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20 Nov 2013, 09:00


20 Nov 2013, 17:00

The objective of the one hour complimentary webinar (45-min presentation / 15-min Q&A) is to provide an overview of the benefits that organizations are realizing from implementing sustainability events management systems. It is now over one year since the ISO 20121 standard was launched which was designed to create sustainable events. We take this point to review how organizations have implemented ISO 20121 to create truly sustainable events with a real legacy.

We view how the London 2012 Olympics paved the way for other organizations across the events sector to become more sustainable in their environment, social and economic performance. The London 2012 Olympics can act as a role model for all future large scale events by embracing ISO 20121. We look at how ISO 20121 can provide structure to those inspirational sustainable events. We also look at key issues that organizations are having in staging high profile global events, especially as we move towards Qatar 2020.

The launch of the ISO 20121 standard was a landmark in sustainability and has focused the events industry on their impacts as well as providing the ingredients to develop a driver for economic success. The events industry has a significant positive role to play in society and yet events carry their own consequences too. Many countries and tourism bureaus are realizing this to their advantage whilst positioning their industries to promote their credentials to the overseas visitors. Thailand is a particular exemplar that we will highlight.

The arrival of ISO 20121 provided a guide to support organizations to minimize their impact – and can be used by any organization – from large stadia, sports events organizers, conference organizers in business, the MICE sector, or promotions industry – any organization that hosts events or runs events or part of the events value chain.

This webinar will outline the standard and provide a view on where sustainable events are going and can go from here. This webinar will help event organizers plan how they are going to achieve their sustainability goals and win loyalty from their stakeholders by creating truly sustainable events.


  • Review of the Sustainable Events Management Standard,  ISO 20121
  • An Overview of the Benefits That Creating Truly Sustainable Events Can Bring
  • A Review of the Innovations Taking Place in Sustainable Events
  • Steps to achieving ISO 20121 certification 
  • An Observation of the Challenges facing some globally recognized events


Dr. Colin Morgan, SGS Global Program Manager – Social Responsibility

Dr. Morgan holds a doctorate in organizational responsibility and has global responsibility for the SGS service delivery for ISO 20121, where he has worked with globally recognized high profile events organisations. He also oversees the global delivery of sustainability reporting communications, particularly focusing on Sustainability Report Assurance, where SGS have worked with over 100 companies to ensure their integrity in reporting. Dr. Morgan is also the product manager for the ISO 26000, a related standard to ISO 20121 and the SGS social accountability supply chain service programs.


Morning Registration Link

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 9:00 a.m. London (GMT Summer Time)

Afternoon Registration Link

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 14:00 p.m.  London (GMT Summer Time)