The Scottish capital’s reputation for sustainability has received a boost with news that Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) has gained the recently established Quality and Environmental Standards – ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015. The standard replaces the historic international standards that are to be phased out by 2018.
Reynaldo Guino-o, the EICC’s business excellence manager, said: “We are confident that the venue’s continuing commitment to quality and environmental excellence will pay dividends for the EICC by translating to increased business wins.”
EICC chief executive, Marshall Dallas added: “We’re exceptionally pleased to be one of the first European organisations to make the grade with the new international standards. It squares well with our ethos and makes a great deal of business sense in the 21st century where our clients and delegates have an expectation that commitment to sustainability is nothing less than front and centre.”
In November 2015, the EICC and its hospitality and catering providers became one of the first Scottish businesses to sign up to the ‘Scottish Food and Drink Pledge’ by making a commitment to work with its various food and drink partners to ensure the use of authentic, sustainable Scottish produce. The Scottish Business Awards, featuring special guest speaker George Clooney, became the first EICC-held event to endorse the pledge when the awards took place at the venue on 12 November 2015.
Edinburgh is the highest ranked UK conference destination outside London according to the latest city rankings from the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).