NATIONAL INSTITUTION FOR THE ORGANISATION OF EXHIBITIONS, CONGRESSES AND CULTURAL EVENTS
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For more than 90 years TIF HELEXPO has played a leading role in the life of Thessaloniki, and has served as one of the most powerful pillars supporting it in historically hard times, promoting it during periods of growth, and breathing life into its every sector.
Seated at the very heart of Thessaloniki, TIF HELEXPO hears the modern needs of the city and offers it multifaceted corporate social responsibility actions, in cooperation with the majority of social, cultural, and business agents from all over Greece.
Whether focused on health, the environment, sports, culture, education, or urgent needs for support and solidarity, an indicative record of such company actions proves that its social contribution goes beyond ideas and impacts the daily life of the citizens of Thessaloniki.
CSR SECTORS OF ACTIVITY
The corporate culture of TIF HELEXPO puts its people first, since it recognises that its long-term success is mainly due to them. Its employees receive further training in order enhance their skills, enrich their knowledge, and correctly implement each action they support.
That is why they regularly attend specialised seminars on subjects concerning communication, safety, joint ventures between the public and private sectors, event organising, and new technologies, while at the same time department executives participate in international events around the world. At the same time, the company follows to the letter all health and safety regulations for each of its employees, providing them with private health insurance, while ensuring the thorough maintenance of their work areas, thus creating the best possible work environment for them.
The company is especially sensitive when it comes to the environment. For decades it has ensured that maintenance is carried out and infrastructure is updated, prioritising the recycling of materials and maximising the utilisation of its natural resources. Thus, besides implementing the rules of circular economy, on the one hand it also ensures that its outdoor green spaces stay vibrant, thoroughly maintaining the trees and plants dispersed throughout the Thessaloniki exhibition centre, and on the other hand it collaborates with the Municipality of Thessaloniki at every opportunity in order to enhance the presence of nature, even outside its borders.
A recent example is the collaboration of the TIF with the Municipality of Thessaloniki for the planting of olive trees, a donation by a private individual, on the pavement of Angelaki Street, which runs along the west side of the exhibition centre.
Supporting society has always been a value of the company, expressed in practice through a series of initiatives and actions that aim at contributing to the prosperity of society as a whole. Every year TIF HELEXPO supports foundations, agencies, and important organisations, by providing congress and exhibition spaces free of charge, as a sponsor or supporter, contributing substantially to causes of public interest.
Indicatively, below are a few of it recent social solidarity actions: hosting blood donation units for AHEPA and Theagenio hospitals, in order to carry out blood drives, and providing spaces to be used as homeless shelters within the Thessaloniki International Exhibition Centre, housing blood donation and first aid mobile units of the ‘Smile of the Child’ organisation at the Helexpo Maroussi exhibition centre in Athens.
GROWTH & SUSTAINABILITY
The company’s plan for growth has priorities of decisive importance on its agenda, which will greatly impact its sustainability and will provide the boost it needs in order to move at the rapid pace required by growth and competition.
At the top of the list of projects to be implemented as part of this plan is the ambitious plan to renovate the Thessaloniki International Exhibition Centre (LINK to relevant article) and the modernisation of the means of communication and services of the company, based on digital policy and new technologies. The renovation of the exhibition centre will be a major project that will contribute to the growth and act as a landmark of the city and the broader region, while it will be implemented following bioclimatic regulations, faithfully meeting the terms of sustainable growth. As part of the metropolitan park that is being planned, based on the design of the Special Spatial Plan as it was arrived at after consultations, the city will receive approximately 50% of the current TIF HELEXPO grounds, with almost 60 acres of green space.
Indicative CSR sectors & actions
- Supporting culture directly and indirectly through creative collaborations and dynamic initiatives
- Supporting youth by sponsoring university groups that promote Excellence and Sports, and opening its doors to innovative ideas regarding synergies with the new generation
- Sponsoring events and ideas that aim to support the historical memory of the city and its citizens’ prosperity
- Providing its infrastructure to host vulnerable groups of the city in emergencies
- Systematically contributing either with goods or financially to aid after major disasters occurring in Greece
- Providing equipment, materials, and free space to services and other city agencies for the implementation of public interest works and events.
- Contributing financially to environmental projects