Why we're putting sustainability at the heart of what we do
In August 2016, Glasgow became the first city in the UK to be included in a new sustainability ranking of leading international conference destinations – alongside the likes of Houston, Sydney, Kyoto, Barcelona, Geneva, Helsinki, Stockholm and Frankfurt. Glasgow is currently ranked as number 4 in the world.
The Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index), initiated by the Scandinavian Chapter of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) in collaboration with professional conference organiser MCI Group, aims to bring destinations together to benchmark and improve the social and environmental performance of their respective meetings industries by highlighting best practice and promoting responsible business tourism.
Glasgow is partnering with international sustainability leader EarthCheck to assist the city to benchmark its environmental and social performance. Based on the fundamental belief that ‘what gets measured, gets managed’ the EarthCheck Sustainable Destinations program helps communities to measure and monitor their environmental economic, and social impact, and prepare and track that performance against their own targets and the performance of other destinations across the world.
We want to build on our existing credentials to further support the city in achieving its sustainable objectives and play a greater role in helping to make Glasgow greener.
Glasgow Convention Bureau has recently signed up to the Tourism Declares initiative, which aims to inspire and encourage all sectors of the travel industry - including Operators, Agents, Platforms, DMCs, Tourism Boards, Trade Associations, Hotel chains, Academia, Airlines, Media and Service Providers - to acknowledge the climate emergency and develop appropriate action plans. View our Tourism Declares statement.
More information on our sustainable aspirations can be found within our People Make Glasgow Greener Strategy. You can also view our Sustainable Strategy Report for 2021.