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How Can Benchmarking Make Destinations More Sustainable?

How Can Benchmarking Make Destinations More Sustainable?

December 2, 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 […]

How can Associations Work Better with Destinations to Drive Sustainability

How can Associations Work Better with Destinations to Drive Sustainability

June 21, 2016

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

May 12, 2016

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

April 22, 2016

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

April 1, 2016

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

February 17, 2016

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 […]

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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