EIC Sustainability


The Events Industry Council Sustainability Initiative seeks to inspire, educate and support leaders of all levels and disciplines who will manifest the transformation of the global meetings industry towards sustainability. We champion the implementation of sustainability practices and provide advocacy, education, resources, industry research and recognition of industry leadership.

Mission: The mission of the Events Industry Council Sustainability Initiative is to transform the global meetings industry through sustainability.

What is Sustainability?

The Events Industry Council promotes the perspective that sustainability, and the demands it places on our society and industry to achieve it, requires us all to be part of the solution, even with the number of challenges we face. By working together, we can create sustainability and sustainable development in the framework of our events, and in our communities.

As a baseline, sustainability requires that we source materials that fuel our society, and our events, in ways that are both ecologically and socially responsible. To achieve sustainability, the Events Industry Council believes that real leadership and a passionate effort to share knowledge will result in the increased profits, improved brand values, healthier communities, a productive environment, and the gift of a good conscience for all.

Guiding Principles

In May, 2018, the Events Industry Council hosted the first Global Sustainable Event Standards Forum at IMEX Frankfurt. We brought together leaders in the sustainability community to discuss event standards and criteria and how we can encourage adoption of these practices globally. 
Extensive discussion and debate among eighteen representatives resulted in drafting a definition for event sustainability and four guiding principles that the participants believe should underpin any sustainable event standards. We are launching a campaign to engage event organisers, suppliers, and corporations in the cause and to make a commitment to these principles.