In response to the passing of recent pieces of legislation in many parts of the world that limit or suppress the rights of minority and vulnerable groups, the Events Industry Council (EIC) has issued the following statement.
March 31, 2022, Washington DC/London UK: The Events Industry Council is deeply concerned as to the recent passing of legislation in parts of the world, which seeks to challenge and suppress the rights and views of a number of minority groups, including the LGBTQ+ community.
Discrimination, based on sexual orientation, gender identity and racial identity exists, and as a community and society we must work together to stop any legislation that seeks to challenge the rights of any minority or vulnerable groups.
As an organization committed to equality, diversity and freedom of speech, the EIC is ready to support the state, national and international organizations vigorously working to stop this regressive legislation and is dedicated to standing up for the rights of our diverse community around the world.
When our world is in conflict, and fearful for its future, now is not the time to be divisive, it is the time to understand, accept and embrace the diverse world in which we all live.
About the Events Industry Council
The EIC is made up of more than 30 member organizations, which represent over 103,500 individuals and 19,500 firms and properties involved in the events industry. Its vision is to be the global champion for event professionals and event industry excellence. It promotes high standards and professionalism in the events industry through its Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program and its four signature programs – Sustainability and Social Impact, Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX), Knowledge and Leadership. The CMP credential is recognized around the world as the badge of excellence in the events industry. The qualifications for certification are based on professional experience, education and a rigorous exam.