Sustainable Events deliver GRI events industry report

Manchester-based events industry consultancy, Sustainable Events, together with its non-for-profit educational arm, Positive Impact, has published its GRI Report using guidance and performance indicators designed specifically for the events industry.
By publishing its own Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Report, using the Event Organiser’s Sector Supplement (EOSS) indicators, Sustainable Events’ MD Fiona Pelham hopes to encourage others to share comparable best practice by adopting one over-arching sustainable reporting method.
The GRI is a non-governmental body based in Amsterdam, which produces an international framework for companies to be able to report on their sustainability. In addition to this general framework, the EOSS further supports the ability to report on issues that are specific to event management.
“The EOSS, developed specifically for our sector, captures the issues that matter most for event planners – including site selection, transport of attendees, sourcing supplies and services, plus managing the impact of an event as well as its legacy impact,” says Pelham. “It allows organisers to report their sustainability performance in a comparable way, which in turn helps clients to be more sustainably aware.”
The Sustainable Events Ltd GRI Report 2013 includes detailed information about the management of the Sustainable Events Summit, which took in January 2013 at The Crystal in London. It also details the company’s approach to the environment, product responsibility, society, labour practices and economic performance.
Maaike Fleur, Senior Manager at the GRI, adds: “Public sustainability reporting is still quite a new concept for event organisers, but we anticipate that this EOSS guidance will help them be more transparent about the impact of their activities.”
To read the GRI Report 2013 and to find out more about sustainability reporting for the events industry, visit
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