Friday, May 26, 2006

Exhibitions CSR in Asia?

I sense the beginning of some limited sense of corporate social responsibility in the exhibitions industry in Asia. I have sat in meetings recently where people have wondered about the wisdom and appropriateness of throwing away acres of once-used carpets after a big event. There is some talk about how we can do better than demolishing elaborate stands and having truck loads of waste shipped to brimming landfills.

Now I see a story on the China CSR site detailing some moves made by Global Sources to recycle to charity some of the left-overs from their giant China Sourcing Fairs in Hong Kong.

The article notes: The Global Sources program collects product samples at the end of each China Sourcing Fair from participating exhibitors and re-distributes them to people in need through the non-profit organization Crossroads International.

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