Minimising the environmental impact of Drapers Sustainable Fashion Conference and Awards is important to us.

As part of our commitment to a more sustainable future, we are taking a variety of practical steps to reduce and offset our carbon emissions, and we encourage our event partners to do the same.

Below are some of the measures we are implementing at the event to reduce waste and energy consumption, and to minimise the carbon footprint of the event:


SWAG – is it valuable to the attendee? We ask to keep this to a minimum with the aim of using sustainable/recyclable or compostable materials.

NO ‘SINGLE USE’ BOTTLES – we encourage attendees to bring their own reusable bottles and provide water stations for refilling these.

GETTING TO OUR EVENTS – directions for public transport only are detailed on the event website.


The event will be held at Hilton London Bankside. Click here to read its Environmental, Social and Governance brochure.


Drapers chooses its suppliers with a bias towards those partners who take sustainability seriously.

EVENT COLLATERAL, SIGNAGE AND EXHIBITION STANDS – Our event guide programmes and tickets are electronic instead of printed. The signage we use is from Insite Graphics, which holds ISO14001 certification. Event signage is all either recyclable, reusable or used to provide community power when disposed of – none will go to landfill. All the ink is water-based and much of our signage is moving to carboard-based alternatives, recyclable in generic paper waste collections. For more information click here.

AV SUPPLIER – we have chosen our AV supplier based on its positive sustainability policy, which you can read here.

COURIERS – we request electric vehicles for our preferred courier, Santis Global. For more information click here.

TRANSPORT – employees are encouraged to take public transport to event or to travel using our ‘Uber Green’ company account. For more information click here.

TROPHY SUPPLIER – Gaudio, our trophy supplier, plants a tree for every order made.

LANYARDS – where possible, we will source lanyards that are made from sustainable materials such as bamboo, and we aim for these to be returned, disinfected and reused.


This section of the website is not just dedicated to shouting about how great we are for doing what we should have been doing all along. We need to do better. We would love to hear from you on how you think we could improve. Please email any suggestions to or you can take a few moments to complete the post-event survey that will be emailed to you after the conference and awards.