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    [high_env_3] => 1194
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    [high_soc_2] => 89.56
    [high_soc_3] => 85
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    [high_sup_2] => 100
    [high_sup_3] => 0
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    [Environment_rank] => 7
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    [Supplier_rank] => 11
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    [DMO_rank] => 17
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Helsinki 2019 GDS-Index Report
2019 Performance Overview
DMO
Supplier
Social
Environmental
Performance Highlights
Summary
Environmental
Supplier
Social
Helsinki's goal is to be an international pioneer and provider of solutions in sustainable tourism and events
Helsinki is committed to sustainability in all its activities. According to many international indicators, Helsinki and tourism, as well as events as part of it, are doing well in terms of sustainable development. Sustainability is developed from an ecological, socio-cultural and economic perspective. Promoting sustainable destinations and activities requires strengthening the positive effects and minimising the negative effects. It should be noted that sustainability and growth are not opposites of each other. Culturally, socially, ecologically and economically responsible choices can achieve growth in the profitability of business operations, for instance. Sustainable growth and renewal will become a reality if public and private actors and consumers change their practices responsibly and on a long-term basis. Succeeding in this also requires systematic planning, measuring, monitoring, communication and support for companies and other operators on the path towards certification and continuous development of operations. As a pioneer in the sustainability of tourism and events and a solver of future challenges, Helsinki can achieve significant competitive advantage. This also supports the economic development priority of developing business that solves globally relevant problems.
Helsinki has only one programme, the Helsinki tourism and events programme 2022-2026. For Helsinki it is integral that these sectors work closely together as they are more often than not one and the same. Additionally, sustainability should not be considered as something separate from the "real strategy". Sustainability is encompassed in all actions, hence only one programme.
Summary
Helsinki's goal is to be an international pioneer and provider of solutions in sustainable tourism and events
Does City of Helsinki have a Sustainability Strategy?
Does Helsinki have a sustainable destination certificate?
Does City of Helsinki report on its sustainability performance?
Environmental
Helsinki is committed to sustainability in all its activities. According to many international indicators, Helsinki and tourism, as well as events as part of it, are doing well in terms of sustainable development. Sustainability is developed from an ecological, socio-cultural and economic perspective. Promoting sustainable destinations and activities requires strengthening the positive effects and minimising the negative effects. It should be noted that sustainability and growth are not opposites of each other. Culturally, socially, ecologically and economically responsible choices can achieve growth in the profitability of business operations, for instance. Sustainable growth and renewal will become a reality if public and private actors and consumers change their practices responsibly and on a long-term basis. Succeeding in this also requires systematic planning, measuring, monitoring, communication and support for companies and other operators on the path towards certification and continuous development of operations. As a pioneer in the sustainability of tourism and events and a solver of future challenges, Helsinki can achieve significant competitive advantage. This also supports the economic development priority of developing business that solves globally relevant problems.
OF ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLES
OF WASTE RECYCLED
1194 ha
HECTARES OF GREEN AREA PER 100 000 POPULATION
Supplier
Helsinki has only one programme, the Helsinki tourism and events programme 2022-2026. For Helsinki it is integral that these sectors work closely together as they are more often than not one and the same. Additionally, sustainability should not be considered as something separate from the "real strategy". Sustainability is encompassed in all actions, hence only one programme.
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED HOTELS
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED VENUES
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED PCOS/DMCS
Social
83
SDG IMPLEMENTATION SCORE
90
SCORE ON SOCIAL PROGRESS INDEX
85
SCORE ON CORRUPTION PERCEPTION INDEX
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About the Global Destination Sustainability Movement

The Global Destination Sustainability Movement (GDSM) brings together the sustainability pioneers of the business and leisure tourism world, working with destinations to co-create their tourism and events strategies, benchmark and improve their sustainability performance and transform value chains in order to catalyse regeneration.

Our purpose is to engage, inspire and enable the business events and tourism industry to become more sustainable and regenerative.

 

Our Methodology

In 2022 the GDS-Index used 70 indicators that evaluate destinations sustainability performance across four key areas. If you are interested, you can read our benchmarking methodology in detail here.

City Environmental
Performance

Climate, Energy and Emissions

Resources

Air Quality

Water

Transportation

Green Areas

Water

City Social
Performance

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Social Progress

Corruption

Personal Safety

Access to Information

Health and Wellness

Inclusiveness

Supplier
Performance

Hotels

Airport

Agencies (PCOs & DMCs)

Restaurants

Venues

Academia

Destination
Management
Performance

Destination Strategy

Policy and Certification

Governance

Capacity Building

Measurement and Reports

Marketing and Comms

Client Support

Accessibility

Generating Impact

Ownership

The GDS­M is not owned by any one organisation. It is operated as a multi-­stakeholder partnership founded and endorsed by IMEX, MCI, the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and City Destinations Alliance (CityDNA). Gubi Consulting and Guy Bigwood are responsible for the management of the Secretariat.

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