.
Our aim at One Of A Kind is to become an ever more sustainable, positive impact business. Not only are we committed to running our events in an environmentally and socially responsible way, but we also strive to go further and inspire the sustainable development of the industry we serve, and the community we foster.
We have lots of work to do and we acknowledge this will be an ongoing process. Be sure to check back as we share updates on our progress.
Our Three Aims
We believe a sustainable event focuses on three key aims, and here are some of the steps we have taken so far.
Our approach is to focus on areas where we make the most significant contributions: our operations, our content, and our communities. We believe in making small but consistent steps in each of these domains. With every event, our commitment is to build upon what we have started so that we can continue to learn, grow, and accelerate change.
Inspiring Sustainable Development
What this means: We need to ensure we are evolving how we do business so we can make a positive impact socially, economically, and environmentally. Through our efforts, we also want to inspire everyone involved—our staff, visitors, exhibitors, and partners to move the dial forward.
Fueling the Local Economy
Since 1975, we have been providing a platform for small businesses to build their brands, expand their audiences and to sell direct to consumers. In Canada, small businesses are the country’s largest employer, putting more than 8.4 million Canadians to work. At our Winter Show in 2021, One Of A Kind facilitated more than $15 million in product sales on the show floor. When people come to One Of A Kind, they are not simply buying a beautiful product, their purchases are also fueling the operation of small businesses, in turn contributing to the health of the local economy.
We offer various entry level exhibition options, along with scholarships for first time exhibitors, newly launched businesses and out of province vendors to help alleviate the cost of doing the show. Click here to learn more.
A portion of our Rising Stars Section (a section for first-time exhibitors) is reserved in priority for makers and artisans who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, or Persons of Colour (BIPOC). Those selected will also receive 50% off their exhibit space in this entry-level section. We are working towards reserving 50% of the Rising Stars Section for BIPOC makers.
In 2022, our goal is to reassess the scholarship program at large so that we can create more equitable opportunities and holistic support for diverse talents to take part in our event. Want to work together? Click here to let us know.
Since 2013, One Of A Kind has partnered with local charities at our Winter and Spring events. With the help of our generous visitors, we have raised more than $68, 000 to give back to our communities. Want to get involved, click here for more info.
Our generous visitors have the option to “pay it forward” and purchase a ticket so that a newcomer to Canada can attend One Of A Kind free of charge. Working with local partners, this program provides an opportunity for new immigrants to get to know their community and to feel inspired by creativity. This program is temporarily paused. We hope to resume this by our 2022 Winter Show.
We acknowledge that all of us have the capacity to learn, grow and change. We are committed to sharing resources on topics like cultural appropriation, inclusive language, unconscious bias so that everyone within our community can contribute, be heard, and succeed at the Show.
Running an Environmentally Responsible Event
What this means: We strive not only to produce best in class events, but also ones that work actively on reducing our carbon footprint through energy efficiency. We are also conscientious about the choices we make when it comes to energy use, waste reduction and procurement.
LEED Certified Venue
Enercare Centre is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified venue. As of January 2022, the venue has also signed the Net Zero Carbon Events Pledge—a global initiative to address climate change across the events and meetings industry, per the targets laid out in the Paris Climate Accord, to commit to achieving net zero by 2050. For more information about Exhibition Place's green initiatives, please click here.
Carbon & Waste
We work with our venue and partners to ensure all utensils and serve ware onsite are compostable. The venue management program also diverts all food waste away from landfill and into compost.
One Of A Kind is 100% powered by renewable energy through Informa's renewable energy program.
At the Show, we encourage everyone to bring their own shopping bags and reusable water bottles so that we can reduce single use waste products.
Through our partnership with GO Transit, we encourage visitors to take public transportation to attend our Show.
We take great pride in putting together a beautiful event. However, we also know that by making small changes in how we produce the Show, we can reduce our impact on the environment. Take for example, by eliminating aisle carpet, we are reducing the use of over 50, 000 square feet of carpet that can only be reused so many times before they end up in the landfill.
Currently, over 50% of our show signage are recyclable, and we reuse over 30% of signage from show to show.
In 2022, we will be phasing out the printed show guide, which will allow us to eliminate the use of over 2000lbs of paper.
Running a Socially Responsible Event
What this means: For One Of A Kind, a positive show experience needs to consider the welfare of all of our stakeholders. Our efforts need to enhance inclusivity, equality, and accessibility.
What we are doing:
Code of Conduct
We utilize a code of conduct so that our community is clear on our expectations when it comes to building safe, secure, inclusive, and respectful environments.
We encourage our vendors to complete a voluntary self-identification survey so that they can share with us type of business they run (eg. Women-owned, LGBTQ+ owned, etc). We use this information to help us build more diverse and inclusive marketing campaigns. Through this survey, we are also capturing the different languages spoken by our community, so that we can expand our media and audience outreach strategy. At the event, exhibitors and staff have the option to include their preferred pronouns and names on their show badges.
At the Show, we offer complimentary admission for the support person of a person with a disability. We also have various procedures in place to ensure we are creating the same opportunity for people with disabilities to access our goods and services in the same place and in a similar way as other participants. The One Of A Kind Show is fully compliant with AODA Customer Service Standards.
The Bigger Picture
FasterForward is Informa’s approach to sustainable business. Our efforts at One Of A Kind will contribute to our company’s ambitious commitments including: becoming zero waste and net zero carbon by 2030; embedding sustainability as a business standard by 2025; promoting the achievements of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals through our brands and enabling one million disconnected people to access networks and knowledge by 2025. When it comes to sustainability, we are moving Faster Forward. To learn more about this program, please click here.