In First Party conformity assessment someone from within your organisation will review the event sustainability management system in place, effectively conducting an internal audit.
The person who takes on the auditing/internal assessment role should have adequate experience and competency to be able to identify and understand event sustainability issues. This is important so they can interpret the implementation of the management system considering the context of the organisation, external and internal issues, all framed against the organisation’s sustainable development principles.
For self-assessment claims to be credible, the organisation should ensure these claims are supported by the existence of a robust, internally transparent, and well-documented system. Consider how you will ‘prove’ your conformity if your claims are questioned by internal or external stakeholders.
Steps to First Party Conformity with ISO 20121
We have put together some steps to follow in doing a self-assessment here.
- Buy a copy of the standard.
- Read the standard and the annex guidance.
- Obtain competency in event sustainability and in implementing ISO 20212. Take our course!
- Define the scope of your management system.
- Ease the creation of your management system by framing it against an actual event under production.
- Download or develop various templates and documentation support.
- Implement the management system.
- Map conformity against the standard's requirements by conducting an internal audit. Use the Internal Audit Tool. Do training on conducting an audit.
- Make conformity claims.
Information in this guide supplied by:
Sustainable Event Management: A Practical Guide