EEAA puts sustainability at the forefront

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has wrapped up its five events for Global Exhibitions Day (#GED19) with a strong call out to the industry to make ecological sustainability a major priority as well as career development and talent acquisition.

EEAA chief executive Joyce DiMascio said that #GED19 focused on three key messages for the industry including the importance of the sector to the economy, exhibitions as an effective and sustainable way of doing business and promoting “a career for life” in business events.

“These themes were embedded in the program from start to finish and they resonated strongly with delegates and partners from across the industry,” she said.

“In order for our industry to continue to grow and contribute to the economy, it’s vital that we attract a broad range of talent with the right set of skills. Sustainable business practices are at the core of what many emerging leaders look for from their employers – and the business events sector must commit to taking real steps to reducing our impact on the environment by cutting our waste output and looking at procurement with conscious regard for sustainability.”

Details were announced of several key developments including the appointment of Edge Environment as its sustainability advisors and a new partnership with Tourism Australia to support the Sustainability initiative.

Chair of the EEAA’s Environmental Sustainability Working Group, Leighton Wood, reported back to the industry on EEAA’s work over the past 12 months and foreshadowed the next stages of EEAA’s leadership work.

Edge Environment will develop a strategic roadmap for the next 12-24 months with the aim of significantly reducing the footprint of the event industry.

The EEAA will work with Yume Food to educate the industry on how to include surplus food in their procurement policies and also outlined a new partnership with Tourism Australia that will address ecological sustainability and career development and talent acquisition.

“Our strengthened partnership with EEAA is not just about bringing exhibitions to Australia but also about supporting a strong and sustainable future for our business events industry,” said John O’Sullivan, Tourism Australia’s managing director.