ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Meeting Standards
(E2741-2747, 2773, 2774)
The ASTM Standards are a set of nine formal, voluntary standards developed by the meetings, conventions, exhibitions and events industry. The standards were created in partnership with ASTM International, an ANSI-accredited standards development organization. The standards provide event planners and suppliers prescriptive, measurable specifications for producing events in a more sustainable manner.
The nine standards cover the full footprint of the industry:
- Communication & Marketing Material
- Food and Beverage
- Meeting Venue
- On-Site Office
Inside of each of the nine standards (sometimes called “sector standards”) eight impact areas are targeted:
- Staff Management and Environmental Policy
- Air Quality
- Community Partners
ISO 20121 is an international standard designed to help organizations involved in the events and hospitality industries integrate sustainability into management practices and processes. The standard was developed by the Geneva-based International Organization for Standardization, the world’s largest developer of voluntary international standards.
ISO defines sustainability in three areas:
- Economic – operating in a way that is financially viable for the organization, its customers and suppliers
- Environmental – minimizing the use of resources and reducing waste
- Social – considering the needs and expectations of those affected by the event or business
The standard follows the Plan-Do-Check-Act model for continuous improvement of business processes and products which is incorporated in other ISO standards:
- Plan – Establish the objectives and processes necessary to deliver the planned results.
- Do – Implement the plan and measure results.
- Check – Study actual results and compare to planned results.
- Act – Implement corrective actions on differences between actual and planned results.
GRI Event Organizers Sector Supplement
The GRI Event Organizers Sector Supplement is a sector-specific supplement to GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Guidelines that addresses how event organizers should report on their economic, social and environmental performance.
Specifically the Supplement looks at:
- Site selection
- Recruiting and training of the event workforce, participants and volunteers
- Sourcing of materials, supplies and services
- Managing impacts on communities, natural environments, and local and global economies associated with the event
- Planning and managing potential legacies