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Events Industry Council to Convene Industry to Promote Commonality among Global Sustainable Event Standards

Apr 17, 2018

Sustainability Leaders to Meet on May 14 in Frankfurt Prior to IMEX 

Washington, D.C. (April 16, 2018) — The Events Industry Council is calling together leaders in the event and tourism industry for the first ever Sustainable Event Standards Industry Forum to be held on Monday, May 14, 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany, prior to start of the IMEX Frankfurt show.

The concept of the forum is to bring together global organizations that have sustainable criteria or standards relating to the events or tourism industry to explore ways to collaborate.  Preliminary comparisons show commonality among many of the standards.

The anticipated outcome of this forum is to reach an agreement about how to best support the existing criteria, find areas of commonality among them and potentially combine those common criteria into one mutually supported form that could exist in each standard and globally accepted.  Additionally, the forum will address how to gain more industry adoption of sustainable event practices.

Organizations invited to this forum have produced some type of sustainable event practices or standards with varying degrees of adoption, as well as individuals who are stakeholders or have an interest in event sustainability goals. Those organizations include the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, Global Sustainable Tourism Council, UFI, World Wildlife Fund, and the Events Industry Council.  This will be the first time these organizations have come together to explore ways to mutually support sustainable practices in the events industry. 

This by invitation only forum is made possible through sponsorship from the Las Vegas Sands Corp., the Salt Lake Green Team Committee (Salt Palace Convention Center, Mountain America Exposition Center, Visit Salt Lake, Utah Food Services, PSAV) and the Events Industry Council. To inquire about participation or for more information, please contact Mariela McIlwraith,


The Events Industry Council’s more than 30 member organizations represent over 103,500 individuals and 19,500 firms and properties involved in the events industry. The Events Industry Council promotes high standards and professionalism in the events industry with the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program and signature program initiatives. The four signature programs — Sustainability, Industry Insights, Knowledge, and Leadership — represent the key initiatives, assets, services and products for the Events Industry Council. Our Sustainability Committee produces several resources and how-to guides, hosts monthly webinars on sustainable meeting practices and publishes a monthly sustainability newsletter.  Learn more at