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IAEE Achieves EIC Sustainability Certification for the Second Year in a Row

February 22, 2024

Expo! Expo! Upgrades to Silver Level for Environmental and Social Responsibility

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE) announced today that Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2023 has been recognized by the Events Industry Council for achieving the Silver Level Certification in its Sustainable Event Standards. Expo! Expo!  previously achieved Bronze Level Certification in 2022.

“We are proud to receive the prestigious Silver Certification from the EIC,” said IAEE President and CEO Marsha Flanagan, M.Ed., CEM. “Earning this certification, especially moving up a level from our previous efforts, reflects our ongoing commitment to improving our sustainability initiatives. EIC’s Sustainable Event Standards provided us with a blueprint for maximizing our resources and reducing Expo! Expo!’s environmental impact.”

The EIC Sustainable Event Standards are specific standards for environmental and social responsibility within the events industry. Created by the EIC Sustainability and Social Impact Committee in partnership with industry professionals and leading sustainability practitioners, the requirements provide event planners and suppliers with prescriptive actions for producing and delivering sustainable events.

EIC Chief Executive Officer Amy Calvert congratulated IAEE saying, “IAEE’s team has demonstrated a commitment to the environmentally and socially responsible practices that are needed to support long-term sustainability in our industry. We are pleased to see them achieve an even higher level of certification this year.”

The standard specifies performance criteria in the areas of organizational management, marketing, communications and engagement, climate action, water management, materials and circularity, supply chain management, diversity, equity and inclusion, accessibility, and social impact.

The Alliance for Audited Media, a not-for-profit auditing organization, performed the independent third-party certification of the event’s compliance with the Event Organizer standard.

“The independent certification process is a rigorous review of the company’s compliance to the EIC standards,” said Alliance for Audited Media President Richard Murphy. “We applaud IAEE on this achievement because it demonstrates their commitment to sustainable business practices and optimizing their performance year after year.”

About IAEE
Trusted since 1928, IAEE provides quality and value to its members through leadership, service, education and strong relationships. IAEE is the largest association of the exhibitions and events industry in the world, with a membership of show organizers, exhibitors and exhibition suppliers. Organizers of more than 20,000 exhibitions and buyer-seller events around the world are members of IAEE, and the organization advocates and promotes the awareness of face-to-face exhibitions and events as the primary medium for business development and growth. IAEE provides relevant, timely and innovative education to its members and the industry. IAEE recognizes its strategic partners: 4imprint, Convention News Television (CNTV), eShow, Freeman, GES | onPeak, Grit Productions and Expositions, New Orleans & Company, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and Risk Strategies Company | Buttine Insurance. Visit for more information.

About EIC
The Events Industry Council’s global federation includes 33 Association Members representing 103,500 individuals and 19,500 entities, and 22 Corporate Members with global operations and event teams in countries around the world.

EIC is the global champion for event professionals and event industry excellence. It promotes high standards and professionalism in the events industry with the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program and signature program activities. The CMP credential is recognized globally as the badge of excellence in the events industry. The qualifications for certification are based on professional experience, education and a rigorous exam.  Learn more at

About The Alliance for Audited Media
The Alliance for Audited Media delivers impartial, credible media data to help media buyers buy and sellers sell. In 2023 AAM merged with BPA Worldwide to become the largest not-for-profit media auditing organization dedicated to increasing trust and assurance across media channels. AAM provides third-party event audits to verify registration, attendance and demographic data, and is an official certifier to the Events Industry Council’s (EIC) Sustainable Events Standards (SES) and ISO Management Systems standards. To learn how AAM brings trust and transparency to today’s media ecosystem, visit


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Events Industry Council
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