continuously innovate in order to make the cash sector more sustainable. “Every sector has a role to play,” says Menhinick. “For example, in the currency sector there is fierce debate around polymer and cotton bank notes: which is the most sustainable option? It’s not immediately obvious. But regardless of that, the industry is able to come together and say we need to look at the entire supply chain, here, and see where we can make improvements.”

manager at FIDI Global Alliance, an international association of moving and relocation companies, said organisations should advance with clear aims. “Change without foresight and thoughtfulness is chaos,” she said. “Many organisations don’t have in-house experts, or the budget to hire consultants, and as with any other change process, it’s about creating conditions for people to engage with ‘big problems’, assessing the organisation and the members’ readiness for this change and getting key opportunities for change organised.” She urged associations to think about what sustainability means to them. Associations represent sectors, so their primary role here is to help their members become agents for change.

DEFINING THE PROBLEM Carolina Goradesky (right) , conference

Bridget Chisholm, International Leadership Association, said: “As global congress organisers we have a responsibility to our constituents and others to take seriously, and do something about, the carbon footprint our industry creates.”

“We need to define what we mean by sustainability in the context of our business and pinpoint how we’re able to tackle, measure and produce positive impact consistently.

Sustainability is about 17 intertwined development areas, environment being one of them. Also, wemust contextualise how to make this work for people (or they won’t engage) and independently of governance cycles.”


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