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IMEX Group increasing sustainability and CSR initiatives in America and Frankfurt

IMEX supports World Earth Day

As a supporter of World Earth Day 2015, the IMEX Group is committing to further decreasing the footprints of its exhibitions and to encouraging CSR at both IMEX in Frankfurt, taking place on 19 to 21 May and at IMEX America, set for 13 to 15 October in Las Vegas.
Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group says: “At both shows we will be taking further steps on our sustainability journey, working closely with our partners including Meet Green, GMIC, The Venetian®| The Palazzo® and the Sands Expo®, Messe Frankfurt and GES. We’ll not only be further reducing the ecological impact of our own use of resources and material but also continuing to encourage exhibitors and buyers to contribute, making it even easier for them to help in their own way.”.

At IMEX in Frankfurt, in partnership with the Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC), IMEX will
recognise outstanding industry environmental and social initiatives by announcing the winners of the IMEX-GMIC Green Awards at the IMEX Gala Dinner, 20 May.

The awards span four categories covering key aspects of the green meetings sector: Green Meeting Award (small), Green Meeting Award (large), Green Supplier and Commitment to the Community.

Recent winners include Hands Up Incentives in 2014 for their work to build a traditional Hawaiian ‘hale’ (a thatched roof dwelling) to help local families to reconnect with their Hawaiian heritage. Sands China Ltd., a subsidiary of Las Vegas Sands Corp. was also recognised in 2014 for its initiatives to save energy, water, recycling, raise awareness and share best practices with local stakeholders.

In general, there has been a steady increase in the consciousness and participation of the industry in sustainable and CSR practices over the past decade. Visitors to IMEX in Frankfurt 2015 will have the opportunity to attend sustainability sessions at the Inspiration Hub, to pick up advice on how to make meetings and events greener, as well as contribute to CSR initiatives including USB recycling initiative – where old USB sticks are sent to schools in India to be re-used, as well as the 'Badge Back' scheme, sponsored by the German Convention Bureau (GCB), where IMEX donates money to one of two local charities for every badge deposited into the special recycling bins at the show.

The “Charity Cooking” event, on Monday 18 May, is a hands-on CSR activity where international meetings industry colleagues cook a delicious and healthy meal in a shelter for homeless people in Frankfurt, co-sponsored by Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Other initiatives of the show include the many seminars, workshops and IMEX tours about sustainable event management.

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