Delegates at this year’s Sustainable Events Summit (SES) on 21 November will be the first to hear the findings of a major piece of industry research into how brands are incorporating sustainability into their live events.
The research commissioned by SES has been undertaken by not-for-profit sustainability specialist Positive Impact, canvassing over 100 top brands to gain a unique insight into their understanding of event sustainability. Summit delegates will receive a copy of the full report and also have the opportunity to discuss the findings with panellists and speakers taking part in the event.
Industry support for SES 2016 has been unprecedented this year. Joining delegates will be brands including EY, BP, Edelman, ITV, Unilever & Anglian Water among others.
Sponsor partners such as Banks Sadler, Fresh Group, Showslice, ExCeL the NEC, drp, GES, Fisher Productions, International Confex and Smart Group have all joined over the past week and line up with new Summit supporters 30 Euston Square, Speakers’ Corner, The Crystal and Regbox.
As well as launching the research, Summit organisers Smyle, Positive Impact, Sustainable Events Ltd and Rachel Ley Consultancy have created a programme that includes keynote addresses and interactive panel sessions.
Panellists in the first session of the day include Steven Wade of Ethical Corp, Paul Colston, Editor of Conference News and Emma Hudson, Editor of Access all Areas who will be looking at ways in which we can encourage event professionals to share their sustainability stories.
This will be followed by award-winning social entrepreneur Benita Matofska from The People Who Share, who will be giving a keynote address on the sharing economy – a global campaign which aims to build a global future of people exchanging their goods and services.
The final morning session will bring together event organisers to explore how sustainability can stimulate creativity that makes business sense.
In the afternoon, panellists will discuss how sustainability is non-negotiable in the culture of global brands and attendees will hear what to expect over the next 12 months with the backdrop of the UN Year of Sustainable Tourism, the growing focus of sustainability in academia and the next generation of event professionals.
Launching the Summit programme, Rick Stainton, MD of Smyle said: “We are very excited that this year’s Summit will see the launch of a major piece of industry research that will reveal our current understanding of the role of sustainability in live events. It will benchmark current perceptions, look at best practice and examine opportunities for our businesses within this framework.”
“People attending the Summit will receive advance copies of the report and be able to join in the discussion of the research findings. We, therefore encourage all event professionals to join us at the Summit to help us pave the way forward for greater event sustainability in the future.”
For more information, guarantee a place at SES 2016 and to be among the first to hear the research findings, visit www.sustainableeventssummit.com and use code GSESEARLY for Early Bird ticket of £130 + VAT instead of the standard ticket price of £160 + vat.