Last week I had the honor and the pleasure of speaking at the IAPCO general meeting. IAPCO (International Association of Professional Congress Organisers) is a non-profit organisation that represents professional organisers and managers of international and national congresses, conventions and special events.
Following their objective of “raising standards of service and providing continuing education to its members”, IAPCO kindly invited me to present to over 66 senior managers and owners of some of the worlds most important congress companies.
For the concept of my presentation and the workshops afterwards, I decided to focus the session on the need to “raise the bar”. CSR in parts is now widely implemented in many events and pco companies. However levels of success and degrees of integration vary. Many people have started environmental programs, but have little understand of the other components of CSR, such as corporate governance, labour and human rights.
In fact the meetings industry is not a high performer when it comes to CSR. So its time for us all to be looking to raise the bar, through consistent action, standards, measurement, reporting and certification. You can see and download my presentation here.
What I particularly liked and impressed me were the results of the continuing workshops. We divided the delegates into 3 teams:
- Green events
- CSR in events
- CSR in the office
The level of content and new ideas coming out of the workshops was excellent. I very much look forward to the publishing of the resulting guidelines. The CSR in events content is particularly creative and original. Congratulations to IAPCO and to your members.