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Published on : Thursday, December 10, 2015
Organisations across the globe can celebrate their green activities at the IMEX-GMIC Green Awards. Applications are now open for the prestigious awards which recognise outstanding achievement in green meetings planning, sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Jointly run by IMEX and the Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC), these awards are presented at the prestigious IMEX Gala Dinner and Awards ceremony on 20 April 2016 in Frankfurt.
The awards span three categories covering key aspects of the green meetings sector: Green Meeting Award, Green Supplier and Commitment to the Community Award. Applicants are required to submit information on their environmental and social business practices taking into consideration environmental impact, economic indicators, leadership and innovation.
Environmental awareness among meeting organisers is recognised by the Green Meeting Award (large and small meetings), which judges a specific event based on a planner’s efforts to prevent and reduce environmental impact. The Green Supplier Award recognises a meeting supplier that has made innovative efforts to reduce the environmental impact of their operations. Finally, the Commitment to the Community Award honours those who have demonstrated innovative efforts to benefit a charitable initiative.
Previous winners include Destination Unlimited, Authenticore and Delta Lloyd who together scooped the Commitment to the Community Award in recognition of their eco-incentive trip working with an island community in Norway.
Sustainability and corporate social responsibility is hugely important to the IMEX Group who also run their own programmes in Frankfurt (Germany), Las Vegas (USA) and Brighton (UK) – where the company is based. In 2015 alone, over US $10,000 was raised for IMEX’s nominated charities in each city through the tradeshows. In addition, at IMEX America 2015 2,000 hygiene were made and donated through a partnership with Clean the World, which will extend to IMEX in Frankfurt for the first time in 2016.
Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, comments: “As an industry it’s important that we demonstrate how we can support the goals of the recently held COP 21 Conference in Paris, by reducing the environmental impacts of the meetings and events that we run. Through the IMEX Green Awards programme we are able to shine a light on the ‘best in class’ events and suppliers that fulfil their business objectives at the same time as supporting the environment and communities in which they take place. Our industry can and should play a huge role in driving forward this positive agenda and IMEX is pleased to play its part.”