Archbishop Desmond Tutu highlights CSR need in South Africa to UK event planners

Archbishop Desmond Tutu shared the importance of the World Cup and corporate social responsibility with members of the UK conference and events industry during a meeting in Cape Town today (18 March).

Archbishop Desmond Tutu meets event planners
Archbishop Desmond Tutu meets event planners

Event planners from agencies including Imagination, Banks Sadler, Carlson Wagonlit, BI Worldwide, Powwow Events and BCD M&I discussed the role of CSR during a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa today (18 March).

Archbishop Tutu explained that while Cape Town is a "wonderful destination", with facilities including the Cape Town International Convention Centre, it is also a city of "stark contrasts".

He added that for corporate groups visiting South Africa, paying a strong interest in the social and humanitarian issues was equally as important as donating money to needy causes.

The visit was arranged as part of a fam trip organised by Green Route Africa - represented in the UK by Wowbean - and British Airways.

Archhbishop Tutu pointed out the impact of the World Cup in showcasing the destination.

"We have shown in our hosting of the World Cup we can handle numbers, as well as being able to meet the deadlines in terms of construction and state of the art facilities," he added

As part of today's charity fundraising drive for Comic Relief, the group joined Archbishop Tutu in donning red noses to highlight the ongoing causes in Africa.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles
and free email bulletins.

Register now
Already registered?
Sign in
London venues hosted 37% more events in 2018

London venues hosted 37% more events in 2018

Year-on-year increase from Unique Venues of London shows strong demand for events in the capital.

Why you should design human-centric experiences

Why you should design human-centric experiences

At EMEC19 in The Hague, Kim Myhre of MCI Experience gave an insightful talk on design-thinking in events.

New event producer for HGA

New event producer for HGA

Becky Jones-Williams has previously worked at Event Concept and will work for clients in a range of sectors.

Stagestruck adds event producer to team

Stagestruck adds event producer to team

Sarah Saward is joining the business as a group account director, with responsibility for a portfolio of blue-chip clients.

Incentive review: Club Med Plantation d'Albion

Incentive review: Club Med Plantation d'Albion

With dinner and champagne on a paradise beach, the white sands and the turquoise coral sea ocean of Mauritius are hard to beat.

Premier Events acquires Collective Minds

Premier Events acquires Collective Minds

Acquisition of Leicester-based events agency is part of growth plan to reach £5m turnover and 50 staff.

3 reasons to run wellness incentives

3 reasons to run wellness incentives

Endellion King, incentives account director at Top Banana, makes the business case for incorporating wellness into incentives.

'Procurement and events teams work best when they swap notes'

'Procurement and events teams work best when they swap notes'

Global procurement director of Knect365 Hetal Dassani talks to C&IT about how planners can build bridges for better buying.

ILEA members reveal 'shock' over Fyre Festival failings

ILEA members reveal 'shock' over Fyre Festival failings

Members of the International Live Events Association (ILEA) give their verdict on the event planning disaster of 2017, the Fyre Festival.

Case study: MAN's Apprentice of the Year Awards

Case study: MAN's Apprentice of the Year Awards

Venues and Events International organised an awards ceremony at Liverpool Football Club.

LATEST JOBS