10th June 2009
Mixing it with Tesco, MediaCom, BT, Marriott Hotels and other heavy weight brands, the live event marketing sector triumphed last month when the Best Green Companies in Britain were revealed in the second Sunday Times Green List - the definitive guide to businesses with the most radically improved environmental performances.
An ESSA and AEV member both made it onto the list recognised as Best Small companies with a Medium environmental impact. Nimlok, the exhibition and events display providers, ranked 19th, out pointing PricewaterhouseCoopers, Cannon UK and AXA PPP Healthcare while ExCeL London, came in 44th out of 60 in front of ASDA, Eurostar and other household names.
"It's fantastic to see both an AEV member (ExCeL London) and an ESSA member (Nimlok) in this prestigious list,” comments EIA’s Tom Treverton. “The incredible work of these companies within the environmental field is symbolic of a UK events industry that takes matters of sustainability extremely seriously. The countless inventive green initiatives and self-regulative policies of events industry stakeholders embodies the forward-thinking sprit of a sector, that strives to improve its environmental, social and economic credentials.
AEO, AEV and ESSA work tirelessly to assist their members to progress along sustainable routes. The associations, for example, were and remain central to the development and delivery of BS 8901, the industry's very own (requested) standard for sustainable event management. Furthermore, both AEV and ESSA run regular meetings of their Sustainability Working Groups, where contacts working at both venue and supplier companies come together to discuss issues, develop best practise policies, and deliver collective progressive initiatives for the benefit of the entire industry."
July sees the launch of a major new online resource for AEO, AEV and ESSA members covering BS 8901 and other sustainability issues that will help companies in this important area and might even help them make the Best Green Companies in Britain list next year.