written by Alistair Turner
In a year that has seen few positives in and around the events industry, one of the more encouraging news stories is how it has embraced the subject of Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion (DE&I). Much of the commentary around the issue has highlighted that, broadly, the industry has much work to do around the subject, specifically around race; organisations such as Diversity Ally, Black in Business and the work done throughout the global trade associations has been quick to identify both the issues and the solutions the industry needs to address.
The Events Industry Council (EIC) is just one of these associations looking to take on the subject head on. Earlier this year the organisation launched the first phase of its Equity Acceleration Plan for the industry. It sees this initial step as researching and benchmarking where the industry is right now, through a far-reaching research project.
In the form or an industry-wide survey, the initiative aims to determine the current state of DE&I within the workplace across the events industry. The results will inform the development recommendations in subsequent phases of the plan. Moving forward, the EIC also aims to produce 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.