3 Reasons to Use a Digital Business Card at COP26

The UN Climate Change Conference 2021 is around the corner. Here are three reasons why you should use a digital business card at COP26.

Climate change is one of the most potent threats to our world as we know it. Now more than ever it is vital that we find solutions to mitigate the devastating effects of things like deforestation and waste. Every year the United Nations holds an annual summit to combat climate change: The UN Climate Change Conference.

What is COP26?

The UN Climate Change Conference 2021—also known as COP26—is being held in the United Kingdom (UK) this year. COP26 stands for “Conference of Parties” and this year will be the 26th annual summit. According to the UN Climate Change Conference’s website, COP26 is described as, “the world’s best last chance to get runaway climate change under control”.

COP26 image from Facebook.
Image from the COP26 Facebook page.

When is COP26?

COP26 is taking place between October 31, 2021 and November 12, 2021. During this time, some of the world’s most influential people will descend on Glasgow with the goal of uniting the world in the fight against climate change. Companies, politicians, advocates and activists will gather to discuss crucial issues including  finance, energy, nature and youth and public empowerment.

How do I network at COP26?

COP26 will be an incredible opportunity for people to gather and exchange meaningful ideas which will fuel meaningful change and many more valuable opportunities. Networking continues to play an important role in forging relationships which lead to change and the humble paper business card seems both antiquated and wasteful, especially when attending a conference which focuses on meaningful, positive change. This is where the digital business card comes in.

Why should I use a digital business card at COP26?

Going digital is the right thing to do. Wasting paper needlessly at a conference that focuses on climate change seems counterintuitive. Digital business cards transform the way you network meaning that you can spend more time on focusing on what matters at COP26. We recommend HiHello—HiHello is the leading digital business card app and allows you to create and share cards for free. HiHello’s digital business cards are simple to set up, seamless to share and you can connect with anyone, from anywhere in the world via your phone.

Not convinced? Here are three reasons why you should use a digital business card at COP26:

1. Digital business cards are more sustainable

Paper business cards are limited in size and impact. How often do you remember a person by their business card and beyond that, when was the last time you received one? In part thanks to COVID-19, paper cards are becoming a thing of the past.

Digital business cards are environmentally-friendly and exist on your phone. Think about it like this: if you leave the house without your old-fashioned business cards, you’re not going to go back and get them. If you leave for Glasgow and COP26 without your phone, you’re going back to get it! By going digital, you’ll always have your business card on you. (You can even share your business card with an Apple Watch!)

Example of a United Nations COP26 digital business card.
Example of a HiHello digital business card.

2. NFC business cards create waste

Near-Field Communication (NFC) business cards are another emerging trend but from an environmental standpoint, they only contribute to needless waste. The planet does not need any more plastic and with spotty connectivity, and it can be a little awkward tapping your plastic on someone’s phone and waiting for something to (maybe) happen. A truly digital business card lives on your phone, alongside all the other important apps you need for work. When it comes to networking, digital business cards are the smart choice over NFC business cards.

3. A digital business card is the only business card you will ever need

Editing a digital business card is incredibly simple which removes the familiar headaches associated with paper business cards, like typos, title changes and printing delays. Your digital business card can be altered in seconds and updated in real time, meaning you can change it on the fly.

It’s time to leave paper business cards in the past. Digital business cards transform the process of handing someone a paper card into something that better fits the twenty-first century. If you’re ready to create a business card for COP26, you can download the HiHello app for free by scanning the QR code below (premium plans are also available, if you'd like to further customize your card):

QR code to download free HiHello iOS and Android app.
Scan the QR code to download the free HiHello app.

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