HOW IT WORKS

How It Works

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.