Global Initiatives and MCI, thought leaders in responsible business and drivers of innovation in the sustainability industry, worked together alongside leading sustainable event venue Marina Bay Sands to deliver a showcase sustainable event. This was thanks not only to innovative content and high-level participants, but also to the use of creative sustainable event practices.
Held at and supported by leading sustainable venue Marina Bay Sands, the Responsible Business Forum 2013 saw Minister Vivian Balakrishnan provide the opening welcoming speech and brought together over 430 business leaders, NGOs and policy-makers from across Southeast Asia to discuss commitments and policy recommendations to increase sustainability across various sectors. Event partners also included the National Environment Agency and Eco-Business.
The Global Initiatives and MCI collaboration delivered an industry leading approach that has pushed us to further raise the bar higher in delivering truly sustainable events. This IMEX-GMIC award is testament to that" said Tony Gourlay, Chief Executive of Global Initiatives.
“ Marina Bay Sands is very proud to have played an important role in helping MCI and Global Initiatives to roll out the forum in the most sustainable way possible. The meetings industry is an important one in Singapore and we hope that Global Initiatives and MCI’s IMEX-GMIC Green Meeting Award will spur even more event organisers to adopt best practices in sustainable events planning,” said Kevin Teng, Director of Sustainability at Marina Bay Sands.
The event delivered a 100% vegetarian and locally-sourced menu, one of the highest waste diversion rates ever disclosed for an event of its scale and the use of meeting room sensors to detect movement and conserve energy. The entire event including delegate travel was carbon neutral thanks for carbon offsetting partner South Pole Carbon.
“As this project was in Asia, a region with a number of sustainability challenges, it demonstrates how responsible event practices need to and can evolve in rapidly developing economies, and that through bold leadership and close collaboration we can accelerate sustainability and deliver better business results.” said Roger Simons, MCI Group Sustainability Manager, who collected the award from IMEX Chairman Ray Bloom during yesterday’s Gala Dinner in Frankfurt.
“The Responsible Business Forum successfully integrated strategic thinking and standards into the way the event was produced,” said IMEX Chairman Ray Bloom. “The Forum was commended for its many achievements such as implementing a strong event management system guided by ISO20121 and being the first event to use the new Singapore Sustainability Guidelines for the meetings and events industry.”