ICH Gives MPI Foundation $500K for CSR, Green Meetings

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has made a five-year investment in the MPI Foundation that will fund thought leadership studies, research and standards development in the area of corporate social responsibility (CSR), Meeting Professionals International (MPI) announced this week.

Worth $500,000, the investment will allow MPI to develop a sustainable meeting and event training program, build a recognized CSR measurement platform for the meetings industry, and launch a CSR research agenda supporting the creation of new educational content for meeting and event professionals.

"The MPI Foundation is very proud of the support from IHG to drive CSR thought leadership," MPI Foundation Chair Margaret Moynihan said in a statement. "This investment will allow industry professionals to change their old practices by providing them with the latest CSR principles demonstrating the positive difference on their businesses."

Added IHG Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales Stephen Powell, "IHG has supported the MPI Foundation for many years and we have been impressed by the programs that they create for the meetings and events industry. CSR is a big party of our corporate strategy and this program fits in perfectly."