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Las Vegas Market Accepting Global Goodness Award Entries

Furniture World News Desk on 12/29/2013

Las Vegas Market announced that entries are being accepted for the second semi-annual Global Goodness Awards, recognizing gift, furniture and home decor companies for eco-friendly, sustainable and socially responsible activities. The Global Goodness Awards will be presented to five exhibitors at the Winter 2014 Las Vegas Market, January 26-30, 2014, at World Market Center Las Vegas.

"Las Vegas Market is continuing to see growth in companies showcasing artisanal, sustainable, environmentally-friendly and Fair Trade products," said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, International Market Centers, producers of Las Vegas Market. "As the leading gift, furniture and home décor destination in the western United States, Las Vegas Market is proud to recognize and reward companies for making a positive impact on people and communities all over the world."

The Global Goodness Awards debuted at the Summer 2014 Las Vegas Market, with three recipients: Bridgewater Candle Co., which partners with Rice Bowls to feed orphaned children; Kismet Designs, which works directly with artisans in rural India to produce beautiful handmade products using sustainable local resources and recycled vintage materials; and SEAsTra, which promotes increased economic stability and sustainability by working with rural artisan groups in Thailand on hand-woven gifts and accessories.

The Global Goodness awards are open to all Las Vegas Market exhibitors, and the five honorees will be selected by an independent jury comprised of trade press editors, retail executives and industry experts. Essays from the five award recipients will be posted on the Las Vegas Market web site, www.lasvegasmarket.com, and each honoree 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 Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Submissions should be sent to Cain Brodie at cbrodie@imcenters.com. All submissions should include the following:

Essay of 100 words or less explaining the socially-responsible products offered; countries visited; and people or organizations supported.

High-resolution photo to illustrate the essay. Photo should be a minimum of 5-by-7 inches at 300 dpi resolution; JPG/JPEG, TIFF/TIF or EPS files will be accepted.

Two of Las Vegas Market's 13 temporary exhibit categories showcase Fair Trade, sustainable and socially-responsible products and producers. MADE is a "show within a show" that spotlights handcrafted, artisanal products including handmade ceramics, pottery, home décor, letterpress, apparel and jewelry; and GLOBAL presents unique products from around the world with an emphasis on fairly traded products, social responsibility and global community development. Both categories are adjacently located on C11 in aisles 500-700.

This 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.

"Las Vegas Market has been committed to recognizing sustainable products and business practices since the launch of the One Good World program in partnership with the SFC back in 2008," said Tom Mitchell, president of home furnishings for International Market Centers. "The Global Goodness Awards Program is a nice addition to our efforts to acknowledge sustainable practices among manufacturers in our industry."

Las Vegas Market is a leading home furnishings and gift marketplace in the western U.S., presenting 2,000+ gift and home furnishings 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 2014 Las Vegas Market runs January 26-30, 2014, at World Market Center Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.lasvegasmarket.com