MCI is a passionate believer and innovator in sustainability reporting. We believe that transparency is a key tool in engaging stakeholders, fighting “greenwash” and informing our customers how seriously we take our commitment to sustainability.
Our approach to reporting is based on the new Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Guidelines . This year we migrated our reporting from GRI G3.1 to the new GRI G4 guidelines with a goal to improve structure, content and comparability. For the first time, this report was externally and independently assured by BPA (BPAWW) using the AccountAbility’s AA1000AS (2008) assurance standard. Read the Assurer’s report and consult our GRI Content Index for more information.
Scope of Report
The 2013 MCI Sustainability Report covers the period from January 1st 2013 until December 31st 2013. The scope and the issues covered in our sustainability report were selected based on the GRI G4 Reporting Principles, the GRI Boundary Protocol, stakeholder input and on-going trend analysis. We take a precautionary approach to our sustainability strategy and report on issues that our material to our current and future business, and our stakeholders.
The information in this report covers all MCI and Ovation operations but does not yet cover the following brands and joint ventures: Logos, Dorier, Faircontrol, B-Com, the Extra Mile Company or Global Initiatives. No significant changes from the previous reporting periods have been made, including the boundaries and measurement methods applied throughout the report. The 2012 Carbon footprint figure has been updated due to some new data becoming available.
Why do we report
We produce this sustainability report for three key reasons:
- Drive the performance of our sustainability processes and accountability
- Build trust in the MCI brand by transparently communicating our past performance and future strategy
- Compliance: clients, governments and financial institutions are increasingly demanding that we report on our sustainability programme
Supporting Transparency Globally
We continue to support the UN Global Compact to promote more responsible and transparent business. In 2013 we are proud to have supported GRI to develop and organise the Global Conference on Reporting and Sustainability, where the G4 guidelines were launched. Read the event sustainability report that we helped create or watch this short summary of the results of the conference.
MCI sustainability consultants were part of the technical and advisory groups who created GRI’s Event Organisers Sector Supplement, which has been used to further improve our reporting.
Previous Sustainability Reports
This is our fifth sustainability report and to date we have created over 30 sustainability reports for our clients. As part of our journey we helped GRI to develop specific guidelines for the event sector.
- “Where the future begins, the 2013 MCI Sustainability Report” – the first sustainability report by an international events agency to use the GRI G4 framework
- “The Power of Engagement, the 2012 MCI Sustainability Report” – the first web-based sustainability report for an international events agency
- “Creating Value, the 2011 MCI Sustainability Report” – the first interactive sustainability report released for an international events agency
- “Taking Action, the 2010 MCI Sustainability Report” – the first international events agency to release a GRI validated sustainability report
- “The inaugural 2009 MCI CSR Report” – the first sustainability report by an international events agency.
The journey to sustainability is a collaborative one. Your thoughts about this report as well as any suggestions that might help us to improve the efficiency and impact of our efforts towards sustainability are most welcome.
Please e-mail your comments to: Guy Bigwood, Group Sustainability Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
We would be delighted and extremely grateful if you could take five minutes to complete our reader survey.
We would like to say a particular thank you to all the MCI staff and the following colleagues for their time reviewing and providing feedback that improved this report: Roger Simons, Lindsey Rodger, Avinash Chandarana, Leonie Tijink, Carlo Saya, Ewoud Langenberg and Sylvia Andre.
Graphic and web design was provided by Matt Quirk and Babu Blatt at Noko Studio Ltd.