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Lessons from a decade of dedication

Lessons from a decade of dedication

July 25, 2017

It’s amazing to reflect that we started our sustainability journey over 10 years ago. Since then, the world has changed significantly, and aside from an increasingly isolated American President, the world’s governments’ and businesses are united in the need to tackle climate change, environmental degradation and social challenges head on. But what has changed for […]

Part II: The Rising C’s of our Urban Future

Part II: The Rising C’s of our Urban Future

June 1, 2017

Last week we presented Part I of this two-part article: The Rising C’s of our Urban Future. Part I revealed the first four “C’s” as trending issues for destinations and cities of the future. Part II of this article discusses the last three:  5. Citizen Involvement The Smart City agenda until recently has been very […]

Part I: The Rising C’s of Our Urban Future

Part I: The Rising C’s of Our Urban Future

May 10, 2017

Cities have been the engines of knowledge, productivity and growth throughout history, and will be essential to the future competitiveness of nations and regions. As Smart City implementations become more mainstream, the market is now entering into a new phase: an important period where cities must engage all stakeholders and in particular the citizen to […]

An exclusive preview of insights from upcoming Destination Whitepaper – to be launched at IMEX

An exclusive preview of insights from upcoming Destination Whitepaper – to be launched at IMEX

April 4, 2017

    Over the past year research has been ongoing into pioneering thinking in sustainable destination management. Below are 4 of the key trends to be discovered in the soon-to-be-released whitepaper from the 2016 Global Destination Sustainability Index: Targeted Storytelling Advertising is out, storytelling is in. DMOs are segmenting consumer profiles and developing more reactive […]

Saying “No” to All-Male Panels: Why it Matters

Saying “No” to All-Male Panels: Why it Matters

March 8, 2017

Think about the last conference you attended and try to recall: was there an all-male panel? And what about the conference before that? In fact, have the majority of panel discussions you’ve attended, organised or – if like me, you identify as male – participated in been all-male? Sadly, for most the answer is “yes” […]

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 […]

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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