Responsible Business in Action

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 energy will exceed our current capacity to provide.Under the banner of “Transformation, growth and the green economy” the event brought nearly 450 leading business leaders, NGOs and policy-makers from around the world together to accelerate business solutions and policy frameworks for a more sustainable world. Held at Marina Bay Sands, the forum’s conveners  believe that nothing short of a revolutionary approach to the way government’s think and businesses operate is required to meet this global challenge.

Understanding that revolutionary thinking shouldn’t be unique to the delegates attending the room the organisers integrated revolutionary thinking into the way the event was managed and produced with audacious goals and achievements including a 100% vegetarian and local menu, a first for Singapore if not the wider region for an event of this scale and profile, an 88% waste diversion rate and 100% of the carbon footprint from the event offset.

Learn more about how we planned the event in a sustainable way in our video:

Strategic Overview

A strong strategy is key to success, we’d recommend these five areas to focus on if you want to execute your own sustainable event:

Strategic Planning: The planning team leaders met to identify the sustainability risks and opportunities that affected the Forum. A strategy was developed with clear objectives and actions to increase the sustainable performance of the event.

Supplier Engagement: Through a series of meetings with key suppliers, we shared our Sustainability Policy, Supplier Code of Conduct and were the first event to use the Singapore Sustainability Guidelines for the MICE industry (produced by the Singapore Tourism Board).  These helped our suppliers and our event team to review, discuss and improve the event management practices. We achieved basic level for 100% of organiser and supplier requirements and intermediate level for 50% of the event.

Sustainable Procurement: The event management team made a series of conscientious decisions in the purchasing of material and services. This included signage, badge holders, lanyards, printing, catering, communications as well as the selection of venue and location.

On-site Audit: MCI Sustainability Services provided independent assessment on the sustainability practices of the hotel, venue, catering, food and beverage and suppliers. They collected measurement data and documented results.

Review: The results and experiences from our sustainability initiatives were reviewed and learnings incorporated into the planning of our next events in order to improve performance.

Read and download the full sustainability report below

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