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Mice Asia Net : July 2008
australia where environment & community AustrAliA hAs An unmistAkAble commitment to delivering sustainable business events that meet corporate social and environmental goals. matter infrastructure developments in the Australian business events sector. Head of Business Events Australia, Joyce DiMascio, says that Australia has long been a pioneer in sustainable practices, producing some of the world’s leading climate change experts. “We know from ongoing research that Australia’s hospitality, tourism and events industries understand the importance of sustainability and make it paramount in their business practices,” she said. “Australian business event suppliers have the expertise to deliver ecologically sound and socially responsible events. “Our venues, hotels, transport operators, staging and creative service agencies are taking steps not only to safeguard precious environmental resources, but also to preserve the diversity and vitality of our cultural landscape for future generations.” Business Events Australia has assessed demand for green services in the delivery of business events in a recent study. It also gathered information about the ‘greenness’ of Australia’s business events operators. A The study found that: • Australian operators agree that green credentials are important • more than half have in place a sustainable business practice policy 54 miceAsia.net ustralia’s recent signing of the Kyoto Protocol has put the seal on Australia’s international environmental credentials, underscoring a raft of new conservation initiatives and eco- • three-quarters consider environmental issues in their purchasing decisions • nearly 40 per cent currently offer eco-friendly product alternatives for clients • almost every organisation minimises waste. Phase two of the research is a national Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) audit. This audit will collect information on levels of accreditation and steps being taken to develop CSR targets and processes by the Australia industry. Tourism Australia is the first national tourism organisation to undertake an audit of this kind. “The preservation of our natural environment is a major priority of Tourism Australia. It underpins all of our work with the Australian industry,” Ms DiMascio said. “We are also aiming to educate our clients on how to ensure their business events in Australia are delivered in the most ecologically and socially responsible way. It is our duty as leaders in the business events and tourism sector to be custodians of our natural environment. Not only is it the right thing to do, it makes good business sense. “We have found in our dealings with buyers from across Asia an equally strong commitment to growing business events in the most responsible way possible.”