This month Convene explores what it means to do the right thing in the meetings industry. We asked more than 380 meeting professionals responded to our invitation in late 2015 to participate in a survey on ethics, and the results have struck a chord with planners. As a follow-up, we asked planners to put their own spin on the data:
1. Which of the survey results most surprised you?
It is surprising that over 20 percent of our industry believes it is ethical to accept points from hotels.
— BENJAMIN RABE, Events Director, Event Services, SmithBucklin
2. Do the overall results suggest to you that meeting professionals are concerned with behaving ethically?
I was proud to see that the majority of our planners act in a way that is calculated and considerate.
— EMILY BANNWARTH, Director of Meetings and Events, Houston Apartment Association
3. How do you define good work?
Good work to me means doing things right, on track, on budget, and professionally, and showcases the objectives, brand, and strategy set forth by the organization that is supporting the event.
— KENT EMERSON, Global Program Manager, Global Marketing & Events, HP