Event sustainability certification

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Information about Event sustainability certification
Business & Mgmt

Published on March 7, 2014

Author: iCompli_Sustainability

Source: slideshare.net


Event sustainability certification

Overview of different sustainability standards in the event sector, as well the certification and assessment services iCompli can provide to organisations.

Event Sustainability Certification Three international standards have been developed to help event professionals incorporate sustainability practices and improve performance of their events. If you are an industry leader in adopting sustainability practices, independent third party review and certification to industry standards can add credibility to your sustainability claims and help differentiate your offering – whether you are an event organizer, venue, exhibitor or supplier. The process of certification by an independent third party can also provide valuable insights that can lead to process improvements in internal systems and management procedures, as well as identify potential risks. Third party certification from iCompli is public recognition of your organization’s commitment to improving the sustainability of events. The Standards 1. The ISO 20121 Event Sustainability Management System – a management system standard which provides an overall framework to support the implementation of sustainability in the events industry. The standard was developed by the Geneva-based International Organization for Standardization, the world’s largest developer of voluntary international standards. 2. The ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Meeting Standards (E2741-2747, 2773, 2774) – a set of nine individual “sector” standards developed by the meetings, conventions, exhibitions and events industry in partnership with ASTM International, a global standards setting body. The standards provide event planners and suppliers with prescriptive, measurable specifications for producing events in a more sustainable manner. 3. The GRI Event Organizers Sector Supplement – a sector-specific supplement to GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Guidelines that addresses how event organizers should report on their economic, social and environmental performance, including: site selection, transportation, sourcing of materials and services, managing impacts on communities and economies, among others. Services 1. Certification – independent third party assessment of sustainability practices to assure that specified requirements of the relevant standard have been demonstrated. • • • • • • Review documentation in the form of hard copy and digital policies, plans, and records. Interview applicant’s sustainability staff to supplement the document review. Issue an assurance opinion letter that can be publicly used by the applicant to demonstrate independent certification of compliance to relevant standard Issue a private management letter that provides specific recommendations for improvement. Issue electronic and print certificates of compliance for public use by applicant. Distribute a press release that the applicant has been certified in compliance with relevant standard. 2. Assessment – “Gap Analysis” of your organization’s sustainability practices compared to the performance requirements of the ISO and ASTM event sustainability standards, and the reporting requirements of the GRI Event Organizers Sector Supplement. For more information Karl Pfalzgraf, LEED® Green Associate Vice President Sustainability Assurance iCompli 100 Beard Sawmill Road, 6th Floor Shelton, CT 06484 Office: 203.447.2817 Cell: 908.419.0066 KPfalzgraf@bpaww.com www.icomplisustainability.com from BPA Worldwide

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