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What’s New with ISO 20121:2024 and Why Is It Important?

May 13, 2024

ISO 20121 has been revised, given the evolving nature of events and sustainability. ISO 20121:2024 replaces its 2012 predecessor and includes a few new focus areas.

Whether organizing a local craft show or a stadium-filling sporting occasion, ISO 20121 guides organizations to seamlessly integrate sustainability into all their event planning and execution, and supports them to manage social, economic and environmental impacts responsibly.

The 2024 edition outlines more ethical, eco-friendly and socially conscious practices, focusing on inclusivity, human and children’s rights, and event legacies to showcase sustainability’s transformative role in the industry.

Going beyond a checklist, ISO 20121 utilizes a transformative framework, places sustainability at the heart of event management and invites a creative yet systematic approach to making a positive, lasting impact.

What are the benefits of ISO 20121 certification?

Certification enables you to:

  • Reduce the environmental impact of your organization, events and venues
  • Adopt a holistic approach to sustainability, considering social, economic and environmental impacts
  • Enhance stakeholder engagement and satisfaction
  • Attract more business, events and top talent to your organization
  • Reinforce organizational reputation and brand value
  • Contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1-16

Why choose ISO 20121 certification from SGS?

Combining decades as the world’s leading certification company with over 30 years of sustainability leadership, we support your ISO 20121 event sustainability management system goals, including setting and achieving targets, and implementing best practice policies and procedures.

We offer a full range of ISO 20121 assessment and auditing services, educate your team with SGS-led training and workshops and, when you are ready, conduct the relevant certification audits.

As your supply chain is equally important to your sustainability management system, we can carry out second-party audits to monitor your supply chain, anywhere in the world.

Contact us to ensure your event sustainability.

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