In an effort to keep up to date with current trends in the events world, the Events Industry Council’s (EIC) Centre for Sustainability & Social Impact has reviewed its Sustainable Event Standards. Supported by the national tourist board of Colombia, ProColombia, and global entertainment company, MGM Resorts International, the new standards are the next step, and through third-party auditing, they provide credibility and transparency for our industry’s stakeholders.
The eight standards designed to assess events and industry suppliers in support of environmental and social responsibility, have been revisited to include: greater emphasis on education, tools and resources to support adoption; criteria have been expanded in areas of diversity, equity and inclusion, accessibility and climate action; a new integrated property standard was introduced; a new certification model for industry suppliers; and clear indication of the responsibilities for the event organiser and for their suppliers.
Mariela McIlwraith, CMP-Fellow, CMM, MBA, Chief Sustainability Officer at the Events Industry Council’s Centre for Sustainability and Social Impact said: “As an industry, we are making some progress in the areas of environmental action and social impact, but the reality is we need to do much more. The standards form a comprehensive framework and provide specific guidance in the areas of organisational management, marketing, communication and engagement, climate action, materials and circularity, supply chain management and social impact.”