In First Party conformity assessment someone from within your organization 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 organization, external and internal issues, all framed against the organization’s sustainable development principles.
For self-assessment claims to be credible, the organization 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.
We recommend using the SEMS Tool to guide you through the process of implementing a management system and as a diagnostic tool for issues identification. It also includes guidance, in-built calculators, GHG reporting, and performance assessment report. Upload your evidence, results, documentation and description of what issues you have and how you have managed them.
It’s only US$350 per event per event to use the SEMS Tool.
Steps to First Party Conformity with ISO 20121
We have put together some steps to follow in doing a self-assessment here.
1. Buy a copy of the standard
2. Read the standard and the annex guidance
3. Define the scope of your management system
4. Frame your system against a sample event activity
5. Purchase the SEMS Tool
6. Implement the management system
7. Map conformity against the standard's requirements
8. Make conformity claims
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Sustainable Event Management: A Practical Guide
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