Sustainable Events

Events are the core of what we do. In 2016 we managed over 5,700 projects on behalf of our clients, the majority of which were live experiences.

What can we do to increase the sustainability of our events?

We use the expertise of our MCI in-house sustainability consultants to support and guide our teams and clients on how to make their events more socially, environmentally and economically sustainable.

Behind this is a simple concept: Sustainable events are better events.

Over the years we have consistently proved that by embedding sustainability thinking we can improve efficiency, quality, the participants’ experience and accelerate innovation. This holistic approach to sustainable event management can reduce costs, improve environmental impacts, build brand reputation and leave a powerful social legacy in the community.

Improving Event Sustainability

The five areas below encompass some of the actions we can take to make sustainability a standard part of how our events are organised.

Innovate
  • Rethink event design
  • Use mobile apps
  • Integrate hybrid technology and hubs
  • Collaborate with partners and suppliers to maximise impact
Reduce
  • Consumption
  • Food and event waste through recycling
  • Water usage
  • Collateral materials
  • Giveaways and bags
  • Transport
  • Resource intensive food
Choose
  • Certified suppliers
  • FSC and recycled paper
  • Local, organic and seasonal products
  • Fair wages and fair trade options
  • Energy efficient options
Eliminate
  • Disposables
  • Single use items
  • Bottled water
  • Hazardous chemicals
  • Child labour
  • Discrimination
  • Corruption
Help
  • Local communities
  • Donate time, materials and resources
  • Leave an educational legacy
  • Offset emissions to support development
  • Report your impact

The Clients section of this website provides great examples of projects that we have led to improve the social, economic and environmental sustainability of our clients’ events.

From the blog

Read the latest articles from our sustainability blog – “Less Conversation More Action“- where we share frontline views and experiences about sustainability in the Meetings & Events Industry.