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Scotland's EICC enhances sustainability credentials

Edinburgh conference venue is among first organisations in Europe to meet new international benchmarks

Pictured: EICC CEO Marshall Dallas (centre) checks out the latest produce

The Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) has met the requirements set by the latest international sustainability standards.

By gaining the ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 accreditation, the EICC has become one of the first organisations in Europe to reach the new standard, which will replace historic international benchmarks when they are phased out in 2018.

Reynaldo Guino-o, the EICC’s business excellence manager, said: “In an industry where environmental standards are becoming increasingly important to the decision-making process in terms of where to hold conferences and events, we are confident that the venue’s continuing commitment to quality and environmental excellence will pay dividends for the EICC by translating to increased business wins.”

In November 2015, the EICC and its hospitality and catering providers became one of the first Scottish businesses to sign up to the ‘Scottish Food and Drink Pledge’ by making a commitment to work with food and drink partners to ensure the use of authentic, sustainable Scottish produce. 

CEO Marshall Dallas added: “We pride ourselves on being one of the most sustainable venues on the domestic and international stage so we’re exceptionally pleased to be one of the first European organisations to make the grade with the new international standards. It squares well with our ethos and makes a great deal of business sense in the 21st century where our clients and delegates have an expectation that commitment to sustainability is nothing less than front and centre.”

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