International Market Centers has created a special Global Goodness awards program that will recognize Las Vegas Market vendors for acting in a socially responsible manner, the organization announced. It will honor five companies with the inaugural Global Goodness awards during the Summer 2013 Las Vegas Market, which runs from July 29 to August 2.
“Many suppliers today understand that good deeds and good business go hand-in-hand,” said Dorothy Belshaw, IMC’s president of Gift & Home Décor. “Numerous companies exhibiting in the gift and home décor category at Las Vegas Market offer artisanal, sustainable, eco-friendly and fair trade products that help improve the lives of people all over the world. As the leading gift and home décor destination in the western United States, Las Vegas Market is proud to honor these unheralded philanthropic activities and to promote corporate good citizenship through its Global Goodness initiative.”
All Las Vegas Market exhibitors qualify for the awards program, IMC stated, and an independent jury comprised of trade press editors, retail executives and industry experts will select the winners. A popular vote conducted via social media will determine a People’s Choice Award honoree.
Las Vegas Market exhibitors wishing to participate in the Global Goodness Initiative can submit essays that describe their personal journey, outline the socially-responsible products that they offer and detail how these products and the sourcing process have had a positive impact on people and communities throughout the world, IMC noted. Essays must include both photos and text, and are due by Monday, June 25. Participants can send submissions to Cain Brodie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Las Vegas Market website will post applicant essays at www.lasvegasmarket.com. A dedicated display space on the 11th floor of Las Vegas Market Center Building C will incorporate the five finalist submissions. Honorees will receive their awards during a recognition reception on Tuesday, July 30, from 4 to 5 p.m.