Sustainable Business Consultants – Inspirational Speakers – Writers – Facilitators
This blog is written by Roger Simons and Guy Bigwood, with help from a few invited guests. Michael Luehrs provided some great content
Named as meeting industry “Green Leaders”, the blog was created to share experiences, opinions, best practices and mistakes from the front line of sustainability and the meetings industry.
Guy’s mission is to increase the sustainability of the events industry. He is responsible for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at MCI, the world´s largest integrated event and association management company. With 1300 staff in 5 continents, Guy runs one of the most comprehensive CSR programs in the industry.
Recognized as a “green leader”, and one of the 50 most influential people in the meetings industry, Guy is the past-president of the Green Meeting Industry Council, and a pioneer on creating sustainable destinations.
He helps governments, associations and business to engage and build dynamic communities to advance the transition to the sustainable global economy. Current destination transformation projects include Singapore, Copenhagen, Gothenburg and the Costa Del Sol with advisory work for the Global Reporting Initiative and the UN Global Compact.
During the last 3 years he has delivered over 116 keynote presentations and workshops inspiring over 18000 people to get into action about sustainability and CSR. See a video of guy in Keynote action
Roger is responsible for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for MCI Group Headquarters in the Asia Pacific region, working with Guy to execute the global CSR vision through the 13 growing offices and supply chain in this region of the world.
Roger has been closely involved with leading global initiatives in standard development for business events, festivals and sports, representing MPI on the ISO 201021 Standard Project Committee 250, the GRI Events Sector Advisory Group, Convention Industry Council APEX/ASTM E60.02 Task Group and the Convention Industry Council’s Future of Certifications Taskforce.
Working with many of the groups key accounts, MCI’s Sustainability Services support leading corporate, association and governmental clients to design sophisticated and robust sustainability strategies for their event departments and plan forward thinking events that reduce impact on the environment, leave positive social legacies in destinations and harness the efficiencies of a holistic sustainable event strategy. Working with sophisticated tools in event resource tracking, and the newly launched ISO20121 Event Sustainability Management system debuted at the London 2012 Olympics the team are able to support all manner of clients pre-event, onsite and post-event crafting leading edge event reports using the globally recognised GRI G3 Guidelines.
MCI’s leading clients in this field include the Danish EU presidency, United Nations Global Compact Summit- NYC, UN COP15 Climate Change Conference- Copenhagen, UN Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum, International Climate Change Conference- Hong Kong, Shanghai Fashion show, World Mayors Climate Change Summit- Copenhagen and the European Wind Energy Association’s annual events and high profile corporate clients executing sustainable events.
When not working, Roger can be found seeking new adventures in the great outdoors, culture, local foods, music or the downright bizarre.
Guy and Roger have been highly involved in the ISO20121, GRI and APEX Standard development processes for the meetings industry. See this article if you want to know more about these standards.
Together they have written numerous whitepapers, reports and are currently researching for a book.
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