1. Get the go-ahead to get sustainable
Commitment from top management is needed for your efforts to be supported and successful. The event team and other stakeholders also need to be engaged a
nd committed as they will be helping you implement your plans.
2. Get the knowledge and skills you need
The event team may need to gain skills and knowledge in sustainability. This can be done through DIY learning, professional development training or engaging a consultant or dedicated staff member.
3. Discover what your issues are
The next step is to understand what the issues are that are unique to your event circumstances. We help you out by taking you through a checklist to uncover your issues.
4. Write up your policies
You have the commitment from the boss, the team are engaged, you've all had a skills update so you know what you're dealing with, and you've used those skills to analyse your situation and uncover your issues. Now it is time to formalise your intent and write a Sustainability Policy for your event (or organisation if relevant). You may also write a separate Sustainable Procurement Policy. Your policy will include broad objectives.
5. Set objectives & targets
Now we get specific. You will write objectives and targets for the event from which your performance can be measured. This includes identifying 'key sustainability indicators' which are barometers to how well your efforts are going.
6. Get those initiatives happening
It's time get active, roll out your plans, initiatives, programs, projects, campaigns and courses of action to improve your event's sustainability performance and meet your objectives and targets. We have included a menu of 'off the shelf' sustainability initiatives you can choose from.
7. Check how you went
Let's see how you went. Here you will measure your performance against your set objectives and performance indicators. You will also produce a report which should include metrics as well as narrative or descriptive analysis on your approach to managing certain issues.
8. Disclose your performance and comply with standards
Sustainability is all about transparency and so disclosing your performance to stakeholders or interested parties is an essential last step. You may also wish to be independently assessed for compliance with various standards or certifications.