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Conscious Events Q&A With Guest Lea Boodee INTRODUCTION TO CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY What is a conscious event & is it a good idea? A Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) event is an event that has a positive change in the community and the world by balancing fiscal, social, environmental and employer responsibilities. The positive impact of CSR is not just on the local community, it is inspiring to see people working together and building a camaraderie by giving their time and resources to a meaningful cause. In short - it feels good to do good! Society is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose and with millennials predicted by Statista to account for 35 per cent of the global workforce by 2020 and Generation Z rapidly gaining buying power. The 2017 Millennial Impact Report reveals millennials are only growing more invested in corporate philanthropy and social improvement. The workforce and consumer market are quickly being populated by history's most socially responsible demographics and it's vital businesses adapt to their demands. How can events be more conscious? There are many ways you can embed CSR initiatives into your next event; from simple activities such as choosing to make a donation on behalf of your attendees, use suppliers from an ethical supply chain, offer a group volunteer roles etc. Using a couple of examples from previous events you have managed please share some sustainability/conscious problems and their solutions: MarchFest & The NZ Cider Festival - To reduce waste we use bio-degradable tokens instead of plastic ones and ensure all food carts use sustainable packaging. - To support local community projects, we offer volunteer groups the opportunity to fundraise at our events. This is also a great team building experience. 54

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Nelson Parent Child Expo – To further support local charities we donated all door ticket proceeds to Helping Families Nelson. Conferences & Corporate Events - To help cut greenhouse gases we encourage conference clients to provide at least one plant based conference meal. “The results show that offering low-impact menus for 500 attendees can save five acres of habitat from animal agriculture, avoid greenhouse emissions equivalent to those created by driving a car 22,000 miles, prevent 17 tons of manure pollution, and conserve nearly 100,000 gallons of water from irrigation and food processing”. – To recycle the supply of excess delegate satchels we participate in the “Satchels for School Project” where satchels are gifted to schools in low income countries for use as school bags. - In an attempt to make conferences as sustainable as possible, we offer attendees the opportunity to offset their travel-related carbon emissions by planting a tree at a local coastal reserve. - For the 2019 NZ Marine Sciences Society Conference we partnered with the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust (YEPT), a conservation charity based in Dunedin, whose principal aim is to protect our endemic yellow-eyed penguins | hoiho and their habitat. YEPT has its own nursery, established in 1988, which propagates native trees and shrubs sourced from local seed. These are planted in suitable habitat to provide shelter and nesting sites required by penguins. A donation of $10 allowed for the propagation of a tree in the nursery, planting in a YEPT reserve, and maintenance to ensure that the plantings thrive. The donations soaked up carbon dioxide and helped to restore the healthy coastal habitat that endangered yellow-eyed penguins rely on. - There is often a lot of food waste at Conferences; to solve this issue we work with venues and food rescue charities, such as Kiwiharvest. org.nz who will collect surplus food and deliver it to those who need it most.

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