Global Destination Sustainability Index

Malmö Convention Bureau, which is a part of Malmö Tourism, uses the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS Index) for meeting destinations to track its sustainability ranking. In 2016, the first year the GDS Index was introduced, Malmö ranked 12th in the world among all destinations using the GDS index.

“The fact that we are now ISO certified will hopefully lead to a climb for Malmö in the GDS rankings in the coming years.  Our goal is for Malmö to be one of the most sustainable meeting destinations in the world”, says Katarina Olsson, Head of Malmö Convention Bureau.


The GDS Index – Global Destination Sustainability Index,

was developed by MCI Sustainability Service in collaboration with the founding cities. GDS-Index methodology measures and compares the social and environmental sustainability strategies, policies and performance of the participating destinations. To compare performance, destinations are benchmarked across the following key areas:

  • Environmental performance
  • Social Performance
  • Supplier Performance
  • Convention Bureau Performance


GDS Index – Trends & Insights Whitepaper


For more information, please contact:

Camilla Ekberg
Project manager destination development, Malmö Convention Bureau
Phone: +46 709-342214,