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Don’t be bananas – cut the waste

Don’t be bananas – cut the waste

October 16, 2014

It is world food day and so I decided to make a little post about something that I really love and something I really hate. I love food and hate waste. Approximately one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. In the events industry we have calculated that over 50% is […]

Is Ebola your biggest Sustainability Risk?

Is Ebola your biggest Sustainability Risk?

October 14, 2014

Having immediately stepped off a plane this morning into a new screening system in Singapore I can confirm that the Ebola panic is well underway. As of the 14th October the virus has so far killed over 4,000 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Read the latest from the World Health Organisation here. The […]

Trends in Events Sustainability Reporting

Trends in Events Sustainability Reporting

October 9, 2014

Recently, I was interviewed by TTG Asia Magazine to provide them insights pertaining to MCI’s sustainability and reports. Some topics discussed include the commencement and efficacy of the impact reports, the sustainability level of our events, and the reason behind congregating despite waste generation. The following is the detailed interview with the TTG Asia Magazine: […]

Where the future begins: understanding and accountability

Where the future begins: understanding and accountability

July 9, 2014

Last week we had the pleasure to launch our 2013 Sustainability report ‘Where the Future Begins.’  The process to develop a sustainability report is invaluable, very insightful and significantly improves strategy and engagement. I would like to share some of my conclusions from this latest experience: Using a framework To structure our sustainability report and […]

The current status of Green Meetings

The current status of Green Meetings

June 1, 2014

Recently, MCI got awarded the prestigious IMEX-GMIC Green Meeting Award 2014. This awards is another recognition of the fact that MCI is pushing the bar in sustainability in the MICE Industry. It was particularly special to receive the award for the Responsible Business Forum, organised in Singapore, as sustainable events are still quite a challenge to organise. […]

IMEX-GMIC Green Meeting Award 2014

IMEX-GMIC Green Meeting Award 2014

May 29, 2014

During the IMEX Gala Dinner in Frankfurt, we were really proud to have received the prestigious IMEX-GMIC Green Meeting Award 2014 for our work with Global Initiatives on the 2013 Responsible Business Forum. Held in Singapore at leading sustainable event venue Marina Bay Sands, the Responsible Business Forum brought together over 430 industry leaders, NGOs […]

Dialogue on Sustainability Study 2014

Dialogue on Sustainability Study 2014

April 30, 2014

Conference organisers, event suppliers, journalists, meeting delegates, governments… There are many stakeholders responsible for sustainability but the most important participant in the dialogue is still you, the individual. Your input is what sets and ignites the sustainability agenda. Via our 2014 study, MCI is dedicated to driving dialogue which shapes the future of our industry. Can you […]

Responsible Business in Action

Responsible Business in Action

April 5, 2014

We’ve just wrapped up the reporting for the game changing Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development organised at the end of last year with Global Initiatives here in Singapore. This unique event was designed to address the 21st century’s defining challenge- By 2050, the global population will hit 9 billion people and the increased demand for water, food and […]

Top Sustainability Reports of 2013

Top Sustainability Reports of 2013

February 19, 2014

Sustainability Reporting in the events industry is gradually picking up and there are starting to be some great reports. As we start to write MCIs 2013 annual sustainability report I reviewed some of my favourite reports. Excuse my bias for including some of our own: MCI Produced Reports MCI Sustainability Report: Online, interactive, innovative and […]

About the blog

This blog is written by Roger Simons and Guy Bigwood, 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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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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