ICCA Scandinavia Launch 2nd Destination Sustainability Index

ICCA Scandinavia Launch 2nd Destination Sustainability Index
The five Scandinavian countries continue to collaborate and innovate to advance sustainability in the meetings industry. Released today, the 2013 Scandinavian Destination Sustainability Index demonstrates an annual improvement of 11% towards their goal of creating the world first sustainable meetings region.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Scandinavian Destination Sustainability Index is a unique study commissioned by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Scandinavian Chapter, conducted by MCI Sustainability Services and sponsored by MCI and VisitAarhus. The Index analyzes and benchmarks social and environment sustainability performance of 20 destinations in the meetings industry across Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway. 

Peer Kristensen Chair of the ICCA Scandinavian Chapter and Director of VisitAarhus in Denmark who sponsored the Index comments:

- Sustainability is a driver for change and progress. We are all witnessing a demand for better, more unique and more efficient meetings. This means rethinking the way meetings are organised and businesses are driven. The ICCA Scandinavian Index and Accord is holding us accountable to deliver progress in the short and long term.

Since the first Index in 2012, the sustainability commitment and performance of the Scandinavian Convention Bureaus and local meetings industries has increased by a significant 11%. Key findings noted that 38% of CVBs now have a public available sustainable policy compared to 19% last year, and 74% have sustainability information on websites compared to 25% in 2012.

Martin Sirk, Chief Executive Officer of ICCA shared:

- It’s inspiring to see how the ICCA Scandinavian Chapter has developed their sustainability project over the last 4 years. Sustainability is one of the defining issues of our time, and the Scandinavian chapter is setting a global precedent on how we should be collaborating to advance our industry’s responsible business practices. This, the second Index is a fine example of Scandinavian leadership and collaboration in action. It serves as a beacon to other chapters.

The top performing destinations were in Sweden: Uppsala and last year’s winner Gothenburg, who both improved their results respectively by 18% and 9%. The most improved city on the index was Turku with an impressive 81% increase!  

Project lead, Guy Bigwood of MCI Sustainability Services, comments:

- The regional leaders from the Scandinavian countries share a vision of a better, smarter and more sustainable future. At MCI, we feel this innovative model of leadership collaboration will result in destinations that are positioned to succeed and to capture new business from the rapidly expanding sustainability-minded marketplace.

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More on the Sustainability Index:

The report can be downloaded from the ICCA Scandinavian Website

Follow the initiative on #ICCASCAN

More reports and news at the Danish Sustainable Events Initiative site

Your Index contacts are:

Project Leader: Guy Bigwood, MCI Group, Guy.bigwood@mci-group.com

Denmark: Kristian Rødbro, VisitAarhus Convention, kr@visitaarhus.com 

Finland: Erika Eischer Erika.Eischer@tampere-talo.fi

Iceland: Sigrun Sigurdardottir sigrun@icelandcongress.is

Norway: Bente Holm bente@norwayconventionbureau.no;

Sweden: Lennart Johansson lennart.johansson@goteborg.com 

About ICCA:

ICCA is the global community for the meetings industry, enabling its members to generate and maintain significant competitive advantage. The ICCA Scandinavian chapter consists of five countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Scandinavia is one of the most popular meetings regions in the world, and famous for the pristine nature, excellent infrastructure, high quality services, as well as the sustainable way of life and equal opportunities for everybody.

The Index is one of the deliverables of a multi-year ICCA Scandinavian Chapter project to create the world´s first sustainable meetings region. It was the conclusion of the unique study commissioned by ICCA Scandinavian Chapter, and conducted by MCI Sustainability Services.

About MCI Sustainability Services:

MCI Sustainability Services is the dedicated sustainable business consultancy of MCI, the globally integrated Association, Communication and Event Management Company. With a focus on the meetings industry, MCI Sustainability Services offer a proven portfolio of systems, tools and methodologies to help destinations and organizations transform and achieve their business goals through the integration of sound principles of sustainable development. More information