Developing the Meetings and Events Industry
Representatives of MCI occupy many prominent positions within event industry assoiations, enabling us to share our sustainability vision and knowledge wiht a wide audience, and creating opportunities to collaborate and contribute to education and initiatives that further best practices across the industry and globe.
Key global associations we are members of include:
- THE AMC INSTITUTE
- ASAE (The Center for Association Leadership)
- ESAE (European Society of Association Executives)
- GSTC (Global Sustainable Tourism Council)
- GMIC (Green Meeting Industry Council)
- IAPCO (International Association of Professional Congress Organisers
- ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association)
- ISITE (International SITE Foundation)
- SITE (Society of International Travel Executives)
- MPI (Meeting Professionals International)
- PCMA (Professional Conference Management Association)
- SAMA (Strategic Account Management Association)
- FICP (Financial & Insurance Conference Planners)
- JMIC (Joint Meetings Industry Council)
- CRN (Congress Rental Network)
- AV Alliance
- AGES (Association of Global Event Suppliers)
Being at the forefront of the latest industry developments and sustainability trends, MCI is able to play an active role in encouraging our clients, partners, suppliers, competitors and governments to commit to adopting a higher standard of sustainable business practice within our industry. Some examples:
- Since 2008, MCI leaders have delivered over 246 keynote sessions and workshops on sustainability, inspiring change and better business practices to over 33,461 people in the meetings industry.
- Roger Simons, our Regional Director for APAC is the Immediate Past President of the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC), and our Group Sustainability Director, Guy Bigwood, was the President in 2012.
- Roger Simons is the Co-chair of Singapore’s National Environmental Agency’s Recycling Taskforce, which aims to develop and implement a 3R Programme for the MICE industry.
- MCI experts assisted in the development of various learning resources and guides; including for the GMIC, United Nations Sustainable Events Guide and The Natural Step.
- Our business leaders have co-created and engaged with some of the most important sustainability initiatives in the events industry. They were involved in the development and launch of industry frameworks and standards including ISO20121, the GRI Event Organisers Sector Supplement and the APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainability Standards.
- MCI is a core partner of the IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum, a programme developed to encourage the best and brightest students to develop successful careers in the events industry
- Our opinions and experiences implementing sustainability are published on our ‘Less Conversation, More Action‘ sustainability blog.
Creating Sustainable Destinations
Global Destination Sustainability Index
A key pillar of organising events more sustainably is the ability of the hosting destination to offer an ecosystem of sustainable services and infrastructure. In 2016 MCI and key industry partners ICCA and IMEX published the first Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) results and rankings. This is a collaborative business initiative created to help Destinations, Event Planners and Suppliers benchmark the sustainability strategies and performance of destinations and their meetings and evenst industry.
Over 35 cities including Barcelona, Copenhagen, The Hague, Helsinki, Houston, Kyoto, Geneva, Frankfurt, Nantes, Oslo, Reykjavik, Stockholm, Stuttgart and Sydney are in the process of benchmarking. The goal is to have 100 cities by 2020.
More information is available on www.gds-index.com
Driving Industry Engagement
Taking the Editorial Reins at BizEvents Asia
Committed to advancing the conversation in our industry, for the second year running Roger Simons and Pranav Sethaputra from MCI Sustainability Services accepted an invitation to guest edit “Biz Events Asia’s” Sustainability issue, which was published in November 2016.
BizEvents Asia has an audited circulation of over 13,000 copies with an average readership of 47,000 across Asia and gave us a great opportunity to elevate the conversation in our industry both in English and Mandarin. Articles curated for the issue included musings on the relationship between luxury & sustainability, sustainable event best practice, the growth of sustainable tourism in Asia and Sustainable Destinations.
To read the online version of this issue, please click here.
A video featuring Roger Simons was also launched by BizEvents Asia addressing MCI’s approach to sustainability and how selecting sustainable destinations like Singapore can help reduce the overall footprint of your event while creating value for the organisers and delegates.