Apr 12 Anna Pakkala
In a nutshell, sustainability is all about doing more good than harm for the world as a whole. To figure out what “good” actually means, the UN Sustainable Development Goals are a good start. These 17 goals were adopted in 2015 and outline such global goals as zero hunger, affordable and clean energy for all, or sustainable production and consumption, with all goals aiming for specific targets to be reached by 2030.
Every one of us has an effect on how these targets play out, whether we actively work towards these goals or choose to look the other way. This is why sustainability is a core value at Slush: we want to be part of the solution, not the problem. Not only that, but the ability of startups to continue thriving and innovating is dependent on stable, functional markets, ample resources and global cooperation among businesses. Rocketing worldwide temperatures, unpredictable weather patterns or social unrest and inequality are not conducive to ideal conditions for practicing entrepreneurship.
Companies can work towards sustainability in a variety of ways: product innovation, better office practices, environmental management programs, or through community outreach. No matter what the combination for sustainability is though, the most important part of any company’s sustainability work is in their core business, their purpose for being. If this very DNA of a company is encouraging wasteful lifestyles or creating social injustice, a office carpooling system is unlikely to tip the scales in favor of sustainability.
At Slush, we work tirelessly to ensure that one of the most effective ways of changing the world, becoming an entrepreneur, is accessible for everyone. It pains us to think that a great idea with the potential to disrupt the status quo and make the world a truly better place might be stuck in someone’s head just because they don’t have access to the right resources or entrepreneurship isn’t seen as a legitimate career path. By providing inspiration, resources and networks for the innovators of the world, we can amplify our own efforts towards a better world through the work of the entrepreneurs that come in contact with Slush.
Of course, in the process of doing this, we leave our own footprint, and in the same way that we work to increase the good we do, we also work tirelessly to minimize the harm. This is done in real terms through our event planning and partnerships. Since 2016, Slush has been certified by EcoCompass, meaning we report yearly on key figures on waste, energy, logistics, and suppliers in our event and set yearly goals that push us to improve across these indicators. So far, we have decreased our footprint in a number of ways, including using only biodegradable disposables, buying green electricity, using recycled textiles for our volunteer uniforms, and handing out free passes for public transportation to our attendees.
Sustainability is a big word with a lot of targets, ambitions and even controversy enclosed in it. But it has never been in the identity of Slush to not try something just because it seemed hard or even impossible. Sustainability is at the core of how we work, whether that is in helping entrepreneurs with world-changing ideas or finetuning our operations for continuous improvements.
In the end, these efforts will mean that Slush left the world better than we found it.
The highly anticipated Slush Singapore X Philips Startup Challenge came to a grand close at the end of the day. Out of 22 semi-finalist and 6 finalist, Smartfuture emerged as the winner of the Startup Challenge. Smartfuture is a Singapore-based company with the mission of helping corporates measure health and wellness metrics of their workforce […]
Putting our main event in Helsinki aside for a bit… what’s going on in the rest of the city during Slush? It certainly is called Slush week for a reason. The whole city comes alive with over 20,000 Slush attendees from all corners of the world arriving in Helsinki. Awaiting them are hundreds of side […]
Welcome back to the North. We have a new approach for both our on-stage and off-stage program. What you’ll often find in tech events is an impressive lineup of amazingly accomplished and very well-known figures; founders of billion-dollar companies, the most influential CEOs, top brass journalists, and the occasional head of state. What is a […]
We are just under a week away from Stockholm! The Small Talks agenda and the speakers of the event have now been released: focusing on the collaboration of startups and corporates within traditional industry, expect to hear success stories and speakers’ personal best practices. The evening ahead of us is an opportunity to mingle and […]
Our next new speaker is a Missourian farmers’ daughter, who worked at a nuclear reactor during her studies and went on to lead the largest US technology IPO of 2014. We are proud to announce Rebecca Lynn, co-founder and partner at Canvas Ventures, joining us at Slush 2018! Being raised by farmer parents in Missouri […]
Before we get down to business… Early Bird campaign ends in a week! Get your discounted passes here. Do it now. Just do it. One of the major voices in the French tech ecosystem, co-founder of the leading platform for booking home services, and a data intelligence company founder with a keen interest to connect […]
This December, with Atomico and Orrick, Slush will once again publish the annual State of European Tech report. It is the most comprehensive deep-dive into the European ecosystem. Coming out for the fourth time, this year’s report will bring diversity and inclusion into focus, to highlight the importance of the issue at hand. Take the survey […]
Over the past 11 years, Slush has strived to become the best it can be in helping startups flourish. An important part of that has been the facilitation of startup-corporate meetups, with the help of our partners. During the recent years, we’ve seen a strong movement from the side of large corporates who find their […]
Blockchain has been more in the news lately, as this new technology is becoming less of a science fiction and more approachable to the general population. One of the fascinating applications of blockchain technology is in the energy sector, which could create new ways to produce and distribute renewable energy. So how can the blockchain […]
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