We want to protect our environment for future generations, so we try hard to be a green company. We recycle all our used paper and other office waste, turn computers and printers off at the end of the day, and never boil more water than we need. We use public transport (or even bicycles!) to get to meetings when possible, and we practice carbon offsetting for our air travel. Individual events can be green as well, in many different ways. We always ensure that our clients have considered locations close to home before jetting off to
far-flung destinations, and ask venues and hotels to recycle or donate unused banqueting food.
But our ethical approach is not just about being aware of climate change. We also look at destinations in detail and produce honest and objective reports which cover not only the conference facilities but also the country’s political, economic and human rights records. Travel continues to be one of the best means of encouraging direct, spontaneous contact between people of different cultures, and is acknowledged by the United Nations World Tourism Organization as being a vital force for peace. Tourism can also play a powerful positive role in the creation of wealth and employment, especially in the world’s least developed countries, but only when itineraries are thoughtfully planned and delivered. We use local suppliers whenever it is viable, and aim to create conference programmes that not only satisfy our clients’ needs, but can also be delivered in harmony with the environment, traditions and customs of the host country or region.