ICC Sydney delivering major economic, social and environmental advances
The research released by University of Technology Sydney (UTS) shows ICC Sydney delivered a total $8.3 million to the NSW economy in 2017 through its food and wine purchases. This represents a direct investment of more than $4.3 million in a network of more than 85 NSW producers and farmers.
Embedded across ICC Sydney’s operations, the FYP program strives to feed the performance of delegates and visitors, team members, and the local economy, through a unique NSW-focused supply chain, a progressive sustainability approach and its Legacy Program.
NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Regional Water and Trade & Industry, Niall Blair applauded ICC Sydney’s approach and said the research reinforced the venue’s reputation for innovation and excellence across the board.
“ICC Sydney is pioneering a commercial model which is driving a triple bottom line, delivering significant economic, social and environmental gains for New South Wales, and establishing a benchmark for best practice across sectors,” Blair said.
“For example, ICC Sydney’s approach to working hand-in-hand with local suppliers could be adopted by other venues to provide financial security for farmers and producers, driving employment and growth opportunities in regional areas. The culinary aspect of the FYP program is also showcasing the state’s outstanding produce on the global stage and creating new markets for agriculture and tourism.”
ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy believes it is important that convention centres measure the full impact they have on their supply chain.
“We are immensely proud to be looking beyond the borders of Sydney to feed the business performance of our suppliers as well as the communities in which they’re located,” he said.
“As urbanisation increases, cities and their convention centres have a role to play in supporting the regional areas that feed them and support their event delivery. If our success is underpinned by delivering restaurant-quality produce, then we have an important role to play in supporting the supply chain that enables this.
“In the years to come, we are committed to continuing as we’ve started, supporting further investment in agritourism, building job opportunities and facilitating growth within our network of suppliers and beyond. This includes continuing to track impact across all sectors of the business and our supply chain so that the NSW community continues to thrive.”