Icon Exhibitions has successfully completed the newly released Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA) Accredited sustainability module and has attained the ‘Gold’ standard against stringent requirements across 13 areas of business.

The module has been drafted by ESSA’s Health & Safety project manager, Josh Taylor, with considerable input from the association’s sustainability working group.

Wayne Ball

Managing director of Icon Exhibitions

Wayne Ball, managing director, Icon Exhibitions, explained why we wanted the company to complete the sustainability module as soon as possible, saying, “We were already one of the first companies to complete our ESSA accreditation because we want to raise standards across the industry and believe that the ESSA Accredited scheme is fundamental to this effort. We were keen to gain the additional sustainability qualification because we take sustainability seriously and want the sector to lead on this issue, but we were not expecting to be awarded Gold status! It’s a real vindication of all our efforts in that direction.”

Ball concluded, “We submitted ourselves to the scrutiny of ESSA Accredited sustainability module for three reasons really. Firstly, it’s the right thing to do, as an industry, as businesses, and as individuals – that much is painfully clear. Secondly, it’s clearly the direction of travel for the whole economy, and it’s best to try and stay ahead of change. And finally, it makes sense to ensure our sustainability efforts are making a difference, and are aligned with the efforts of the whole sector for maximum impact. The submission process has been made really easy by ESSA, it’s free to accredited members, and it really helps to focus sustainability efforts in the right directions.”


Josh Taylor welcomed Icon Exhibition’s success with its application saying, “I’m delighted that Icon Exhibitions has been our first member to complete the sustainability module, and thrilled with the excellent result. This reflects a real dedication to sustainability issues and a commitment to improvement.”

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