ICCA is pleased to release the GDS-Movement Sustainability Measurement Report for the 61st ICCA Congress, which recently took place in Kraków, Poland between the 6th and 9th November 2022.

The report provides an in-depth analysis of the environmental, social, and economic impact based on ICCA’s:

Sustainability Roadmap and Strategy

Performance Review – Event Footprint

Event Successes and Best Practice

Key Challenges and Recommendations

The 61st ICCA Congress was the first in-person ICCA global event since the pandemic and attracted over 900 delegates, speakers, and ICCA staff from 81 countries. There was representation from across the world allowing ICCA to use congress as a platform to place sustainability – which is one of the four ICCA pillars – at the top of the agenda. ICCA took measures to mitigate issues around plastic use, transportation, food waste and operational collateral. Details of which are covered in the report.

ICCA CEO Senthil Gopinath says: ‘Using GDS to help monitor and benchmark the way we conduct ourselves at events can only benefit us in the long term. We are passionate advocates of best practice in the international meetings and events industry – and proud founder partners of the Net Zero Carbon Events Roadmap. We take pride in the positives the report shows and take heed of the measures we need to implement to make our meetings, especially the 62nd Congress in Bangkok this November, even more sustainable.’

ICCA would like to thank the GDS-Movement and their partners for their expertise and look forward to continuing our strong working relationship to promote sustainability across the entire events and meetings industry.

The full report can be accessed here