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February 5, 2019

Americas: EIC Releases Event Sustainability Principles, Encourages Planners to Sign On

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On January 24, the Events Industry Council, comprising more than 30 member organizations within the meetings and events business, unveiled four principles designed to guide and motivate event organizers worldwide to embrace and implement sustainable practices in their work. These principles can be found on a new page within the Sustainability section of EIC's web site. 

A group of 18 EIC members representing both planners and suppliers convened twice in 2018—first during the IMEX Frankfurt exhibition in May and then at the IMEX America exhibition in Las Vegas in October—to identify principles that would fully encompass the idea of sustainability. This includes not only the environmental aspects of meetings and events, but also the economic and social elements that sustain workers, residents, and cultures in event destinations. In fact, the United Nations had a representative in the EIC working group to help match up the four principles to the 17 goals within the U.N.'s Sustainable Development framework that supports social and economic justice.

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