Our Company Policy: Sustainable M.I.C.E. and mottainai
Hokkaido hosted the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit in July 2008. One of the main themes was the global environment. Event Convention Pro, Inc. is a professional congress organizer (PCO) headquartered in Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido Prefecture. Our mission is to offer services for sustainable conference and convention operations, while promoting a society of sound materials cycling, toward preserving the global environment.
When we think about what it means to hold a conference or convention that adheres to eco-friendly principles, we believe there's much to be learned from our predecessors in Hokkaido and throughout Japan. Based on a spirit of harmony with the natural environment, the Ainu – an indigenous people of Japan – have held a traditional view of nature and exercised their wisdom of never using more resources than are necessary for survival. They've been living sustainably in the extreme cold of Hokkaido. Ethnic Japanese have celebrated a similar spirit, the idea of “mottainai,” or “wasting not, wanting not.” This tradition has been revitalized and popularized, most famously by Prof. Wangari Maathai of Kenya. It's a lifestyle that espouses the “three R's” of reduction, reuse and recycling, while adding the concept of respect. It's still alive in the Japanese mindset. And the concept of “local production for local use” is an important way to approach issues of food supply and resource conservation.
The traditions of our ancestors inform our eco-friendly lifestyle, leading to a sustainable, recycling-oriented society.
E.C. Pro, Inc. views the holding of conferences and conventions in terms of sustainability, from the choice of the conference venue to the preparation of materials, handouts and commemorative goods; from the choice of transportation to the preparation of food and beverages; and from the transmission of information to the preparation of communications. We make continual efforts to raise environmental awareness among conference organizers and participants.
Among our general environmental focuses, we set policies for energy and water planning, food miles, waste recycling, green purchasing and use of public transportation.
We, E.C. Pro, Inc. promote efforts to recycle items used at conferences. This includes the collection and recycling of environmentally friendly materials for packing, exhibition booths, signage and commemorative items. We believe it's important to educate event staff about pro-environmental behavior.
E.C. Pro, Inc. strives to provide services for sustainable conferences and conventions based on Japanese traditions and with an eye on global trends.
Assistance in community development through events and conventions
Industry promotion through MICE; assistance in attracting events and conventions; assistance in preparation of ideas and concepts for events and conventions; marketing research; forecasts of effects of events and conventions; site and facility planning
Attracting events and conventions, and subsequent planning
Planning and production of event and convention tools; proposals for organizers of events and conventions; proposals for the holding of events and conventions and support for their operation; management services and promotion of academic/medical conferences, domestic/international conferences, symposiums, international sports meets, exhibitions, industrial conventions, etc.
Management of events and conventions
Establishment of acting conference secretariats (registration and other pre-conference management services); receipt of papers; support for peer reviews; preparation of programs and websites (publication, via websites, of company profiles, annual reports, academic conferences, etc.); development of software (CGI software, retrieval systems of terminology for translation), etc.
Translation and interpretation
Simultaneous interpretation equipment rental; microphone operation panel and sound equipment rental; conference interpretation services (simultaneous/consecutive); business interpretation services (business meetings, training, escorts, interviews, courtesy visits, transport to and from airports and receptions); source material translation services; translation of academic literature, papers, trade documents, patents, contracts and other legal documents
Preparation of websites and pamphlets/brochures
Multilingual websites, pamphlets/brochures, etc. (English, German, French, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Korean and other Asian and African languages)
Planning and production of advertising and publicity
Advertisements, marketing, promotion tool production, overseas IR for corporations, printed materials, DM and campaigns
Design, production, publication and sales
Planning and production of corporate brochures, product catalogues, posters, corporate reports, pamphlets/brochures, programs, minutes, records and reports; planning and production of videos; preparation of guidebooks, etc.
Operation and management of conference sites and facilities
Operation and management of events and conventions, and operation of call centers for events and conventions