Gerry Dunphy

Strategy Director, Security & Fire, Informa Markets EMEA

May 30, 2019

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‘Secure by default’ in the age of converged security

Inclusivity & Sustainability

Making IFSEC International a 21st century-ready event

Sustainability and inclusivity are high on the agenda at this year’s event.

We are proud of the way IFSEC International has evolved over the last several years. The event is now better adapted to the shifting security landscape, having introduced new features such as Show Me How in response to visitor feedback, and we are focusing increasingly on converged security and tackling contemporary threats such as cyber threats.

But we’ve made other changes too, aimed at making IFSEC International a more modern, sustainable, and inclusive environment for our visitors.

Going green

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!

Making events welcoming and inclusive for all visitors

 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

Supporting our partners and fostering the future

IFSEC International, along with FIREX International, is proud to support the next generation of talent with its Engineers of Tomorrow competition.

Engineers of Tomorrow pits teams of young installers against each other in competitive installation tests. This partnership is designed to help promote the next generation of security installers. With a skills gap growing quickly within the security industry, it’s vital for IFSEC International to support education and apprenticeships for young people, to encourage participation in the industry and help close that gap.

The steps we have made to bring IFSEC International into the 21st century are designed to ensure our event leaves behind a positive impact on the environment and on the future of the security industry, and remains a welcoming and safe place to the entire breadth of the security industry.

We are confident that this will help make IFSEC International 2019 our most successful yet – get involved and register for your free ticket today.

 


 

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