Apart from implementing green practices into your event, getting an official certification for your green meeting standards can help to guide your efforts in implementing sustainability measures for your event.
To provide a clear, uniform description that best defines the necessary components for a sustainable event, industry professionals have come together to create three event industry standards or frameworks, which are now internationally recognised.
ISO 20121 is an internationally recognised standard that provides a framework and guidance for creating and implementing a sustainable event management system. It will aid you in creating a sustainability strategy throughout the event management process. Companies that can certify ISO 20121 include SGS and BPA Worldwide.
The APEX green meeting standard offers a clear path for continued engagement and improvement for event sustainability. It is a checklist approach with details on what you must do to make your event sustainable, with a list of specific sustainable business tactics for each aspect of the event.
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Event Organiser Sector Supplement (EOSS) provides a framework for event organisers to create an event sustainability report, with guidance on what to measure and report on. These guidelines facilitate transparency and accountability through their globally accepted framework.
Getting the right kind of help can make it even easier to plan a green event. Sustainability consultants can advise and guide event owners and organisers every step of the way, from pre-event planning to post-event reporting.
As a pioneer in responsible business, MCI understands how to activate sustainability commitments by engaging audiences, enhancing operational performance, driving innovation and delivering sustainable brand experiences. MCI supports organisations with brand activation, sustainable events, sustainability reporting and pioneers standards like ISO20121 for major events and conferences, venues and destinations.
Based in Singapore, Sustain Ability Showcase Asia (SASA) is a consultancy that introduces, manages and promotes sustainability measures and services for events and businesses. It also provides market development, government relations and communication expertise in the sustainability sector throughout Asia Pacific. SASA was the sustainability consultant for URA’s i Light Marina Bay 2012 – Asia’s first and only light art festival – and has been re-appointed for the 2014 event. The Founder Chairman and CEO of SASA is Ken Hickson, author of the book “Race for Sustainability”.