CEO Update – February 2023

06 Mar 2023

ICC Sydney strives to fulfill our mission to make a difference for the event organisers, stakeholders and community members we serve with every successful event. As business events rebound evermore strongly, so do our recruitment efforts and we have continued to build upon our robust and multi-skilled workforce who are here to support organisers to deliver extraordinary events. The power of ICC Sydney’s diverse team in supporting events was shared by our Director of Human Resources, Luke Fleming.

Delivered by our diverse team of caring professionals, a highlight of ICC Sydney’s suite of world class services is the venue’s industry leading Legacy Program. To support event organisers to leave a positive legacy, the program helps to identify and deliver on key Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) objectives.

It is through our Legacy Program that we connect attendees to the best and brightest minds, to the future generation of problem solvers and to the rich culture of Australia’s First Nations people. With every Legacy Program activation, ICC Sydney partners with event organisers and works to fulfil our ambition to be more than a venue delivering outcomes that better the environment and communities around us.

In line with ICC Sydney’s commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment, we proudly hosted Sydney WorldPride’s Human Rights Conference last week. With a comprehensive event program in place, positive social impacts were a high priority for the organiser. Our team embraced the opportunity to live up to our promise to be more than a venue as we activated the Environmental Sustainability, First Nations and Generation Next streams of our Legacy Program. ICC Sydney’s accessibility services also featured prominently throughout the event delivery.

ICC Sydney’s approach to CSR is developed in line with parent group ASM Global ACTS social equity and global sustainability program as well as our commitments to the Joint Meetings Industry Council’s Net Zero Carbon Events pledge and the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia’s Sustainable Events Pledge and informs our own CSR practices.

We recently strengthened our commitment to reach net zero carbon events through our 2023 Menu Collection. Following a carbon calculation analysis for our menus, our Culinary Services team select the highest quality fresh and seasonal produce to create world class dishes that include low carbon options identified according to the estimated carbon footprint associated with the farming, harvesting, production, and transportation of ingredients. Discover how you can ‘eat for a better planet’ through Executive Chef Rakesh Pillai’s blog.

As an iconic destination, which stands and operates on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, ICC Sydney has a unique opportunity to foster and promote our vibrant, thriving and culturally rich First Nations communities. To acknowledge the traditional owners of the land and promote true reconciliation, ICC Sydney encourages its event organisers to activate authentic, cultural experiences. Read more about how you can create a culturally inclusive event.

Our commitment to consistently enhance our services for all visitors to the venue led to the launch of our new Exhibitor Services Centre. It is easier than ever for exhibitors at ICC Sydney events to communicate their on-stand requirements and needs.

As a leading events destination, it is our great pleasure to welcome a broad range of events to the venue including consumer events such as the Fully Charged exhibition highlighting electric vehicle technology, the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Annual Scientific Meeting to be held in May, as well as the FDI World Dental Congress which is anticipated to be the largest dental event ever held in Australia in September.

Our diverse team of caring, passionate professionals across every department of our organisation is proud to deliver our services to a world class standard, enhancing the reputation of our city and country as a top business events destination, and support organisers to create extraordinary events that leave a positive social impact.

Geoff Donaghy,
CEO – ICC Sydney and Group Director – Convention Centres, ASM Global (APAC)