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Las Vegas Market now accepting awards entries

Call out for entries for the 5th prestigious Global Goodness Award, which recognises Sustainability and Social Responsibility

Las Vegas Market announced today that entries for the fifth edition of the prestigious Global Goodness Award, which recognises furniture, gift and home décor companies for environmentally-friendly, sustainable and socially responsible business practices, will be accepted through Friday, January 8. This year, one company will be selected to receive a Global Goodness Awards, along with a special “People’s Choice,” award, at Winter 2016 Las Vegas Market, running January 24-28, 2016.

“Las Vegas Market is pleased to recognise inspirational companies who practice socially-responsible, sustainable and environmentally friendly business practices with Global Goodness honors,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, International Market Centers.

“This fifth iteration of the sought-after Global Goodness Awards will celebrate the journey these companies have traveled while responsibly sourcing and manufacturing their products. As the leading furniture, home décor and gift destination in the western United States, Las Vegas Market is proud to call attention to the positive impact these firms have had on people, communities and the environment in the course of conducting business around the world.”

The Global Goodness Awards, which debuted at the Summer 2013 Market, are open to all Las Vegas Market exhibitors, and a voting committee consisting of prominent industry experts will select one story best representing Global Goodness as well as one additional People's Choice Award. The essay submitted by the award recipient will be posted on the Las Vegas Market web site, www.lasvegasmarket.com, and each will receive special at-market recognition signage.

Las Vegas Market tenants and exhibitors wishing to participate in the Global Goodness initiative are invited to 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. Essays, which must include both photos and text, are due by January 8, 2016 to Cain Brodie at cbrodie@imcenters.com. All submissions should include an essay of 100 words or less explaining the socially-responsible products offered; countries visited; and people or organizations supported; and high-resolution photos (300dpi, 5x7 inches) to illustrate the essay.

Winners of the Winter 2015 Global Goodness Awards include People’s Choice winner CleanBrands, a provider of mattress and pillow protectors designed to create a healthy, restorative sleep environment; Glory Haus Inc., a supplier of gifts, tabletop and holiday products that partners with India’s Daughters of Hope to train and employ women artisans; Phillips Collection, which offers gifts and decorative accessories handcrafted by Indonesian artisans from reclaimed wood; Samantha Davimes, a provider of unique and artistic contemporary ethnic jewellery, crafted by talented artisans from South Africa, Swaziland and Thailand; and Swahili Imports, a member of the Fair Trade Federation that provides gifts and home décor handcrafted by artisans in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, Lesotho, Zambia, Uganda, South Sudan, Mali, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Senegal.

The Global Goodness awards program supplements an ongoing partnership Las Vegas Market has with the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) to create One Good World, a guide to sustainable furniture and home décor products to help connect legitimate suppliers and retailers in this new era of sustainability and accountability. The effort includes a sustainable products locator program, showcasing relevant at-Market resources, expanded educational offerings addressing issues and opportunities connected with sustainability.

Las Vegas Market showcases Fair Trade, sustainable and socially-responsible products and producers within the HANDMADE segment of The Pavilions at Las Vegas Market, a collection of temporary exhibitors presenting unique handcrafted, artisanal products located in Pavilion #1; as well as in DISCOVERIES: The Antique Vintage Marketplace, a unique assortment of ethnic handicrafts, vintage and antique merchandise available for immediate delivery in Pavilion #2.

Las Vegas Market is the leading furniture, home decor and gift marketplace in the western U.S., presenting 2,700+ gift, home décor and furniture resources in an unrivaled market destination. Las Vegas Market features thousands of gift, furniture and home décor lines, allowing for cross-category commerce among these industries. Winter 2016 Las Vegas Market runs January 24-28, 2016, at World Market Center Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.lasvegasmarket.com




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