Welcome to our ISO 20121 Web Site
Sustainable Event Certification (SEC) provides certification to the international standard ISO 20121 which specifies the requirements for an Event Sustainability Management System to improve the sustainability of events. Certification (often mistakenly called 'accreditation') provides independent recognition that an organisation has successfully implemented the standard.
SEC was involved in creating the original British Standard BS8901 from which ISO 20121 was developed; since 2008, we have been providing training, tools and certification to a range of organisations in the events industry in the UK and aboard. SEC is the only certification organisation dedicated solely to helping the events industry achieve ISO 20121.
Our mission is to help you understand ISO 20121 by taking the jargon out of the standard and to provide you with a low cost route to achieve ISO 20121 without the need to hire consultants or undertake expensive training courses.
Our focus is in helping you build your capability and knowledge, enabling you to make the nessessary changes to your management system in order to achieve ISO 20121.
About ISO 20121
'ISO 20121 – Event Sustainability Management System' is a management system standard that has been designed to help organisations in the events industry improve the sustainability of their event-related activities, products and services. The standard encourages organisations to take greater consideration of environmental, social and economic issues within their strategy and operations and in the products and services that they provide.
The standard applies to all organisations in the events industry – not just event organisers. Venues, caterers, sound & lighting, security, staging and agencies can all achieve ISO 20121 certification – along with corporate and public sector event teams.
ISO 20121 specifies the requirements for a management system. A management system is a term used to describe the framework of policies, procedures and processes used to ensure that an organization can fulfil all tasks required to achieve its objectives. Most organizations will have a management system otherwise they would not be in business; it just might not be written down or thought of in the terms used by ISO 20121.
Through the adoption of ISO 20121, an organisation’s management system is geared towards making the organisation more economically successful whilst reducing its environmental footprint and enhancing its contribution to social prosperity and progress.
It is important to note that ISO 20121 is not just about environmental issues. To achieve ISO 20121, an organisation will need to demonstrate that it has considered within its management system all key financial, economic, social and environmental issues relevant to its operations; focusing solely on environmental issues will not be sufficient.
ISO 20121 Certification
One of the key benefits of ISO 20121 certification is that it will enable an organisation to differentiate itself in the marketplace and hence improve its chance of winning new business. Major public sector and private sector clients are referencing ISO 20121 in their tender documents as they work to ensure that their own sustainability policies are being implemented.
Sustainable Event Certification (SEC) undertakes ISO 20121 certification assessments to verify that your system is designed in accordance with ISO 20121 and is operating effectively. The ISO 20121 certification process involves interviewing key personnel and reviewing key management system documentation. This usually requires a one or two day visit to your premises.
Evidence needs to be sufficient to demonstrate that the event sustainability management system is an integral part of the event management process and not an additional 'add-on' component. Following the certification assessment and as long as there are no major problems then you will be issued with a Certificate of Conformance to ISO 20121.
Retaining the certificate will require annual checks to ensure the management system is continuing to work effectively.
It is expected that demonstrating compliance to ISO 20121 will become a minimum requirement for anyone wishing to operate in the events industry as event clients, sponsors, local authorities and other clients choose to work with organisations that have implemented the standard.
Note: certification applies to the management system used by an organisation to manage and deliver its event-related activities, products and services; events themselves cannot be certified to ISO 20121.
There is more information on ISO 20121 certification on our main website
How can Sustainable Event Certification (SEC) help you?
SEC can assist you every step of the way on your journey to ISO 2012.
To get you going, we have created a simple ISO 20121 Checklist that will help you determine how well you are positioned against the ISO 20121 standard and where your main gaps are – email us for a copy at firstname.lastname@example.org and begin your journey to ISO 20121.
We can provide an short 1 to 2 hour ISO 20121 Briefing to help you understand what the standard is about, what you need to do and what the benefits are.
We can provide in-house half and one day ISO 20121 Training to your teams to get them fully up to speed and engaged.
We can equip you with a range of ISO 20121 Tools and Templates from our toolkit to help you rapidly develop the elements of your management system that are required by ISO 20121.
And of course, we can undertake your ISO 201212 Certification Assessment to certify you to the standard.
Organisations that are committed to achieving ISO 20121 certification will also be provided with our ISO 20121 Manual which provides a step-by-step roadmap to achieving ISO 20121 certification.
Finally, our SEC Team is available to answer any questions as you progress along your journey to ISO 20121.
So, if you want to take a quick test to see how well your management system currently compares to the requirements of ISO 20121 then drop us an email at email@example.com and we will send you our checklist to get you going.
About Sustainable Event Certification (SEC)
SEC is the only certification organisation dedicated solely to supporting the events industry on ISO 20121. We have certified organisations from all across the events industry to ISO 20121 (previously BS 8901) including venues, event organisers and event suppliers.