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2016- The end for CSR as we know it?

2016- The end for CSR as we know it?

January 4, 2016

The traditional model of CSR activities for corporations at events has been transforming over the years. Gone are the days when it was good enough for businesses to send their teams out planting trees or doing a one-off activity like painting an orphanage. Today’s participant has likely been there, done that and has a more […]

Re-building dreams in Nepal

Re-building dreams in Nepal

December 17, 2015

Namaste A team of seven MCI Dreambuilders from our offices in Singapore, Dublin, Melbourne, Amsterdam and HQ were in Nepal this month as part of our long term efforts to improve education within struggling communities. Thanks to the generous donations of the clients, friends and family of MCI, we have currently raised over €13,000. The […]

A Beginners Guide to Sustainable Events

A Beginners Guide to Sustainable Events

September 25, 2015

Earlier this week MCI’s very own experts on sustainable events, Guy Bigwood and Roger Simons, were invited to speak about Sustainability and it’s role as a driver of innovation in the events world during the Malaysia Business Events Week (MBEW) 2015 – an annual gathering of Malaysia’s business events industry and its stakeholders to learn, debate, explore business opportunities,  and innovate. My own opinion (though slightly […]

Events as a bridge to better brands- The Evidence

Events as a bridge to better brands- The Evidence

August 6, 2015

We have been asked on more than one occasion (can you imagine!), does running a sustainable event have any real benefits? Well to put it bluntly, yes. Not only can incorporating sustainability into an event’s operation and planning promote environmental innovation and social benefits (by providing jobs, creating better working conditions and promoting creative solutions […]

How to (Effectively) Implement Employee-Driven Sustainability Programmes

How to (Effectively) Implement Employee-Driven Sustainability Programmes

May 11, 2015

Successfully implementing employee-driven sustainability programmes is a challenging endeavour, especially for a global organisation with a geographically dispersed talent pool.  However, it is also one of the most effective means of inciting behavioural change and increasing productivity within an organisation and its operating communities. After all, according to the Society for Human Resource Management, employee […]

2014 MCI Sustainability Awards

2014 MCI Sustainability Awards

March 31, 2015

Annually since 2007, we run an internal Sustainability Awards program to recognises MCI’s most outstanding employee-driven initiatives and sustainable offices. Our offices are invited to submit an application and a team of judges assess their sustainability performance based on the pillars of governance, office operations, event operations, community action and sales. Offices that demonstrate outstanding […]

India’s CSR Mandate; a Big Step or False Start?

India’s CSR Mandate; a Big Step or False Start?

March 16, 2015

2015 is slated to be a big year for sustainability, with economic, social and environmental issues gaining increasing prominence on the global political stage. But what role does India – an emerging economy experiencing rapid growth as well as a vast array of social and environmental challenges – play in this development? Sustainability is under […]

To Bee, Or Not To Be

To Bee, Or Not To Be

February 12, 2015

You may not think it, but the future of the human race depends almost as much on bees for their pollination as it does on our forests for its oxygen. After all, one in every three bites of food consumed worldwide comes from plants which depend on these little pollinators for a successful harvest. To […]

Sustainable destinations; Qualities of a leader

Sustainable destinations; Qualities of a leader

January 22, 2015

By 2050 70% of the world`s population of almost 10 billion people will live in cities. The vast majority of events are organized in cities, so what can the meeting industry do to make our event destinations more healthy, successful and ultimately sustainable. And how do we scale and speed up the implementation of sustainability […]

About the blog

This blog is written by Guy Bigwood, Roger Simons and Pranav Sethaputra, with help from a few invited guests. The blog was created to share experiences, opinions, best practices and mistakes from the front line of sustainability and the meetings industry.

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The authors

Pranav Sethaputra

As a Group Sustainability Consultant, Pranav provides strategic advisory services to MCI’s clients, working hand-in-hand with corporations, associations, governments, venues and destinations seeking a competitive advantage through a structured sustainability programme.He helps our clients turn their sustainability commitments into action, drive results and enhance the value they create for their stakeholders.

Pranav Sethaputra
Roger Simons

Roger is Group Sustainability Manager of MCI.  He is President Elect of the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) with over 10 years’ experience in designing and delivering winning sustainability strategies and organising sustainable events, Roger is recognised internationally as a thought leader on sustainability issues. Roger is responsible for MCI’s own ambitious sustainability programme in Asia-Pacific region.

Roger Simons
Guy Bigwood

Guy Bigwood is Group Sustainability Director of MCI. Today, Guy leads MCI Sustainability Services, a global consulting practice focused on helping organisations to visualise, plan and implement sustainable operations, events and destinations that create value for their customers, employees and the communities in which they serve. He advises the UN, associations, businesses and governments worldwide, and loves working with brands to help them realise the power of events to bring to life their sustainability commitments.

Guy Bigwood
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