Maatschappelijk verantwoord ondernemen (MVO), CO2-reductie en -compensatie zijn inmiddels ook in onze branche zaken waarmee de organisator zich bezig dient te houden. In de VS bestaat de Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC) die zich specifiek met dit thema voor onze branche bezighoudt.
Volgens recent onderzoek maakt in de VS inmiddels 67% van de meeting en incentive professionals afwegingen en overwegingen wanneer het op milieu-aspecten aankomt bij de organisatie van bijeenkomsten. Waaruit maar weer eens blijkt dat duurzaamheid geen modegril meer is, maar kern geworden is. Lees hieronder het artikel van GMIC en wat er zoal gebeurt op dit gebied.
On the heels of its February annual conference in Portland, Ore., the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) has released The Future is Green: Charting a Sustainable Future for Meetings, the result of a workshop that asked meetings and sustainability professionals to answer the question: If our vision as individuals is to make meetings more sustainable what can we and our partners do in 2007 to make this happen?
The report provides a snapshot of sustainable practices by the industry, highlighting best practices by leaders in destination management, accommodations, food and beverage, exhibits and planning. Additionally, the GMIC has already undertaken the following.
• Contacted key meetings industry associations about the outcomes of the report and issued invitations to engage in specific activities to support sustainability.
• Partnered in the creation of a green meetings business directory with the Green Global Village, IMEX and MCI Group.
• Initiated research in support of greener meetings, including a study regarding climate change and its relationship to the meetings sector and a Green Meetings Scorecard to track the impacts of sustainable meeting practices.
• Partnered with the MPI Foundation and the PCMA Education Foundation to create a green meetings speakers series.
“Within the last year interest in green meeting practices have jumped significantly, GMIC President Amy Spatrisano, CMP, said. “The GMIC is looking to initiate a coordinated approach to sustainability for the meeting sector and provide leadership in terms of creating timely and useful resources for professionals that are trying to integrate this as a business strategy.”
According to Shawna McKinley, GMIC executive director, industry practitioners are looking for opportunities to integrate sustainability into meetings activities.
“The purpose of the GMIC’s workshop and this report has been to show others what is possible in terms of practice and identify priorities for all of us in moving forward,” she said. “With such interest in the issue by the industry our concern is that we plan for a consistent, long-term plan to engage people in sustainability in a coordinated way. Our hope is this report will lay the foundation to do this.”