The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging businesses, economies, and societies around the world.
Covering projects and programs from around the world, a new report published by the Joint Meetings
Industry Council (JMIC) presents the most comprehensive assessment yet completed of Meetings
Industry activities addressing the full range of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG’s).
The program was an extension of an initiative begun by UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibition
Industry, with a view to expanding its perspective into other business event sectors.
The Report is based on 43 submissions from 16 countries world-wide, and includes initiatives from Europe, North and South America, Asia, Australia and Africa. This diversity helped demonstrate the wide range of approaches being taken as well as a global commitment to addressing UNSDG Goals in the Meetings Industry.
The case studies were assessed for compliance with screening standards established by Greenview Hospitality PTE, who then used them to compile the final report.
“While COVID-19 still defines our industry’s short term agenda, we need to look ahead as well. As we rebuild events, it will be mandatory that we do this in a way that is aligned with global standards on sustainable development. This new report shares successful initiatives from around the world – every one of them can serve as a blueprint for hundreds of companies”, said JMIC President Kai Hattendorf.
The format for reporting created a range of practical insights, including design, strategy, implementation and evaluation. They were aggregated under three overall categories: Event Themes and Content; Event Execution and Operations and Company Operations, each of which was explored in terms of how activities were aligned with specific UNSD goals. Some specific practical opportunities that emerged for consideration by other industry participants included opportunities to align performance reporting systems with relevant UNSDG’s and to use the process to create a “culture of sustainable development” within an organization through the formation of working groups and related policies.
Report authors identified five top UNSDG’s addressed in the portfolio of case studies as:
1. Responsible consumption and production | UNSDG 12
2. Creating partnerships to achieve goals | UNSDG 17
3. Sustainable cities and communities | UNSDG 11
4. Climate action | UNSDG 13
5. Decent work and economic growth | UNSDG 8
In summary, the Report authors noted that “The Meetings Industry has a critical role to play in moving the needle forward given that it enjoys an incomparable outreach – millions of international attendees and exhibitors are engaged every year, spanning a wide cross section of all sectors of business, government, academia and community. The work of the Meetings Industry wields meaningful influence on how knowledge and business practices evolve, and supports economic, professional, social and academic advancement to the benefit of all”.
The Report, along with details of the component case studies, are available on the Joint Meetings
Industry website www.themeetingsindustry.org
Said Hattendorf “This Report, along with the detailed case studies it has summarized, is extraordinarily useful in that is presents the tangible actions of many in our industry who have taken the concepts of the UNSDG framework and applied them in practical and demonstrable way.”
JMIC wishes to acknowledge the thoughtful work done by the successful contributors to the study; they are:
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
International Convention Centre Sydney
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place
Montreal Convention Centre (Palais des congrès de Montréal)
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited
European Association of Event Centres
German Convention Bureau
The Leipzig Trade Fair Group (Leipziger Messe GmbH)
Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association
Palacongressi di Rimini
World Forum The Hague
Glasgow Convention Bureau
Oregon Convention Center
Marina Bay Sands Pte Ltd
Singapore Association of Convention & Exhibition Organisers & Suppliers
Barcelona International Convention Centre (Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona)
Valencia Conference Centre
The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Group (Svenska Mässan koncernen)
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