Events industry makes it onto Green ListJune 12, 2009 By: Ian Whiteling, Joint Editorin Chief
Mixing it with Tesco, MediaCom, BT, Marriott Hotels and other heavy weight brands, the live marketing sector triumphed last month when the Best Green Companies in Britain were revealed in the second Sunday Times Green List – a guide to businesses with the most radically improved environmental performances.
Exhibition and events display providers Nimlok, an Events Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) member, was ranked 19th in the Best Small Companies With a Medium Environmental Impact. Nimlok outranked major companies PricewaterhouseCoopers, Cannon UK and AXA PPP Healthcare.
Meanwhile, Association of Event Venues (AEV) member ExCeL London came in 44th out of 60, beating ASDA, Eurostar and other household names.
"It's fantastic to see both an AEV member and ESSA member in this prestigious list,” said the Event Industry Association’s Tom Treverton.
“The incredible work of these companies within the environmental field is symbolic of a UK events industry that takes matters of sustainability extremely seriously. The countless inventive green initiatives and self-regulative policies of events industry stakeholders embodies the forward-thinking sprit of a sector, that strives to improve its environmental, social and economic credentials.
“AEO, AEV and ESSA works tirelessly to assist its members to progress along sustainable routes,” he continued. “The associations, for example, were and remain central to the development and delivery of BS 8901, the industry's very own (requested) standard for sustainable event management.
“Furthermore, both AEV and ESSA run regular meetings of their Sustainability Working Groups, where contacts working at both venue and supplier companies come together to discuss issues, develop best practise policies, and deliver collective progressive initiatives for the benefit of the entire industry."
July sees the launch of a major new online resource for AEO, AEV and ESSA members covering BS 8901 and other sustainability issues that will help companies in this important area… and might even help them make the Best Green Companies in Britain list next year.
For more information, visit www.eventsindustryalliance.com.