GDS-Index

The brands that organise events and the consumers that attend them are demanding greater responsibility and performance from destinations and their suppliers.

To view the sustainability performance of the pioneering cities benchmarked under the Global Destination Sustainability Index please click the button below.

Who are we?

We are a collaborative business initiative created to help Destinations, Convention Bureaux, Event Planners and Suppliers drive the adoption and recognition of sustainable practices in their city and in the global events industry.

GDS-Index

The brands that organise events and the consumers that attend them are demanding greater responsibility and performance from destinations and their suppliers.

To view the sustainability performance of the pioneering cities benchmarked under the Global Destination Sustainability Index please click the button below.

Who are we?

We are a collaborative business initiative created to help Destinations, Convention Bureaux, Event Planners and Suppliers drive the adoption and recognition of sustainable practices in their city and in the global events industry.

What we do

IDENTIFY

We identify and compare the sustainability strengths and challenges facing destinations and their event industry.

SUPPORT

We support Convention Bureaux, cities and private-public initiatives to efficiently craft and implement long-term sustainability strategies.

PROMOTE

We help highlight and promote destinations with strong performance, best practice and innovation.

INSPIRE

We engage and inspire corporate, association and government clients to prize destinations with strong event sustainability initiatives.

How we do this?

BY BENCHMARKING

Developed by MCI Sustainability Services in collaboration with the founding cities, GDS-Index methodology measures and compares the social and environmental sustainability strategies, policies and performance of the participating destinations.

To compare performance, destinations are benchmarked across the following four key areas:

ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE

SOCIAL PERFORMANCE

SUPPLIER PERFORMANCE

CONVENTION BUREAU PERFORMANCE

BY ASSESSING AND PROMOTING

This process helps us identify gaps and opportunities for improvement

After Benchmarking, more advanced Cities and Convention Bureaux can approach the GDS-Index team for an in-depth assessment of the destination's strategies, policies and initiatives.

In collaboration with the destination in question, the GDS-Index consultants will assess over 80 criteria across 6 categories: Strategy and Stakeholder Engagement, Monitoring & Reporting, Policy and Incentives, Standards & Education, Marketing Communications and Community Development.

Destinations will receive a detailed profile report highlighting performance and areas for improvement.

Participating Cities benefit from a range of PR and Communication opportunities.

TRADITIONAL MEDIA

KEY MICE EVENTS

SOCIAL MEDIA

REPORT

BY CONSULTING

This process supports destinations looking to develop a comprehensive sustainability strategy.

In addition to assessments, the GDS-Index Team provides destinations with strategic consulting services to create a long-term sustainability implementation plan.

This process involves the creation of a detailed performance report, 4 days of online/face-to-face training, and the charting of Sustainability Goals and Key Performance Indicators aligned to the commitments of (and materiality issues facing) each destination.

How to participate?

DESTINATIONS

WHY PARTICIPATE?

Smart destinations with strong, quality-of-life increasing sustainability programs become attractive to visitors, event organisers and inhabitants alike.

These are the destinations who are using sustainability to drive economic development, accelerate innovation, build brand value, enhance competitive positioning and respond to client demand.

Brands and event attendees are increasingly demanding greater social responsibility and environmental performance from destinations and their suppliers.

By participating, destinations will increase their competitiveness by:

Catalysing collaboration to drive sustainable development of their events industry
Accelerating innovation
Responding to client demand for more sustainable products and services
Building and promoting their brand reputation

DELIVERABLES

BENCHMARKING

ASSESSING

CONSULTING

CUSTOM

Benchmarking against other destinations
High-level analysis and scorecard
Basic profile page on website
Profile page and promotional opportunities on Website
Sustainable Destination Performance Certificate
Detailed assessment report
4 days of Strategy Consulting, coaching and/or Training

€ 500
GET INVOLVED

€ 2,500
GET INVOLVED

€ 6,000
GET INVOLVED

BENCHMARKING

Benchmarking against other destinations
High-level analysis and scorecard
Basic profile page on website

€ 500
GET INVOLVED

ASSESSING

Benchmarking against other destinations
High-level analysis and scorecard
Basic profile page on website
Profile page and promotional opportunities on Website
Sustainable Destination Performance Certificate
Detailed assessment report

€ 2,500
GET INVOLVED

CONSULTING

Benchmarking against other destinations
High-level analysis and scorecard
Basic profile page on website
Profile page and promotional opportunities on Website
Sustainable Destination Performance Certificate
Detailed assessment report
4 days of Strategy Consulting, coaching and/or Training

€ 6,000
GET INVOLVED

CUSTOM

Benchmarking against other destinations
High-level analysis and scorecard
Basic profile page on website
Profile page and promotional opportunities on Website
Sustainable Destination Performance Certificate
Detailed assessment report
4 days of Strategy Consulting, coaching and/or Training
PARTNERS AND SPONSORS

WHY PARTICIPATE?

The GDS-Index is a unique opportunity to engage with destinations, industry suppliers, clients and event planners from around the world. Fostering transformative public-private partnerships is a top priority and to this end we invite organisations to support with the funding, development and outreach of the GDS-Index Report.

Sponsors and Partners may be organisations of any kind who are committed to responsible business and collective action to drive the sustainable development of the events industry.

WHY SPONSOR OR BECOME A PARTNER?

Demonstrate your commitment to building a more responsible and sustainable world.
Invest in a unique platform for partnerships between multiple stakeholders in the global events industry.
Visibility for and acknowledgement of your organisation's leadership position in sustainability.
Opportunity to share your organisation's vision, commitment, strategies and practices on a highly visible global platform.
Opportunity for meaningful exchange, learning and collaboration with other sustainability leaders from around the world.

DELIVERABLES

INDUSTRY SPONSORS

INDUSTRY PARTNERS

Ability to link to your own video, presentations and social media
Option to present at event industry workshops
Recognition and stand-out feature in Index website and report
Recognition in awards program, press releases, articles and presentations
Participation in advisory committee
Access to mailing list/database
Presentation role at Event Ceremony

€ 10,000
GET INVOLVED

€ 20,000
GET INVOLVED

INDUSTRY SPONSORS

Ability to link to your own video, presentations and social media
Option to present at event industry workshops
Recognition and stand-out feature in Index website and report
Recognition in awards program, press releases, articles and presentations

€ 10,000
GET INVOLVED

INDUSTRY PARTNERS

Recognition and stand-out feature in Index website and report
Recognition in awards program, press releases, articles and presentations
Participation in advisory committee
Access to mailing list/database
Presentation role at Event Ceremony

€ 20,000
GET INVOLVED