Reed Exhibitions’ events foster communities and provide platforms for supporting our CR focus areas. Over the past 10 years, World Travel Market London, the global forum for the travel industry, has featured the Responsible Tourism Programme over the show’s four days with events available to all 50,000 attendees on topics such as poverty reduction and wildlife protection. On World Responsible Tourism Day 2015, the largest of its kind, the focus was on climate change in the lead-up to the United Nations COP21 climate talks in Paris. In addition to expert speakers, including Professor of Energy and Climate Change at the University of Manchester, Kevin Anderson, the day featured a senior industry debate on the travel industry's role in limiting carbon emissions.
New York Comic Con, which attracted 167,000 attendees in 2015, supports the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organisation protecting the rights of comics artists, publishers, retailers, librarians and fans. The show featured sessions on fighting censorship.
During the year, to support the development of the event management industry in China, Reed Exhibitions once again ran the Reed Exhibitions Greater China scholarship programme, which awarded grants to 38 students seeking to develop careers in China’s meeting, incentives and exhibitions industry.
Also during the year, Reed Exhibitions helped launch the new Promotional Product Service Institute (PSI) Sustainability Awards to evaluate PSI members' in-house initiatives, products and campaigns for their positive economic, environmental and social impact.