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Informa Markets introduces ‘code of respect’ for IFSEC International

by Nicola Macdonald

In a post entitled ‘Making IFSEC International a 21st century-ready event‘, Informa Markets strategy director – fire & security Gerry Dunphy has outlined some of the steps the show has taken towards becoming an inclusive and environmentally conscious event.

Duphy stated:

Just last week, an exhibitor at an ExCeL London event caused controversy by introducing so-called ‘booth babes’ – women wearing branded, figure-hugging dresses – to its stand. It left female business professionals feeling as if it was ‘harder to get respect as a legitimate delegate’, and spoke to a lack of respect from what remains a male-dominated community.

“We’re keen not to see missteps like this repeated at IFSEC International, which is why we have introduced a brand-new code of respect for all of our events to help make them as welcoming, inclusive and safe as possible for all our visitors, and encourage delegates to show respect and restraint towards each other.

  1. Harassment in any form will not be tolerated. This includes, but is not limited to: offensive verbal or online comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size race, ethnicity, religion; stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact and/or unwelcome sexual attention.
  2. Exhibitors, sponsors, and speakers should not use sexualised images, activities, or other such material on stands or in talks. Exhibitors and booth staff, including volunteers, should not use sexualised clothing or costumes, or otherwise, create a sexualised environment.
  3. Any guest engaging in harassing behaviour will be dealt with immediately. The organisers may take any action deemed appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the venue with no refund of any applicable fees.
  4. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns around inappropriate activity, please contact a member of staff. Staff can be identified by branded badges and will be happy to help guests contact hotel/venue security or police, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event

“We hope all of our visitors will abide by these new rules, just as event staff will. We aim to make IFSEC International 2019 and all its co-located events – FIREX International, Facilities Show and Safety & Health Expo – totally inclusive, and these guidelines are a big stride towards this.”

The conversation around promotional staff at exhibitions has been gaining momentum – along with mainstream press attention – in recent years, with several organising companies publishing guidelines similar to those outlined in Dunphy’s post.

Going green

Dunphy’s post also highlighted some of the steps that the event has been taking to reduce its environmental impact:

“Our sustainability efforts have been ongoing for several years. We understand the responsibility we have towards the environment, so we’ve made being sustainable central to how we run our events, how we make decisions and how we do business every day. Today, all our events are powered by renewable energy, making their energy usage entirely carbon neutral.

“We are also minimising the amount of waste – and single-use plastic in particular – at our events, both in the design of our theatres, signage and show zones, and by encouraging all our visitors to cut down their personal plastic usage. Be sure to refill your water bottles at the water fountains near the main entrances!”


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