GES Achieves Environmental Sustainability Certification
GES exceeds APEX/ASTM Level One certification and achieves Level Two
LAS VEGAS - June 16, 2015 – Global Experience Specialists (GES), a global full-service provider for live events has
become the first general service contractor to be certified to an international sustainability standard for the meetings and event industry. GES exceeded
Level One and achieved Level Two certification to the Accepted Practices EXchange/American Society for Testing and Materials (APEX /ASTM) Environmentally
Sustainable Event Standards pertaining to the Evaluation and Selection of Exhibits for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows, and
GES has a long and ongoing commitment to sustainable practices. Its operations in the United Kingdom are ISO 20121 certified, a complex and challenging
international standard accreditation that takes a management systems approach to running more sustainable events.
”We are proud to be the first and only general service contractor to be certified to the APEX/ASTM international sustainability standard,” said GES
President, Steve Moster. “GES achieved Level Two certification at every facility across the U.S. that services exhibitions and events, ensuring that no
matter what city you hold an event or are exhibiting, GES has a certified location with the best resources and practices to help you achieve your
“This is great news for GES and for the event industry,” said David Dubois, president and CEO, of International Association of Exhibitions and Events
(IAEE). “The general services contractor (GSC) is the central player in producing a sustainable event as it touches multiple areas of an event. We hope the
GES certification will encourage others to follow suit.”
The APEX/ASTM Exhibit Standard delineates the procedural requirements for exhibits and exhibitions for meetings, events, trade shows or conferences. The
standard specifies performance criteria for staff management, communications, waste management, energy, air quality, water, procurement, and community
partners. The standards were created in partnership with ASTM International, an American National Standards Institute accredited standards development
Connie Bergeron, CMP, president, Green Meeting and Industry Council (GMIC), the non-profit professional meetings association that led the development of
the APEX/ASTM Sustainable Meeting Standards, added, “ Responsible environmental and social practices in the meeting industry are a global concern. We are
delighted that GES has earned this prestigious certification and celebrate their adoption of the industry standard in this sector. ”
iCompli, a division of BPA Worldwide, a non-profit international auditing organization headquartered in Shelton, Connecticut developed the certification
protocols for the APEX/ASTM standards and performed the independent third party certification of GES’ compliance with Evaluation and Selection of Exhibits
for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows, and Conferences. Glenn Hansen, CEO of BPA Worldwide, commented, “Our certification of the
event sustainability standards driven by GMIC and now adopted by GES continues our long-standing partnership with the event industry to promote
GES partnered with the University of San Francisco Department of Hospitality Management to review its sustainable practices and ensure its facilities were
operating as sustainable as possible.
Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES), a Viad Corp (NYSE: VVI) company, is a global, full-service provider for live events, producing exhibitions,
conferences, congresses, corporate events, exhibits and entertainment experiences. GES provides a wide range of services, including official show services,
audio visual, cutting-edge creative and design, marketing and measurement services, and event accommodations – all with an unrivaled global reach. GES
partners with leading shows and brands, including MAGIC, CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE, Bell Helicopter, and L’Oreal. GES’ National Servicenter® has been
recognized with certification under the J.D. Power and Associates Certified Call Center Program℠ for the past six years, and for the sixth year in a row Ad
Age has named GES as one of the “World’s 50 Largest Agency Companies.” For more information visit www.ges.com.
About the Green Meeting Industry Council
The Green Meeting Industry Council is a non-profit, membership-based professional organization which provides educational resources to planners, suppliers,
and venues seeking to meet the ever-rising standards consumers set for sustainable meetings. www.gmicglobal.org.
iCompli is a division of BPA Worldwide, a not-for-profit auditing organization established in 1931 to audit circulation for publishers, advertisers and
their agencies. Today, BPA’s audit services have expanded to include external assurance of government and industry standards and independent verification
of companies’ technology and service claims. iCompli provides GRI reporting services (gap analysis, competitor benchmarking and external assurance) and
third-party certification of ASTM and ISO event standards. www.bpaww.com.
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