Sustainable events are better events

Our holistic approach to sustainable event management can reduce costs, build brand reputation, improve environmental impacts, and leave a powerful social legacy in the community.

Our Future

Our mission is to be a catalyst for change and part of the global sustainability movement using our skills, voice and relationships, to make a positive impact on the world.

A Competitive Advantage

At MCI we see sustainability as a business imperative, a moral responsibility, an economic opportunity and a driver of innovation.

Commitment To Transformation

There has been a fundamental shift in the way we do business. Today sustainability is a core part of who we are, what we stand for and how we create value for our clients.

We Actively Support Communities

Part of our goal of building a culture of care and responsibility is giving back to local communities.

Our business is founded on a simple human insight: when people come together, magic happens.

Bringing people together to build communities and creating experiences is the DNA of our company. We help organisations harness this power of community, to build unforgettable online and offline events that foster change, inspire, educate and enhance business performance.

With MCI’s expansion comes the opportunity and obligation of having a positive impact on our world. As a company with a global and local reach, we have the means to accelerate change and to promote a more sustainable and inclusive society. Through the three pillars at the core of our business, People, Planet, Profit, we are committed to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Our goal is to encourage an active culture of care and responsibility, backed up by concrete actions. We invite you to browse through our 2018 annual sustainability report to learn more about our commitments and achievements.

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Swiss Red Cross Ball


An eye-catching event to support local initiative ​​​​​​​​​​​

There are those who are most fragile among us: children. MCI Geneva, in collaboration with Blossom, organised the Geneva Ball; an event that resonated with the Red Cross’s intent to help children build a better future for themselves. Additionally, the event supported efforts in the Surkhet district of Nepal, where the Swiss Red Cross opened an eye clinic in partnership with the Nepal Red Cross Society.

We have the responsibility as a society to look ’through the eyes of a child’. The event took on this theme in the form of a large screen in the shape of an eye, overlooking the hall of attendees.

An eye-opening evening supported by all those who attended: the charity auction raised over €700,000 for the new eye clinic.

World Water Forum


The award winning event to raise awareness on water related issues of our time

MCI Brazil Team lent their expertise to organise the World Water Forum, the largest global event to raise awareness on water-related issues. The objective of this year’s edition was to raise awareness among not only water professionals, scientists and governments but also the public at-large.

MCI Brazil introduced a new concept by adding 36.000 m² of space adjacent to the congress centre, divided into three main areas:

- the Citizen Village, an immersive experience for the public at-large with cinema, cultural, interactive and sensorial activities

- the Fair (B2C and B2B) with direct access to active local water-related organisations and societies

- the Expo (B2B) for country pavilions and companies to present their innovative solutions for water-waste and water-sanitisation related issues.

 

Key achievements:

- 120,000 visitors (with 109,600 visitors only at the Citizen’s Village and Expo Fair)

- The space successfully educated, raised awareness and entertained the public. Schools, youths and families were charmed by the interactive activities, virtual reality experiences, workshops and movies.

- Promoted the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #6 that aims to: "Ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all".

- The event was 100% paperless

MCI Brazil was awarded IAPCO International Client Award and Premio Caio Bronze Award for this outstanding event.

Incentive Trips With a Purpose


MCI Australia redesigns the traditional incentive trips

As part of two reward programmes for a Healthcare & Life Sciences organisation based in Australia and New Zealand, MCI Australia redesigned the traditional luxury incentive trip and created impactful experiences with unique opportunity for the delegates to give back to local communities.

For the “Cycle 2” programme, participants spent an afternoon in a Fijian school accommodating 120 children and students from local villages or farming communities. In small teams, delegates painted the classrooms, built and repaired furniture together with the children.

 

As for the “Circle of Excellence” programme, MCI engaged with an Australian based charity to support local communities affected by the Thailand Tsunami. The project was designed to help two communities:

On the first day, participants worked to demolish a dilapidated home in a local slum allowing a new structure to be built (fully funded by the client) as well as providing access to running water. The group then flew to a remote orphanage and spent the entire day paving a safe play area for the kids.

One of the participant shared: This experience was incredible and personally touched each and every winner emotionally and physically – we cannot thank you enough for encouraging us to do something different – let's do it again 2019!

 

School supplies for children in South Dallas


To celebrate their annual Dream Day, our Plano-based SEM&I Team supported local children in South Dallas in need of school supplies. MCI USA Events provided 264 backpacks, and our wonderful team of talents donated supplies. They assembled the backpacks and, in between shifts, enjoyed a nice and friendly lunch. A fun day while making a difference in the lives of local children!

Smal Acts, Big Impact


15 MCI Singapore talents spent one afternoon supporting the local initiative I Wish U Enough festival. This celebration is organised by a local social centre that supports low-income and vulnerable families in Singapore.

Held in conjunction with the International Day for Eradication of Poverty, the goal is to gather Singapore's community together and spread a spirit of "gotong royong" (mutual help). 

Centred on the theme "Small Acts, Big Impact", the aim of the 2018 I Wish You Enough was to raise awareness on the importance of sharing and giving so that everyone can have enough.

Our talents from MCI Singapore have put all their efforts to make this celebration a cheerful and memorable afternoon for all the children. 

They read and donated books, ensured children's safety at the 'Bouncing Castle' and organised hands-on science activities to educate kids while fostering their curiosity and creativity. Small acts but with big impact!

Berlin Team making a difference


MCI Berlin supported various local community initiatives during the winter season.

To celebrate St Nicholas, the team collaborated with the Berlin Mitte children's home. Talents were invited to choose from the St Nicholas children wishes list hung in the office and offer the perfect gift to fulfil these. ​

When the cold weather hit, talents collected warm clothes, blankets and hygiene products for the Berliner Stadtmission - Kältehilfe – an organisation which helps the homeless in Berlin make it through winter rough days.

 

To maximise their impact, they included this action at an internal event with their suppliers. Guests were invited to give their support with donations for the cause.

Giving Children a Second Chance


8 talents from MCI Brussels ran the 20km of Brussels in support of Chain of Hope Belgium. While the team has raised € 260, a matching fund is offered by MCI Brussels, which sums it up to €520 that will be donated to the organisation.

Chain of Hope Belgium organises medical missions in Africa and Latin America to cure children, teach and train local teams and donate medical equipment. Volunteer specialists also perform paediatric medical and surgical treatments in Belgium and partner countries when children cannot be treated in their home countries.

In 2017, MCI Brussels running team raised funds to help 4 year-old David, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, (on the picture) come to Europe and undergo heart surgery he cannot have in his home country.

And what better motivation could they have than seeing him in good health just before the race!

Like David, Abel, Kessia, Neema and many other kids from Katanga will also be operated on thanks to the love and support of their Belgian host family, the expertise of doctors and the generosity of the Chain of Hope racing teams.

Giving children a merrier Christmas


Every year in December, the Geneva Red Cross distributes 1,000 Christmas baskets to isolated or disadvantaged people, couples, families and elderlies in Geneva area. These baskets are composed with essential commodities but also with some more festive gifts. During the holiday season, the goal is to offer the most vulnerable ones a special attention that will brighten up their daily life.

Last Christmas, MCI Geneva and Dorier collaborated with the Geneva Red Cross and supported this great initiative through various actions.

First, talents donated the record number of 134 new toys for children to be included in the Christmas baskets. Some of the talents then spent an entire afternoon at the Red Cross centre preparing the 1,000 baskets.

Finally, 12 talents volunteered to deliver the gifts to all the families throughout the city of Geneva.​

World Congress Of Accountants


A world class business event based on diversity and sustainable considerations.

World Congress Of Accountant (WCOA)’s mission is to bring together finance leaders, policy setters, accountants and business leaders in a world-class business event that embraces the future of the profession. The WCOA organising committee is fully committed to advancing sustainability as part of their ambition to play a global role in setting trends for the profession.

MCI Australia worked with WCOA organising committee to create and implement a sustainability strategy based on the ISO20121 International Sustainable Events Standard and following four goals:

- Reduce waste, energy and emissions

- Rethink the supply chain and partnerships and promote diversity

- Recognise the role of younger generations and leave a positive legacy

- Report on the sustainability performance of the event

Key solutions and achievements:

- Reusable exhibition booths and carpet tiles, distribution of reusable water bottles; Recycling, composting and donations: 70% waste diverted from landfill and 75% Materials made from sustainable substrates

- 6% of food sourced locally; 50% vegetarian or vegan menus

- Promotion of women in accounting through sessions with young influential women in their field.

- €6,000+ sponsorship from MCI to support attendance of indigenous accountants

- €1,300+ raised to Gunawirra, a charity supporting Aboriginal families

- Event sustainability report produced by MCI with performance review and strategic and tactical recommendations

Beat Diabetes Walk


35 talents from MCI Middle East participated in The Beat Diabetes Walk in Dubai, a flagship event of the Beat Diabetes initiative, which over the years has become an important calendar event that brings communities together, to pledge their support for diabetes awareness. Over the last eight years, the event has garnered immense support with the participation from several government authorities, medical entities, corporates, schools and the local communities. 

MCI gave each talents joining the walk a tee shirt to encourage them complete this challenge. The team shared a great time together, being active for a good cause!

MCI UK Running for Charity 


In October 2018, Team MCI UK competed in the Great South Run for Macmillan Cancer Support,​ one of the largest British charities that provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer. 

The 10-mile run (approximately 16 km) takes place every year through the streets of Portsmouth and Southsea on the UK's South East coast.

Hats off to our runners who joined over 20,000 other participants on the track and completed the race within 2.5 hours!

We're incredibly proud of their grit and determination as they collectively raised £847 (close to €1,000) for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Talents shared a personal achievement together and look forward to taking part in next edition for another charitable cause!