The Events Industry Council (EIC), the global voice of the business events industry on advocacy, research, professional recognition and standards, has launched the first phase of its landmark Equity Acceleration Plan.
This first phase will focus on establishing a benchmark by which to measure progress for the industry through a survey to determine the current state of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the workplace across the events industry.
The results of this benchmark will inform the development of tools, resources and recommendations in the subsequent phases on the Equity Acceleration Plan, which aims to provide a framework, and lead the challenge against discrimination and systemic racism in the events industry.
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 findings will be used as the basis for a report and a series of specially created educational courses, tools and resources to support the industry in its shared goal of a more diverse and inclusive future. The Equity Acceleration Plan is part of EIC’s Centre for Sustainability & Social Impact and is a long-term project that will regularly measure the impact of interventions and make recommendations for further work.
Amy Calvert, CEO of EIC, said: “With over 10.3 million direct jobs and over 1.5 billion 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.
“The Equity Acceleration Plan will enable us to support event professionals to create more diverse and inclusive environments, develop career pathways, and ensure representation in leadership and supply chains by providing the learning and resources intended to reach and support our community.”
The survey takes just 10 minutes to complete. To take part, click here. The survey will close on October 15, 2021.