Membership Charter

Before you register as a member of Sustainable Event Alliance, read and agree to the membership charter below.

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Sustainable Event Alliance Membership Charter

In joining SEA, as a member I pledge to support the following when undergoing event planning and implementation of an event:

Commitment, communication, leadership
Embed and uphold the principles of sustainable development.
Commit to sustainability through provision of resources to enable it – time, people, money, materials, knowledge.
Produce and uphold a Sustainability Policy.
Work toward relevant industry sustainability performance standards, certification or reporting principles.
Undergo skills and capacity building in sustainability.
Work with the supply chain to encourage sustainable solutions.
Communicate sustainability commitment to all stakeholders.

Environment
Work to reduce resource consumption (energy, water, natural and non-renewable resources).
Work to reduce the environmental impacts of purchasing and venue operations (emissions to air, land and water – including toxicity issues).
Carry out due diligence along our own supply chain to ensure the most sustainable purchasing choices are made.
Manage waste along the principles of Zero Waste.
Implement active and participatory waste processes – to engage participants in the principles of separation and diversion from landfill.
Reduce the transport impacts of our activities.
Protection of biodiversity and the natural environment in the immediate vicinity and also as it is impacted by the supply chain.

Society
Consider accessibility issues, including access for complaints and grievances, disabled and elderly access, fair ticketing practices etc.
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 and accessible safe for all participants.
Prioritize health and safety, diversity and equal opportunity, and fair working conditions for the workforce.
Carry out activities in adherence with the responsible business practices of inclusivity, integrity and transparency, and not to participate in anti-competitive behavior, bribery or corruption.

Reporting
Measure, report and disclose impacts.
Keep up to date with the industry norms of reporting scope.
Feed reporting into national or international benchmarking programs so that event benchmarks can be established - where possible and relevant.
Only make verifiable performance claims.
Make 'Zero Waste' claims only if the amount of waste which is reused, recycled and/or composted is substantially less than that sent for energy recovery.
Do not claim 'carbon neutral' if 'neutrality' has been achieved entirely through carbon offsetting, without measurable and transparent reductions actions firstly, as per PAS 2060 (unless in the first reporting year).

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