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EIBTM's CSR Symposium - shaping the future of sustainability in the events industry

eTN Staff Writer  Nov 24, 2009

EIBTM , taking place from December 1-3 in Barcelona, achieved BS8901 3rd-party certification in 2008 and continues to show leadership by giving the industry its first chance to shape the future of sustainability during this year’s EIBTM CSR Symposium - part of the event’s comprehensive Education Program.

The EIBTM CSR Symposium will take place on December 2, 2009 from 1400 to 1630 hours in Conference Room 4.1

The interactive sessions will give the industry their first opportunity to provide input into two initiatives, which are shaping the event industry’s implementation and reporting on sustainability.

Firstly, as BS8901 starts its journey to become an international standard (ISO), attendees will learn how they can get involved with this process.

Secondly, The Global Reporting Initiative is developing a reporting framework for the event industry, and attendees will take part in a interactive session to gather their ideas and opinions related to this project.

Attendees will also hear how the Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX), an initiative of the Convention Industry Council, has developed over the past 12 months, and hear case studies from EIBTM and the COP 15 United Nations Climate Change Conference which both demonstrate leadership in sustainability.

Mandy Torrens, EIBTM’s exhibition director said: “Last year, BS8901, the British Standard for Sustainable Event Management, was conferred on EIBTM as a formal and independent endorsement of the event’s intent and business practices, which are helping to lead the way within the meetings industry. It is particularly appropriate that this year’s event is providing the first forum to harness industry opinion and to shape the future of sustainability.”

For further details on the EIBTM CSR Symposium, please contact the chair of the session, Alex Hall, on .

For further information on EIBTM and the event’s full seminar program and to pre-register for EIBTM, log onto .

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