Welcome to our Accessibility and Sustainability page, where we are committed to making a positive impact by implementing a series of steps to ensure both accessibility and sustainability. Scroll down to explore the measures we have put in place to create a more inclusive and environmentally responsible environment.

The Festival is accessible to all... 

We ask all our attendees if they have any additional requirements as part of the registration process and make every effort to accommodate them. We're committed to making this event accessible to everyone.

  • ExCel London is designed for maximum accessibility for all events, this includes full accessibility to wheelchair users. Click here to read more about what the venue is doing to improve accessibility.

  • There is a quiet room for anyone who needs it, please feel free to come here to regulate and de-escalate.

  • There is a multi-faith prayer room located inside the hall for anyone who needs it.

  • There is no formal dress code, please dress as you feel comfortable.

  • Anyone with an accessibility requirement will be offered a different coloured lanyard so that stewards may easily identify and offer support.

  • Event staff will be wearing green t-shirts on the content stages to be more easily identified and approached for help.

  • Hearing loops are located at the front of content stages for anyone who is hard of hearing.

  • All content stages and rooms will have closed captions.

  • The Content+ option means that anyone who does not want to attend in person, for whatever reason, can still view the content across all 7 stages.

  • If you’re bringing a support animal, please visit the help desk where staff will be happy to assist with any arrangements such as supplying a water bowl or offering a place to rest.

Should you have any queries or concerns please visit the help desk during the event, or email [email protected] if your query is before the event.


The CIPD Festival of Work pushes for sustainability... 

We are working with the venue and all of our suppliers to reduce the environmental impact and increase the positive social and economic contribution of this event. Here are some of the things we are doing:

  • Our venue, London Olympia ensures that 100% of its waste output is diverted from landfill. 98% of it is recycled and the remaining 2% being recovered as waste for energy.
  • Our central London location is easy to reach by public transport.
  • Our procurement process requires our suppliers to demonstrate the steps they are taking to make their own operations sustainable. 
  • London Olympia has signed up to WRAP’s “Guardians of Grub” project to minimise food waste and ensure any surplus goes to those in need.
  • We provide water refill stations so that you can refill water bottles rather than rely on disposable packaging. 
  • You’ll receive a discount on your coffee if you bring your own cup - but if you don’t, our cups are fully compostable.
  • Your badge is made of paper (FSC certified) and no plastic badge wallets are used.
  • Our lanyards are made from recycled plastic water bottles.
  • All of our signage is recycled by specialist waste management companies.
  • We are working with sponsors and exhibitors to minimise materials they dispose of whilst at the conference.
  • We ensure that the carpet, signage, lanyards and paper used at the event are made from recycled materials and it is recycled or reused at the end of the event.
  • We have reduced the amount of printed materials which we provide to attendees by switching to digital.