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 […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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?

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 […]