Sustainable destinations; Qualities of a leader

Sustainable destinations; Qualities of a leader

By 2050 70% of the world`s population of almost 10 billion people will live in cities. The vast majority of events are organized in cities, so what can the meeting industry do to make our event destinations more healthy, successful and ultimately sustainable. And how do we scale and speed up the implementation of sustainability […]

Top 10 Sustainable Event Trends for 2020

Top 10 Sustainable Event Trends for 2020

It’s the start of the year, and as seems to be in fashion, it’s time for us to share some thoughts about what’s coming up in the sustainable events world in the next few years. As such the following ten key sustainability trends are what we are predicting to happen in the event industry by 2020. […]

Don’t be bananas – cut the waste

Don’t be bananas – cut the waste

It is world food day and so I decided to make a little post about something that I really love and something I really hate. I love food and hate waste. Approximately one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. In the events industry we have calculated that over 50% is […]

Trends in Events Sustainability Reporting

Trends in Events Sustainability Reporting

Recently, I was interviewed by TTG Asia Magazine to provide them insights pertaining to MCI’s sustainability and reports. Some topics discussed include the commencement and efficacy of the impact reports, the sustainability level of our events, and the reason behind congregating despite waste generation. The following is the detailed interview with the TTG Asia Magazine: […]

IMEX-GMIC Green Meeting Award 2014

IMEX-GMIC Green Meeting Award 2014

During the IMEX Gala Dinner in Frankfurt, we were really proud to have received the prestigious IMEX-GMIC Green Meeting Award 2014 for our work with Global Initiatives on the 2013 Responsible Business Forum. Held in Singapore at leading sustainable event venue Marina Bay Sands, the Responsible Business Forum brought together over 430 industry leaders, NGOs […]

Responsible Business in Action

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 […]

How Can Benchmarking Make Destinations More Sustainable?

How Can Benchmarking Make Destinations More Sustainable?

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

“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

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

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 […]

How can Associations Work Better with Destinations to Drive Sustainability

How can Associations Work Better with Destinations to Drive Sustainability

By 2050, 70% of the world`s population of almost 10 billion people will live in cities. It is becoming increasingly critical for association executives to broaden their agendas to include strategies to help their organisation and its members become part of the ecosystem focused on creating more sustainable, healthy and prosperous cities. Destinations Management Organisations […]

How to build your sustainable brand story: When people come together, magic happens

How to build your sustainable brand story: When people come together, magic happens

Great achievements are rarely the result of a single action of an individual, but rather the outcome of communities coming together to debate, discuss and grow. However, does living in a digital age mean face-to-face meetings are a thing of the past – an inefficient way of bringing people together? Well, the short answer is […]

5 Mistakes Planners Make when Creating Sustainable Events

5 Mistakes Planners Make when Creating Sustainable Events

For Earth Day and for #csrshareday I wanted to share the 5 frequent mistakes planners make when creating sustainable events. Sustainability is unidimensional It isn’t only about protecting the environment, saving resources or about having a CSR project during your event. Winning sustainability is about creating an integrate strategy for all the economic, environmental and social issues, […]

Fed up with excuses

Fed up with excuses

I’m sorry to admit it – but I am getting rather fed up with all the excuses. Too often I hear event venues, hotels, agencies, and clients rattle off “justifications” for not implementing sustainability into their events and services.  “It’s too difficult; it’s too expensive; it takes too much time. My clients are not interested!” […]

From 0 to 100: Its time to Re-Energize

From 0 to 100: Its time to Re-Energize

Across the globe — in regions, cities, communities, businesses, and individual lives — people are proving that 100% renewable energy is not a fantasy, but a reality today. But what about the meetings and events industry? And what about convention, congress and exhibition centers? Its time that us “clients” started requesting. lobbying and selecting venues […]

2016- The end for CSR as we know it?

2016- The end for CSR as we know it?

The traditional model of CSR activities for corporations at events has been transforming over the years. Gone are the days when it was good enough for businesses to send their teams out planting trees or doing a one-off activity like painting an orphanage. Today’s participant has likely been there, done that and has a more […]