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Politics – the 21st century battleground for Corporate Values

Politics – the 21st century battleground for Corporate Values

February 2, 2017

The new President of the United States has brought us a few changes already, many bringing dismay to the population and leading to protests across the US, from cities, to airports to most recently- college campuses.  A wave of morose resistance is rising and there is a growing citizen response across America and the globe. Amongst all […]

2017 – Your chance to shine in Creating a New World

2017 – Your chance to shine in Creating a New World

January 9, 2017

Enough soul-searching over what we lost in 2016, it’s time to lift the chin and face that bright sun of 2017. In the words of the dearly departed, George Michael “I gotta have “faith”  . . ”faith” ….”faith”.  So with a gloomy political climate giving Europe and the US a chill and a Trumponian setback […]

Reflection on 2016 & Sustainability

Reflection on 2016 & Sustainability

December 19, 2016

2016. An interesting year in a multitude of ways, many will look back on a tumultuous political landscape, from the shock of Brexit in Europe through to a hard fought US election and a shifting growingly insular outlook in many more countries. Fear not, a whole generation of humankind such as ours has never had […]

The GDS-Index: Three Reasons Why You Should Take Notice

The GDS-Index: Three Reasons Why You Should Take Notice

November 30, 2016

Incase you haven’t heard, the ground-breaking initiative Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) announced its first official results and rankings of 35 participating destinations in November. The results were officially released at the ICCA Congress, with Gothenburg currently in the lead! So what exactly is the GDS-Index again? Launched in March 2016 by IMEX, ICCA and MCI, it […]

China – The Eco Destination of the Future?

China – The Eco Destination of the Future?

November 4, 2016

You may think we are being provocative but we like to think we’ve got a pretty nifty crystal ball here and there’s some exciting developments bubbling in China. The government has been focusing on soft power and investing more money in science & green tech industry  than any other nation these past years. It’s clear to […]

How Can Benchmarking Make Destinations More Sustainable?

How Can Benchmarking Make Destinations More Sustainable?

October 5, 2016

In response to an increasing focus on responsible and sustainable practices in the events industry, leading MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Conference and Event) destinations are working to make their locations more competitive and attractive to event planners and stakeholders. An integral part of what cities and venues are doing to improve the desirability of their destinations […]

Don’t Underestimate the Ripple Effect of Your Actions

Don’t Underestimate the Ripple Effect of Your Actions

September 16, 2016

“I’m only one person, so what difference will this make?” is something I hear a lot in the sustainability sphere. After all, what’s one more plastic bottle considering the ocean of bottles already floating around out there? The notion that we are only a small speck in the great mechanism of humanity can be discouraging […]

Cures for 21st Century Ailments- Event Wellness Trends

Cures for 21st Century Ailments- Event Wellness Trends

August 4, 2016

Something’s wrong with the world, for many it feels like a new era- hopefully not the era of Trump, but a new era no less. Most of our generation have been fortunate enough not to live through world wars and real struggle but waves of lone wolf crazies & terrorism make us feel threatened more […]

Singapore, a Leading Sustainable Destination

Singapore, a Leading Sustainable Destination

June 24, 2016

Every business in the 21st century needs to demonstrate what good they’re doing for the world, according to Roger Simons, Regional Sustainability Director for the Asia Pacific Region at the MCI Group, previously Group Sustainability Manager. He explains why sustainability in events is important for planners, buyers and organisations that are looking for smart, future […]

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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