The Events Industry Council (EIC) has launched, 21 September, the first phase of its landmark Equity Acceleration Plan designed to establish a benchmark by which to measure progress for the events industry through a survey to determine the current state of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the workplace.
The survey will give respondents the opportunity to share some of their personal experiences and opinions on what is needed to improve the sector. The gathering of these insights globally is the first phase of the plan.
The results of this benchmark will inform the development of tools, resources and recommendations in the subsequent phases to provide a framework for action against discrimination in the events industry.
The Equity Acceleration Plan is part of EIC’s Centre for Sustainability & Social Impact.
Amy Calvert, CEO of EIC, said: “With over 10.3m direct jobs and over 1.5bn participants in our sector, and as the industry that at its heart fosters human connection and collaborations, we have the opportunity and responsibility to be a catalyst for meaningful and measurable change.”
Jason Dunn Sr., co-chair of EIC Equity Task Force, immediate past board chairman of National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals, and vice-president of Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau, said: “I believe that tourism empowers communities and that business events can be a driver for change. This survey is an important step toward emboldening our global industry to lead and be an example of how to move the moral compass of DE&I to the centre of everything we do.”
Mark Cooper (pictured), CEO of IACC and 2021 chair of the Board of the Events Industry Council (EIC), added: “We encourage our global community to openly share their experiences and insights so that the Events Industry Council can create the resources and support necessary to drive genuine long-term change.”
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