We are committed to integrating our principles of sustainability into our processes and the daily work of our global teams. We believe in the spirit of winning: of challenging the status quo and never being complacent. With quality as a quest we constantly evolve and innovate, pushing the boundaries of our systems and procedures.
The Sustainability Champion in each office is responsible for building a team and working with management and their colleagues to create an Annual Sustainability Plan with clear objectives and deliverables with a local engagement strategy. The Plan focuses on improving sustainability performance within the office and on client projects. We benchmark performance between our offices via our strategic scorecard. Over the last few years we have learnt that the offices delivering the best sustainability performance have achieved their progress through engagement and teamwork. Firstly they have created a Sustainability Team, with key talent from all the major office departments such as sales, event operations, creative and HR and have worked collaboratively to integrate sustainability into their local culture and standard operating processes.
Measuring our own emissions
Since 2011, our offices are required to report quarterly on sustainability impacts and progress. Collating the information is challenging, but we are gradually improving our processes and creating a culture of accountability. This indirect and direct carbon emissions under our direct control (i.e. our office buildings and business travel) are estimated at 3,908 metric tons CO2e. This is an average of 3.01 tCO2e per talent, a 26% reduction in carbon intensity since 2010.
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Emissions from our clients’ events
We estimated the 2012 carbon footprint of the events we organise for our clients at 281,339 metric tons CO2e, a 9% growth on 2011 due to the increase in the amount of events we organised. Our client event emissions represent 99% of our total footprint and they are clearly one of our key material issues and the “elephant in the room”. These Scope 3 Emissions provide one of our key business challenges as our core business model is organising events and transporting people around the world- a major cause of carbon emissions. To reduce these client created emissions we need to consistently innovate to offer better technology meeting solutions, rethink where we locate the events, educate and raise awareness about sustainability within our value chain, and create MCI products and services to help our clients.
Our Carbon Measurement Methodology
Our Greenhouse Gas (GHG) measurement processes follow the UK Governments Defra GHG Reporting guidelines and the WRI Greenhouse Gas Protocol. We report using Carbon Dioxide Equivalents CO2e, which account for carbon emissions and other more potentially damaging greenhouse gases (SF6, CO2, CH4, NO2, HFCs, PFCs). Our emissions factors are obtained from Defra. For more information and to understand our approach to measuring carbon emissions and Scope1,2,3 we recommend this Defra Publication. MCI Sustainability Services have been very involved in developing methodologies for measuring and reporting on the social, environmental and economic impacts of the meetings industry. More information
In 2012 we made steady progress in integrating sustainability into our procurement and operational processes and the usage of the MCI Supplier Code of Conduct increased with 57% of our key international partners now subscribing to our sustainability policy. We were challenged to measure the compliance in the local offices and since have implemented improved processes for 2013, with a goal to have the top 10 suppliers in each office compliant with our policy. In May 2013, MCI Sustainability Services will be running a training course for all MCI Procurement officers.
During 2012, our Event Safety and Sustainability Tool (ESST) went into mainstream implementation and 76% of all MCI events (2660 events) were assessed for security and sustainability risks. Our goal is to assess 100% of all our events and we are aiming for 90% in 2013.
To recognise our best performers the “Leadership in CSR Award” is presented at our annual company meeting. In 2012, the judges reviewed submissions under the categories of Governance, Office Operations, Event Operations, Sales, Community Action and X Factor Innovation, rewarding offices who have demonstrated innovative efforts to raise awareness about sustainability issues and engage MCI partners & clients through education, community projects or events. They serve as best practice models from which we develop and improve our standard operating practices. This year’s proud winner was MCI Australia (Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne & Sydney), who achieved 100% completion of the ESST (Event Safety and Sustainability Tool) tool, integrated sustainability into all client proposals and events, and helped clients integrate sustainability into their events including the GRI Conference on Sustainability and the Sports Council of Australia. The team created their own event inviting Sustainability Directors from the Australian business community to attend the launch of the annual sustainability report. This video highlights their energy and passion for sustainability: http://youtu.be/xXPZzwNuAv0
Once you understand that sustainability is not just about being green but is at the very core of our corporate DNA (who we are, how we work, what we believe) it’s a lot easier to live the dream.”
Stephan Wurzinger – Managing Director, MCI Australia
The “MCI Innovation in CSR” award celebrates true innovators in our global network and allows smaller offices to gain recognition against larger offices with more resources. The 2012 Award was won by MCI Barcelona for their extraordinary efforts to support Fundación Fatima, a shelter and home to 32 children aged between 0 and 12 years who have been separated from their parents. With Spain facing a terrible economic crisis and public funds being slashed to an absolute minimum, Fundación Fátima was struggling to survive. The team at MCI Barcelona decided to channel all their office energy and client goodwill to support this one individual and local charity, raising funds by organising a selection of innovative internal and client activities in support of the foundation.
Thanks to the gracious support of MCI and their dedication to involve their clients and partners, we have been able to insulate the areas where the babies sleep, buy new computers for the children, give them a Christmas party, take them to the Zoo and to see FC Barcelona. Together with MCI we have been more able to provide the children with basic entertainment and resources that most children have and that these children deserve.
Mª Pilar Montanè, Directora de Fundación Fátima
The engagement of our offices in our sustainability efforts is inspiring. I am proud of the MCI Australia and MCI Spain teams for winning the MCI CSR Awards because they have demonstrated how to integrate CSR in a way that creates value for our business, our clients, our Talents and for our community.”
Joëlle Zumwald – Group HR Director
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