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Sustainable events body isla announces new advisory board members

The event industry body for sustainability, isla has welcomed a new advisory board who will guide the community for the next 12 months.

Elected from the membership base, isla has appointed Carina Filek, global chief operations officer at Elevate, Saskya Liney, account director at emc3 and Charlie Hepburn, client strategy at Identity.

Liney said she was thrilled to be a part of the isla advisory board, adding: “the goal is to make sustainability in the events industry the norm, and I hope we can use the industry as a catalyst for a bigger change in the world, helping event professionals address wider global issues around sustainability and climate change.”

With COP26 just around the corner, isla co-founder, Anna Abdelnoor added how important it is that Charlie Hepburn from Identity – the agency delivering the sustainability conference – is on the advisory board. She said: “Identity has delivered G7 and are in the process of delivering COP26. The rigorous sustainability parameters and reporting associated with this global gathering set Identity in excellent stead to really understand the complexities of climate issues within events.”

Hepburn explained that sustainability can no longer be an add-on or afterthought. “Economic, social and environmental sustainability is not a competition in today’s business environment, it must be a deeply rooted policy that is weaved into every aspect of working life.

He added: “We all know the benefits that this can bring to the planet but moreover, a corporate strategy focusing on sustainability can add brand value, meet consumer demands, increase efficiency, attract valuable talent and create new opportunities.”

isla hosted its first Members Forum at The Meetings Show, which saw an agenda that demonstrated the power of the network and outputs from the last year – from the development of working groups and frameworks to Carbon Measurement software, and the direct benefit this has had to businesses through case studies.

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