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ISO 20121

ISO 20121 is the International Standard for Event Sustainability Management Systems.

ISO 20121: Event Sustainability Management Systems

What is ISO 20121?

Events, whether big or small, can take their toll on the environment around us. ISO 20121 has been developed to support events in managing their sustainability and promoting more responsible consumption. The standard can be applied to both organisations and individuals of all types and sizes.

ISO 20121 is a specification relating to a management system of an event or group of events – an event alone cannot claim compliance. Claims of conformity will differ depending on the scope of the management system, this could cover all events within an organisation or be centred around a single event. This means that the standard can be easily integrated with other management system standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 for example.

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ISO 20121 aims to

  • Provide best practice for event sustainability management

  • Consider economic, environmental, and social factors for a balanced overarching sustainable approach

  • Promote continual improvement

  • Plan and address potential risks and opportunities

The standard talks of governing principles which cover a range of sustainability topics but predominantly focus on Environmental, Social and Economic.

Benefits of ISO 20121

  • Easily adapted and integrated with other management systems standards

  • Identify cost savings through improved performance

  • Transparency of performance

  • Identify areas of risk and mitigate these

  • Encourage continually improvement

  • Achieve improved environmental results

Steps to Certification

  1. Step 1

    Complete a Quote Request Form so that we can understand your company and requirements. You can do this by completing either the online quick quote or the online formal quote request form. We will use this information to accurately define your scope of assessment and provide you with a proposal for certification.

  2. Step 2

    Once you’ve agreed your proposal, we will contact you to book your assessment with an NQA Assessor. This assessment consists of two mandatory visits that form the Initial Certification Audit. Please note that you must be able to demonstrate that your management system has been fully operational for a minimum of three months and has been subject to a management review and full cycle of internal audits.

  3. Step 3

    Following a successful two stage audit, a certification decision is made and if positive, then certification to the required standard is issued by NQA. You will receive both a hard and soft copy of the certificate. Certification is valid for three years and is maintained through a programme of annual surveillance audits and a three yearly recertification audit.

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What's next

Get in touch today to begin your journey to a greener, more sustainable business and a member of our team will be in touch to discuss your requirements: