Sustainability & corporate social responsibility (CSR)

UP Events is located at a beautiful green location on the edge of Amsterdam. We are located in the green ‘The Gardens of West’, a self-governing region within Amsterdam, where sustainability is a key element. After nearly a century of discussion about the destination and interpretation of the four green “polders” (areas) between Amsterdam, the canal ring Haarlemmermeer, Halfweg and the N200 road, an administrative decision was made in 2007. The four areas were included in the Main Green Structure of Amsterdam and have since been further developed by the Nieuw-West district into a unique, multifunctional recreational area: Gardens of West.

Connected in our ideals, the entrepreneurs in this area are committed to sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR). On this page you can read more about what UP Events specifically and actively contributes to a better and more sustainable world. Sustainability plays a role in what we do as much as possible. In this way we work on better events, business or consumer, with the right balance between people, the environment and society.

Sustainability at our venue

  • Onsite we use a lot of natural materials and we keep as much green (trees, plants, grass, etc) as possible.
  • UP Events is part of The Gardens of West, where sustainability is key in this area. In this way we obtain our wood from a tree nursery in the neighborhood and we always try to realize our events with the smallest possible footprint.
  • We get our energy from Greenchoice. In this way we know for sure that we can meet our energy needs in a CO2-neutral way.
  • When it’s cold in the winter, we use (extra) heaters to heat our locations and meeting rooms, but only when used. This heat is generated by modern heaters.
  • We use biodiesel when we can. This is fossil free diesel, reduces CO2 emissions by 89% compared to regular diesel, had very low harmful emissions such as particulate matter, nitrogen and soot, contains virtually no sulfur particles and aromatics, is readily biodegradable and is almost odorless.
  • In order to minimize the use of the gas network, UP Events uses pellet stove heaters for almost all of its locations. That means that the front half of our complex is completely free from using gas. The pellet stoves burn on biologically obtained wood pellets which burn for a long time and are clean. The use of pellet stove heaters, in combination with the right pellets, is CO2 neutral.
  • We have opted for Beelen for the processing of our waste. They separate our waste and use it 99.45% again for reuse. Beelen stands for: closing the material circles, and this unique approach means the lowest possible impact on the environment.
  • Mid 2020 we have switched to using ecological soap and cleaning products from, among others, Marcel’s Green Soap.
  • And recently we only have ponchos made of biodegradable material. So if it rains, feel free to use a poncho from us.

Sustainability in our kitchen

  • Our menu is uncomplicated and consists of a mix of pure and sustainable ingredients. In addition, we work with as many organic products as possible, products with the Better Life quality mark and we have vegetarian and vegan options.
  • Since 2020 we offer more vegetarian and vegan options from our kitchen, so the emphasis will be less on meat, but more on honest, tasty fruit and vegetables. Not only healthier, but also better for the environment.
  • We serve fresh fries from FrietHoes. Traditionally prepared, without processing or additives and with a continuous pursuit of a zero waste policy.
De Tuinen van West
friethoes friet bij up events

UP Events core values

Our core values ​​are what we stand for and who we are. From management to every employee on the floor. We have consciously opted for a socially responsible business and mentality:

  • take care of each other (happy employees & happy clients)
  • enjoy life & work (positive & fun)
  • be better, every day (quality & ambitious)
  • do the right thing (moral compass)
  • be different (unique & unexpected)

Sustainable team building activities

In all our activities, sustainability is considered as much as possible. Moreover, we are currently developing two specific group activities, purely focused on CSR and Sustainability.

  • The plastic game
  • The CSR outing

Do you have questions about this? Or do you want to register your company, team or group for one of these new activities? Contact us via [email protected] or call us UP: +31(0)20-463 5850.

The best CSR company outings

Go to "The Footprint Challenge"

The Footprint Challenge

In the challenge, you tackle topics from inclusive business to a circular economy to raise awareness within CSR.

  • 120 minutes
  • from 10

from 24,95 p.p. Starting price, per person.

Into fresh air
Go to "CSR Company Plastic Game"

CSR Company Plastic Game

Learn everything about plastic with our plastic game. What is it made of, what is it used for and what happens to it when we are done using it?

  • 2 hours
  • from 10

from 29,95 p.p. Starting price, per person.

MVO Plastic Game Amsterdam
Go to "CSR Waste Collecting Outing"

CSR Waste Collecting Outing

Our beautiful Gardens of West are not always left clean. Play this awesome game and tackle litter at the same time.

  • 2 hour
  • from 10

from 29,95 p.p. Starting price, per person.

CSR waste collecting outing
Go to "CSR Sustainable Circularity Company Outing"

CSR Sustainable Circularity Company Outing

An educational CSR outing on sustainability and circularity. What do you run into and what could you take as first steps?

  • 1,5 hour
  • from 10

from 29,95 p.p. Starting price, per person.

CSR Sustainable Circularity Company Outing

Green Key at UP Events

UP Events aspires to achieve the Green Key. This is an international quality mark for companies in the tourism and recreation industry. By integrating sustainability, UP Events qualifies for the Green Key quality mark. Above is stated what is being done within UP with regard to parts that are covered by the Green Key.