Introduction to Sustainable Event Standards
Driven by industry
professionals seeking clear, uniform definitions of a sustainable event, no
fewer than four separate and unique voluntary standards-related initiatives are
now available or are in-development.
This information is provided to facilitate industry’s familiarity with each
standard and to explain their similarities and differences. The current international standards
applicable to sustainable events are:
- BS 8901:2007
specification for a sustainable event management system (revised in 2010)
Sustainability in event management (expected release in 2012)
- APEX/ASTM Environmentally
Sustainable Events Standards (published February 2012)
- GRI (Global
Reporting Initiative) Sector Supplement for Events (published January
Complement and not compete.
It is important for all
users to understand that the three standards are different in their approach to
defining a sustainable event standard and can, therefore be used in conjunction
with one another for optimum sustainable event organization and result.
- The BS 8901 and
ISO20121 standard are management systems written to inform the process of
organizing an event.
- The APEX ASTM
standard provides definitions of specific measured and operational actions
that comprise a sustainable event.
- The GRI
guidelines inform how to report on the impacts of an event and provide
common Key Performance Indicators.
The standards work well
independently or in collaboration as frameworks for sustainable events and
sustainable meetings industry businesses.
APEX/ASTM, ISO and GRI have been in
communication during the development of the standards. The Green Meeting
Industry Council supports and is highly involved in all processes. For more details on the specific nature of
each of the standards, how to access them and GMIC workshop and resources
please see below:
|[Graphic]||International Standard Organization (ISO) 20121|
Beginning in 2009 and continuing until 2012, the International Standards
Organisation (ISO) is developing an internationally recognized sustainability
standard called ISO20121. The ISO20121 sustainability in event management
standard will take a management systems approach to event planning. ISO20121 builds on BS8901 and integrates key
elements of the ISO26000 Social Responsibility guidance standard. Thereby it
will provide enhanced management system specification and guidance on environmental,
social and economic sustainability.
To be deemed compliant with the standard, an event management system
requires the identification of specific goals, key sustainability issues,
policy clarification, supply chain management, effective oversight and
management review of the event planning system and effective stakeholder
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Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards|
Published in February 2012*, The APEX/ASTM standards are
specific, measurable, performance based criteria designed for suppliers and
planners. They use a checklist and scoring level to gauge performance. These
standards cover nine sector areas, eight measurement areas and outline four
levels of event and meetings performance. Each sector can operate as a
standalone standard, or be combined with the others to address the full event
*Eight of the nine sectors have been published. The final sector,
accommodations, is scheduled to be released spring 2012.
Take me to the GMIC APEX/ASTM information page.
Reporting Initiative (GRI) is an international NGO and collaborating centre of
the United Nations Environment Program that has, over the last 10 years,
developed the world’s most widely used framework for voluntary sustainability
reporting used by 78% of the largest 250 companies in the world (G250). |
The Event Organizers
Sector Supplement provides reporting guidance that is suitable for all types
and sizes of events. The guidance covers the complete project life cycle of an
event, from bid to planning, execution and, finally, post-event – including the
issue of event legacy. The Supplement can be used to report before or after an
event has taken place.
The Supplement was
developed according to a multi-stakeholder process. Volunteers from events
companies, governments, labor and civil society organizations were brought
together in a Working Group to develop the guidance.
To Access a copy of the GRI EOSS visit here: https://www.globalreporting.org/resourcelibrary/EOSS-G3.1-Complete.pdf
What is a Standard?
A formal standard is based
on the consensus of stakeholder opinion, meeting the requirements of an
independent standards organization. A
standard can be described as an industry-established norm or requirement. It is
usually a formal document that sets uniform engineering or technical criteria,
methods, processes and practices.
Each country has a standards
body, the majority of which are members of the International Organization for
Standardization, or ISO. ASTM is also an international standards body that is
based in the United States.
What is a Management System?
systems refer to the management of an organization’s environmental, social and
economic programs in a comprehensive, systematic, planned and documented
manner. It includes the organizational structure, planning and resources for
developing, implementing and maintaining policy for sustainability. The
objectives and targets are set by the organization itself and should lead to a
continual improvement year by year. Conformity with a management system can be
demonstrated in one of three ways:
- First party:
self-determination and self-declaration by the organization seeking
- Second party:
confirmation of conformance by parties having an interest in the
organization, such as clients, or by other persons on their behalf
- Third party assurance by an independent