First off: Join us to make CSR an industry concern

In August, C&IT launched the first ever guide to CSR and the events industry. Created as an online supplement, the link was emailed to more than 50,000 C&I buyers. We were overwhelmed by the support across the industry. From corporate buyers with strict in-house guidelines to agencies going Carbon Neutral, convention bureaux and venues introducing sustainable guidelines, hundreds of readers backed our Campaign for Change and requested a printed version.

So, with Climate Care's help, we are pleased to print the Without a Trace CSR supplement in this issue (starts after p102) on sustainable stock paper with carbon costs offset. But the campaign doesn't end with this supplement - far from it. The CSR trickle-down that corporate planners reported back in November 2005 when we launched the campaign, is now a flow. Pressure from CSR departments is now affecting events, with blue-chips, such as PWC reviewing their incentive travel (p6).

A further sign that environmental and sustainable issues need to be addressed by the industry is the pledge of support by Eventia (p8). The association is teaming up with C&IT to launch a year-long roster of initiatives, kicking off with a lunch debate at EIBTM. Join us out in Barcelona on 29 November and make 2007 a year of action.

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