Existing Sustainable Development Guidelines

ISO 20121

A Management System Specification standard for Sustainability in event management was released in June 2012. UFI was involved in the development of this standard, with the “liaison status”. These specifications can be used by the entire supply chain of an event, including the venue and service providers.

Documents available:

UFI is happy to promote in the table below those companies who have successfully implemented ISO 20121.

Company Country Scope Certification year Related document
Fresh Montgomery UK Event Sustainability Management System 2012 Click Here
UBM Live Headquarters in the UK UBM Live Amsterdam office + 5 European events 2013 Click Here
Plaza Athénée Bangkok Thailand (*) Sustainability Event Management System 2013 Click Here
Marina Bay Sands Singapore Sands Expo & Convention Centre 2013 Click Here
International Paris Air Show (SIAE) France International Paris Air Show Management System 2013 Click Here
Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre Thailand (*) Business operations 2014 Click Here
Kingsmen CMTI Co. Thailand (*) Designs and builds structures for events 2014 Click Here
Viparis France 10 venues in Paris 2014 Click Here
TAITRA Taiwan Taipei World Trade Center
Nangang Exhibition Hall
2014 Click Here
Eco-Products International Fair 2014
Asian MICE Forum 2014
Riva del Garda Fierecongressi Italy Event Sustainability Management 2014 Click Here
Meliński Minuth Poland Design and construction of exhibition stands, interior design 2015 Click Here
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited Hong Kong Event planning and Venue Management 2015 Click Here
The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Group Sweden Event Sustainability Management System 2015 Click Here
R.E. Rogers India India Exhibition Freight Forwarder 2017 Click Here
PS Bedi & Company Private Ltd India Integrated logistic services 2017 Click Here

(*) initiative and support from TCEB MICE Capabilities Development Department

GRI Event Organizer Sector Supplement and UFI template for sustainability reporting

GRI (http://www.globalreporting.org) a non-profit organization based in Amsterdam pioneered the development of the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting Framework. It has developed a specific report for the event industry, with UFI as a Member of the “advisory group” for this project. The first set of guidelines available here (https://www.globalreporting.org/resourcelibrary/EOSS-G3.1-Complete.pdf) were launched in January 2012 and are applicable to the entire event industry.

In June 2013 UFI released a simplified version of the GRI sustainability reporting guidelines dedicated to the exhibition industry. This adaptation was developed by a working group of UFI’s Sustainable Development Committee – ADNEC (UAE), AUMA (Germany), BPA Worldwide (USA), Direct Energy Centre (Canada), Reed Exhibitions (UK) and UBM (Netherlands) – with the assistance of UFI education partner Positive Impact (UK). This template was developed under the G3.1 version and it is available here. It was translated in 2014 in the G4 version that GRI released in May 2013. The G4 version of the template is available here.

In order to provide additional guidance in this area, UFI is referencing such reports (see table below). Please contact chris@ufi.org for questions on this section.

Company Country Year of issue & Language Framework Report
Fiera Milano Italy 2019 – English GRI Standards (2016) “Core” Click Here
La Rural, Predio Ferial de Buenos Aires Argentina 2015/16 – Spanish & English GRI G4 Click Here
Amsterdam RAI Netherlands 2013 – English
2014 – English
GRI G3 (B)
GRI G3 (B)
Click Here
Click Here
Cape Town International Convention Centre South Africa 2013 – English GRI G3 (B) Click Here
GL Events France 2013 – English  – Click Here
MCH Group Switzerland 2013 – English, German, French GRI G4 “Core” Click Here
BPA Worlwide USA 2013 – English GRI G3 (C) Click Here


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