UBM Live has certified five of its European events and its Amsterdam Office with the sustainability standard ISO20121.
The certification, achieved with the assistance of sustainability consultancy CLT Envirolaw, makes UBM one of the first global companies of its size to successfully implement an event management system against this standard.
ISO20121 is an international management standard designed to help organisations in the live events sector to make their operations, products or services more sustainable. Thestandard came into force on the back of the London Olympics 2012 and promotes ethical business principles such as stewardship, inclusiveness, integrity and transparency.
In order to be certified, organisations must identify and understand the environmental, social and economic impacts their activities have; and put measures in place to minimise any negative effects.
Natasja O’Connor, UBM Live’s EMEA events operations and services group director, UBM Live, said UBM chose to work with CLT Envirolaw because of its environmental and legal expertise.
“Working with them enabled us to make a smooth transition from [UK standard] BS8901 to ISO20121,” she said. “The collaboration between UBM Live and CLT Envirolaw has been very much a two-way partnership and we look forward in continuing to work together on future projects.”
Director of CLT Envirolaw Colleen Theron added that the development of UBM’s sustainability management system has now embedded the principles of sustainable development into its operations.
“Their leadership and commitment to improving the management of their operations has also had a positive effect on their supply chain,” she commented. “Supporting organisations in their efforts to become more sustainable is at the heart of what we do and we look forward to supporting UBM Live in the future.”
A vision for how sustainable events will look in 2020 was unveiled by another event sustainability consultancy, Positive Impact, at a recent events summit held in London.
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