Events Industry Council Recognises IMEX AMERICA ‘21 for Achievement of Sustainable Event Standards Certification

The Events Industry Council (EIC) is pleased to announce that IMEX AMERICA ‘21, the largest trade show in the U.S. for the global meetings, events and incentive travel industry, has achieved Platinum Level certification to the EIC Sustainable Event Standards.

The EIC Sustainable Event Standards are specific standards for environmental and social responsibility within the events industry. Created by the EIC Sustainability Committee in partnership with industry professionals and leading sustainability practitioners, the requirements provide event planners and suppliers with prescriptive actions for producing and delivering sustainable events. The standard specifies performance criteria in the areas of organizational management, marketing, communications and engagement, climate action, water management, materials and circularity, supply chain management, diversity, equity and inclusion, accessibility and social impact. The Event Organizer standard is one of seven comprehensive standards for environmentally sustainable meetings.

“We are proud and excited to achieve the EIC Sustainable Event Standards Event Organizer certification to the Platinum Level,” said Carina Bauer, IMEX Group CEO. “Certification to the event industry’s highest global standards gives us not only recognition for all sustainability efforts, but also a roadmap for measuring and improving our sustainable event programs in the future. We’re also committed to the Net Zero Carbon Events initiative and are on track to publish our pathway to net zero by the end of 2023. All of these milestones rely on a collective effort. Without engagement from our partners, exhibitors, suppliers and more we would not be able to make such a positive impact.”

Amy Calvert, EIC CEO added, „The Events Industry Council congratulates IMEX AMERICA ‘21 on their Platinum Level certification. This demonstrates a strong commitment to the environmentally and socially responsible practices that are needed to support long-term sustainability in our industry.“

BPA iCompli Sustainability, a division of BPA Worldwide, a nonprofit international auditing organization headquartered in Shelton, CT USA, developed the certification protocols for EIC Sustainable Event Standards and performed the independent third-party certification of IMEX AMERICA ‘21’s compliance with the Event Organizer standard. „Our certification to the event sustainability standards created by EIC, and now adopted by IMEX AMERICA ‘21, continues our long-standing commitment to promote transparency in the events industry,” noted Richard Murphy, President and CEO of BPA Worldwide.