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Las Vegas Market accepting award submissions

Recognising companies for eco-friendly, sustainable and socially responsible business practices, Las Vegas Market’s Global Goodness Awards is accepting submissions until January 13, 2017

Las Vegas Market has announced that entries for the sixth edition of its Global Goodness Awards, which recognise furniture, home décor and gift companies for environmentally-friendly, sustainable and socially responsible business practices, will be accepted through Friday, January 13, 2017.

In 2017, Global Goodness honors will be bestowed upon one exhibitor in each of Las Vegas Market’s three major categories—furniture, home décor and gift—as well as one additional People’s Choice Award selected via social media. Global Goodness winners will be recogni\sed at the Winter 2017 Las Vegas Market, January 22-26, 2017.

“Las Vegas Market values and respects the roles that furniture, gift and home décor firms play in making our world a better place to live and work,” says Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, International Market Centers. “Las Vegas Market celebrates and commends industry-leading corporate ‘good citizens’ for their exemplary socially-responsibility, sustainability and environmentally-friendly business practices.”

The Global Goodness Awards, which debuted at the Summer 2013 Market, are open to all Las Vegas Market exhibitors. A panel of prominent industry sustainability and social responsibility experts will select exhibitors that best represent the tenants of Global Goodness. Judges confirmed to date are: Colvin English of ByHand Consulting and Susan Inglis of Sustainable Furnishings Council.

The essays submitted by the award recipients will be posted on the Las Vegas Market web site,, and each will receive special at-market recognition signage. The People’s Choice Award will be selected by popular vote from stories posted to the Las Vegas Market Facebook page (

Las Vegas Market tenants and exhibitors wishing to participate in the Global Goodness initiative are invited to submit 125-word essays that describe their personal journey, outlining the socially-responsible products that they offer, and detailing 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, Submissions, which are due by Friday, January 13, 2017, to Esther Ossei-Anto at, should include the essay and high-resolution photos. Past award recipients are not eligible to apply.

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 also showcases a concentration of Fair Trade, sustainable and socially-responsible products and producers within The Pavilions at Las Vegas Market. HANDMADE features unique handcrafted, artisanal products in Pavilion 1; and DISCOVERIES: The Antique Vintage Marketplace showcases ethnic handicrafts, vintage and antique merchandise available for immediate delivery in Pavilion 2.

Las Vegas Market is the nation’s fastest growing gift and home décor market and the leading furniture marketplace in the western U.S., presenting 3,700+ 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. The Winter 2017 Las Vegas Market runs January 22-26, 2017. For more information, visit

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