Environmental, Social and Governance

Our Commitments

We remain committed and are actively incorporating Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives across our organization. This commitment and purpose fuels our innovation, drives our collaboration, and creates lasting value for our customers, employees, shareholders, and the communities in which we live, work, and do business.

Emerald’s company culture and values of Agility, Commitment, and Excellence serve as our operating principles, guiding us as we collaborate to promote change and drive responsible growth and impact.

United by purpose and energized by change, we are on a journey of self-reflection and learning as we strive to do better every day and build a more sustainable and equitable future.


We are committed to reducing our consumption of natural resources, supporting corporate conservation efforts, and minimizing our environmental impact with the goal of reducing the environmental footprint of our businesses through best practices. We collaborate with key partners and suppliers throughout the event industry, including but not limited to venues, hotels, and general service contractors in furtherance of our sustainability initiatives.

Our Environmental and Net Zero Priorities include:

Our Pledge to the Net Zero Carbon Events Initiative

Emerald is a signatory of the the Net Zero Carbon Events pledge initiative that targets net zero carbon emissions by 2050, with an interim goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030.

As part of this pledge, we have undertaken efforts to identify and prioritize actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including energy management, water conservation, materials management, food and beverage waste reduction, sustainable procurement, stakeholder management and employee engagement initiatives.

Net Zero Carbon Events Initiative Net Zero Carbon Events Pledge

ESG Data Convergence Initiative

Through our majority shareholder Onex, Emerald also participates in the ESG Data Convergence Initiative, which seeks to first standardize ESG metrics as well as reduce overall emissions.

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Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) & COP27: an organizing task force initiated by JMIC members UFI, AIPC and ICCA, joined by Emerald and other exhibition organizers, united to launch the Net Zero Carbon Events Pledge & Initiative, which is aligned with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. In 2022, all initiative supporters worked together to define an industry Net Zero Roadmap for Events, launched at COP27 in November 2022

“Finding the Future, Together: Towards a More Sustainable B2B Trade Show Industry in the U.S. and Canada” Report

Emerald, in partnership with an industry task force comprised of 14 organizations ranging from event organizers, to venues, to general service contractors (GSC), and associations, released a report identifying key focus areas to support the business-to-business (B2B) trade show industry’s transition towards a more sustainable, low-carbon economy.

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At Emerald, we seek to create environments where everyone is valued and respected. We are committed to fostering an inclusive culture that nurtures talent, encourages self-expression, and celebrates the diversity of our employees and clients.

We also recognize that our journey is a continuous process of refinement and discovery, as we strive to do better every day. It is this commitment and purpose that fuels our innovation, drives our collaboration, strengthens our connections, and supports the communities in which we live and work.

Emerald’s DEI Mission Statement:

United by purpose and energized by change, we at Emerald will ensure that inclusion and diversity are at the forefront of everything we do.

Emerald’s Social Approach

Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiatives & Resources

Comprised of team members who embody a high level of passion and commitment to diversity and inclusion, this group collectively works towards building upon Emerald’s existing programs, develops new initiatives and maintains best practices to foster a diverse and inclusive work environment.

Diversity-driven talent acquisition
  • Emerald has eliminated the college-degree requirement from a range of positions to expand the application process to include candidates with more diverse background, skills and experiences
  • We believe fostering diverse talent starts with the recruitment and hiring process. As such, our recruitment team participates in learning and development programs that focus on unconscious bias training and interview skills
Community partnerships
  • OneTen is a coalition of leading chief executives and their companies who are coming together to help close the opportunity gap for Black talent in America by providing one million jobs to Black talent in the next ten years. As part of our partnership with OneTen, Emerald is committed to advanced pillars, such as significantly increasing the hiring of Black talent into family-sustaining jobs that do not require four year college degrees
  • The COUTURE Diversity Action Council (DAC): Emerald is one of 15 organizations that formed the DAC, which strives to be a catalyst for addressing the issues of systemic and institutionalized discrimination that has contributed to the lack of diversity within the fine jewelry industry. DAC’s purpose is to contribute to the creation of a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable industry through the implementation of mentoring and other programs and initiatives that promote and support Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) within all facets of the jewelry ecosystem

Our People Initiatives & Resources

At Emerald, our top priority is to provide all employees with the resources to develop their talents, grow their careers and reach their goals. To enable this, we provide a number of opportunities for employees to expand their professional and personal development, including:

Learning and development
  • Access to continuous learning (digital learning platform)
  • Emerald’s Toastmasters group
  • Mentorship programs
  • Rotational associate programs
  • On-the-job training opportunities
Employee engagement and well-being

We are committed to driving engagement and well-being programs that enable our employees to do their best work. We achieve this through:

  • Ongoing feedback cycle that includes employee surveys, performance reviews and employee satisfaction. These surveys regularly solicit employees to help Emerald track progress and the well-being of the workforce.
  • Monthly hybrid town halls
  • Annual company-wide offsite
  • Yearlong wellness program led by a top mindfulness coach
Employee benefits

Our benefit offerings are also designed to meet the wide range of needs of our workforce including:

  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Generous paid time off and parental leave policy
  • LGBTQIA+ inclusive benefit offerings, such as domestic partner coverage, medical, dental and vision plan options with reduced premiums
  • 401K plan with an employer match
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan

Employee Representation of Historically Underrepresented Groups

Race & Ethnicity

Employee Race & Ethnicity Chart


Employee Gender Chart


At Emerald, we are committed to sound corporate governance and effective leadership practices to ensure that the Company delivers the best results for our stakeholders.


We believe that the composition and professional background of our board and our executive leadership team are well-balanced and positions the Company for long-term growth.

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Senior Leadership Representation of Historically Underrepresented Groups

Race & Ethnicity

Senior Leadership Race Ethnicity Chart


Senior Leadership Gender Chart