SGS has awarded Kuoni Congress ISO 20121 certification for the sustainability event management system established in its offices in Barcelona, Copenhagen and Geneva.

This makes Kuoni Congress the first event planner in Spain to become certified to ISO 20121. In 2019, Kuoni Congress Vienna will enter the scope of certification, which will eventually be extended to cover Kuoni Destination Management.

Kuoni Congress began its sustainability journey in early 2016. The company took its first step by determining stakeholder expectations in regard to sustainability. It then made sure that these objectives were relevant to the business and would contribute to the reduction of its impact on the environment.

Parts of Kuoni Congress's ensuing commitment coincide with the following UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

     4. Quality education
     6. Clean water and sanitation
     7. Affordable and clean energy
     8. Decent work and economic growth
     9. Industry innovation and infrastructure
   12. Responsible consumption and production
   13. Climate action

ISO 20121 Sustainable Event Management certification has given Kuoni Congress a better understanding of how it can influence its supply chain and clients to reduce environmental impact and encourage positive change. The company has begun a process of monitoring and measuring actions aimed at achieving continual sustainable development. Procedures for analyzing performance, correcting mistakes and fostering continual improvement are gradually being ingrained into the business.

Kuoni Congress chose SGS as the certifying body for their management system thanks to their solid and prestigious reputation for delivering results with recognized brands. Rebecca Johnson, Sustainability Manager for Kuoni Destination Management, said, "The support we have received from SGS has been positive and productive, building confidence and achieving great results."

During the ISO 20121 live audit at the ESTRO congress in Barcelona in April 2018, Kuoni Congress demonstrated sustainability best practice and positive collaboration with the supply chain on issues such as waste management, accessibility, carbon emissions and sustainable sourcing. It will use its sustainability event management system to manage additional conferences this year, including ESA in Copenhagen, WCGIC in Barcelona and ICD, ECSP and EAIE in Geneva.

Regarding Kuoni Congress's sustainability progress, SGS International Sales Manager Daniel Curling stated, "The sustainability management system developed for the events organization activities constitutes a fantastic framework on which Kuoni Congress anchors and further develops its sustainability activities. The endorsement by senior management is evident and is critical to ensuring the system improves in a continual way."

Kuoni Congress has already experienced commercial and reputational benefits from its sustainability policy. It looks forward to gaining further advantages from certification to ISO 20121, a comprehensive international standard that drives good governance to create a transparent, responsible business and promote continual improvement.

For more information please contact:

Anna Amato
Sr. Global Marketing Manager
Certification and Business Enhancement
t: +201 448 0377

About Kuoni Congress

Since 1985, Kuoni Congress has been synonymous with professional and successful congress organization, representing an extensive and continuously expanding network bursting out of Europe.

Congress activities are delivered through all of Kuoni's European offices and at selected destinations throughout the world. Clients can benefit from a personalized, stable and long lasting business relationship, as the same business concept and service level can be found in each place: innovation, up-to-date technology, systems, professionalism, standards, appearance, budgeting systems, schedules and checklists.

With more than 65 congresses on 3 continents Kuoni Congress can serve as your global partner.

About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 95,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,400 offices and laboratories around the world.