Green encyclopedia for event planners
Information about sustainability
Our green encyclopedia gives you an overview of the various terms used in connection with sustainability in the meeting and event industry:
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
"Corporate social reponsibility", or CSR for short […] refers to a company's responsibility for its impact on society. This includes social, environmental and economic aspects, as for example outlined in the internationally recognised reference documents on CSR, chief among them the fundamental ILO declaration on multinational enterprises and social policy, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational enterprises, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the UN Global Compact and ISO 26000. More specifically, CSR for example involves fair business practices, staff-oriented human resource management, economical use of natural resources, protection of the climate and environment, sincere commitment to the local community and also responsibility along the global supply chain.
Source: Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (2018)/ https://www.csr-in-deutschland.de/EN/What-is-CSR/Background/Sustainabil…
CSR Reporting Commitment
"In 2014, the European Parliament and the member states of the EU have adopted a directive to extend the reporting of large capital market-oriented companies, credit institutions, financial services institutions and insurance companies (so-called CSR directive). The aim of the directive is in particular to increase transparency on environmental and social aspects of companies in the EU. This includes information on environmental, social and labour issues as well as respect for human rights and the fight against corruption and bribery. Germany has transposed the directive into national law (CSR-Richtlinie-Umsetzungsgesetz). The CSR Directive Implementation Act has been applicable to management reports since fiscal year 2017. (…)“
Source: Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales (2018) / http://www.csr-in-deutschland.de/DE/Politik/CSR-national/Aktivitaeten-d…
Legacy is a term that is nowadays increasingly associated with the sustainable management of companies. In a narrower sense, legacy means dealing with the question of what a company leaves behind at each stage of the value chain through its actions and management. Applied to the congress and event industry, legacy encompasses the positive and negative effects that an event and its participants leave behind at the destination.
Source: Own wording
“Sustainability focuses on meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The concept of sustainability is composed of three pillars: economic, environmental and social - also known informally as profits, planet and people. Sustainability emerged as a component of corporate ethics in response to perceived public discontent over the long-term damage caused by a focus on short-term profits. (…)”
Source: Investopedia (2018) / https://www.investopedia.com/terms/s/sustainability.asp
Sustainable Events - Green Events
“(…) Green events are events designed, organised and carried out using sustainability criteria and measures, contributing at the same time to strengthening the economy of a territory and taking into account social aspects. In fact, the organization of events and meetings has environmental repercussions in all its components (choice of participants' travel, catering, printing and distribution of materials, waste, etc.). (…)”
Source: Alpine Convention (2018) / http://www.alpconv.org/en/organization/permanentSecretariat/pages/green…
Sustainable Event Management
“(…) According to ISO 20121, sustainable event management is the process of integrating environmental and social responsibility issues into event planning. Sustainable event management requires you consider the needs and values of different stakeholders that are impacted by your event. On the one hand, you take steps to reduce significant negative impacts, or harm, such as solid waste. While on the other hand you also seek out opportunities for events to leave positive legacies that benefit communities, including philanthropic and volunteer projects. (…) On average, a single guest discards 1.89kg of waste per day, of which 1.16kg is landfill materials. To put this into perspective, that’s the equivalent of 2.6 (or 3480 kg) weight of compact cars for a 3-day 1000 person event going to landfill each time. (…)”
Source: Julius Solaris (2018) / https://www.eventmanagerblog.com/sustainable-event-management
"Organisations ... regularly prepare an environmental statement for the public. This describes the company with its activities, products, services and, if applicable, its locations. The company's own environmental policy, the main environmental effects and the environmental programme with the concrete goals for the improvement of the company's environmental protection are presented and data on the environmental performance, if possible summarised in figures with a corresponding evaluation. (…)
Each environmental statement must be verified by an independent, state-certified environmental verifier. (...) The environmental statement is available to the public in printed or electronic form. (...) The environmental statement may also provide interesting information to financiers, customers or other interested parties. Companies should also consider what information from the environmental statement could be included in the annual or management report. (…)“
Source: Umweltgutachterausschuss (UGA) (2018) / http://www.emas.de/teilnahme/umwelterklaerungen/
Environmental Management System
Environmental management is the part of the management of an organisation (industry, trade, service providers, public authorities, etc.) that deals with environmental protection, i.e. with the activities, products and services that have an impact on the environment. (...) An environmental management system (EMS) (in German: UMS - Umweltmanagementsystem) defines the structural and procedural organisation. This includes regulations on planning, execution and control as well as the definition of responsibilities and the behaviour and procedures. Targets are agreed and the appropriate measures are taken. (...) The best-known systems are the EMAS regulation and the environmental management standard ISO 14001, which provide the framework for the environmental management system. (…)“
Source: Umweltgutachterausschuss (UGA) (2018) / http://www.emas.de/ueber-emas/umweltmanagement/
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