Sustainable Business Consultants – Inspirational Speakers – Writers – Facilitators
This blog is written by Roger Simons, Pranav Sethaputra 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.
MCI Group Sustainability Director
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 enjoys sharing his experiences, best practices and key learnings from the front line of sustainability. He is a regular speaker and facilitator at sustainability conferences and industry events, and has trained over 25,000 people on sustainability and better business practices. Guy is the past-president of the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC), and was very involved in creating the APEX-ASTM, GRI and ISO20121 standards on event sustainability.
A serial entrepreneur with broad experience in creating and running large events and live communications agencies, Guy’s core skills include brand marketing, experiential communication and business strategy consulting. Previously, Guy was Managing Director of MCI Spain, and worked for 12 years in the ITC industry for HP in a variety of consulting roles in the US, UK and France.
MCI Group Sustainability Manager (Asia Pacific)
Roger is President of the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) with over 12 years’ experience in designing and delivering winning sustainability strategies and organising sustainable events, Roger is recognised internationally as a thought leader on sustainability issues.
As Group Sustainability Manager for MCI, Roger tailors comprehensive sustainability consultancy services to each client’s individual challenges, helping turn their sustainability commitments into action, drive business results and create immense value for their employees, customers and the communities in which they serve. He is an expert in venue and destination sustainability.
Roger is responsible for MCI’s own ambitious sustainability programme in Asia-Pacific region.
A pioneer in standards development, Roger organised the world’s first third-party certified event under the BS8901 Sustainability Management system and went on to sit on the ISO 201021 Standard Project Committee 250, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Events Sector Advisory Group, Convention Industry Council APEX/ASTM E60.02 Task Group and the Convention Industry Council’s Future of Certifications Taskforce.
Before taking on the role of Group Sustainability Manager with MCI, Roger headed Meeting Professionals International’s (MPI) Corporate Social Responsibility efforts for 23,000 members. He worked for MCI Brussels as a Conference Manager, and also for the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).
When not working, Roger can be found seeking new adventures in the great outdoors, culture, local foods, music or the downright bizarre.
Complementing the team’s expertise, Pranav brings a specialist focus in how businesses can benefit from a structured Sustainability & Communications Strategy. His experience includes working with community, stakeholder engagement and environmental issues for a diverse range of organisations & businesses both in and outside of the events world. His past clients include the likes of Hilton, BP, Boeing and the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB).
As 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.
Looking internally, Pranav is also responsible for bringing MCI’s sustainability commitments to life in the company’s rapidly expanding 61 offices globally.
Before joining MCI, Pranav worked for Ketchum Communications, The Singapore Tourism Board and the Indonesian Business Coalition on AIDS.
MCI is the world’s leading provider of strategic engagement and activation solutions and a key driver of innovation in the meetings, events, association and congress industry.
Through creative live experiences and digitisation, globalisation, brand enhancement and content strategies, MCI helps multinational companies and international associations to enhance organisational performance, grow globally, energise communities and drive business results.
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