IMA Sustainability Guidelines

The United Nations has identified 17 suistainable development goals. IMA – International Management Assistants, strives to align the activities of our association with these goals whenever possible. We understand that this requires a behavioral change, and that some areas will be easy to address and change, where as others will take time and creativity to achieve. IMA, as a members' organisation, has most notably to take responsibility for our Associations impact on the climate.

The planet is our home and we all share the responsibility to preserve it for the next generations. Since we are an organisation that arranges many events for our members, both globally, nationally and regionally, we will proactively work on minimizing any negative climate impact by adhering to an environmental mindset in all our processes.

  • Communication

    We regularly communicate on the progress of IMA’s sustainability efforts, especially related to our Training Days and Annual General Meetings.

    We highlight and encourage sustainable initiatives by our national groups and share best practices.

  • Goals

    IMA has chosen 4 areas as the most important ones to address, in order to minimize our negative environmental footprint in international as well as national events:

    • To reduce our carbon emissions

    • To reduce our paper consumption

    • To offer food that is ecological and locally produced

    • To reduce our plastic waste.

Guiding Principles

Travel: We encourage our members to travel in a climate-friendly way whenever possible. • We offer webinars and promote digital solutions for meetings.

Print-outs: We aim to be digital and only take prints when necessary. • When we need to print we print on both sides of the paper.

Food: We offer, when possible, food that is ecological and locally produced. • We offer a higher share of plant-based (vegetarian and/or vegan) produce alternatives • We aim to reduce food waste and chose suppliers and conference venues that recycle waste.

Plastic: We aim to reduce our plastic consumption and waste.

Purchases: We are conscious of the products we buy and brand as IMA products.

Suppliers & partners: We aim to only partner with organizations that work in a sustainable manner. • We challenge our current partners to take a greater responsibility for their climate impact.

**IMA aims to bring awareness, inspire and motivate all of our members and partners and to act as a role model in contributing to a sustainable world. **