Before you register as a member of Sustainable Event Alliance, we need you read and agree to the membership charter below.
In joining SEA, as a member I pledge to support the following sustainable event management principles when undergoing event planning and implementation of an event.
Commitment, communication, leadership
- Embed the ideals of sustainable development into the organisation or event.
- Commit to sustainable event management through provision of resources to enable it – time, people, money, materials, knowledge.
- Have a sustainability policy for the organisation or event.
- Work toward relevant event industry standard, certification or reporting principles.
- Continually undergo skills and capacity building through the event organising team, supply chain and workforce.
- Work with the supply chain to encourage sustainability.
- Communicate with all stakeholders around the organisation’s/event’s sustainability commitment.
- Work to reduce resource consumption. (energy, water, natural and non-renewable resources)
- Work to reduce the environmental impacts of event purchasing and operations. (emissions to air, land and water – including toxicity issues)
- Carry out due diligence along the supply chain to ensure the most sustainable purchasing choices are made. This should cover issues such as no child labour, fair labour practices, no forced and compulsory labour, using sustainable materials, environmentally responsible manufacturing operations, eco-labelling, organic, local production etc.
- Manage waste along the principles of Zero Waste.
- Active and participatory rather than passive, waste processes at the event – to engage participants in the principles of separation and diversion from landfill.
- Reduce the transport impacts of the event through public transport access planning, using local product and service providers, considering the destination at the outset, and streamlining all participant ground and air transport and freight planning.
Society and Economics
- Prioritize health and safety, diversity and equal opportunity, and fair working conditions for the event workforce.
- Consider accessibility issues, including access for complaints and grievances, disabled and elderly access, fair ticketing practices etc.
- Carry out activities in adherence with the responsible business practices of inclusivity, integrity, stewardship and transparency, and not to participate in anti-competitive behavior, bribery or corruption.
- Protection of biodiversity and the natural environment in the immediate event vicinity and also as it is impacted by the supply chain.
- Communicate with and engage the local community.
- Design-in legacy including resources, knowledge, environment restoration, innovation, skills, business opportunities and economic support.
- Ensure respect for cultural or religious sensitivities, indigenous rights and vulnerable groups.
- Ensure the event is safe for all participants.
- Measure and report impacts, including keeping up to date with the event industry norms of reporting scope.
- Feed reporting into national or international benchmarking programs so that event benchmarks can be established - where possible and relevant.
- Be transparent in event reporting and allow stakeholders access to performance results.
- Make no unsubstantiated and unclarified claims around sustainability performance of the event.
- Make no claims around staging a zero waste event if the amount of waste being sent to energy recovery is substantially greater than what is reused or recycled (including composted)
- Make only transparent and detailed claims around impact metrics (GHG emissions particularly).
- Do not claim a 'carbon neutral event' if 'neutrality' has been achieved through offsetting.
- Consultants can not also verfify or audit the event they are consulting to, for comply with an certification program that requires third party certification.
- Consultants will not create their own certifications and 'brand' the events they consult to as receiving this certification.