GRI – Legacy

The legacy dimension of an event’s sustainability refers to the event’s long-term impacts on its stakeholders and on systems at local, national, and global levels. At the highest level, an event legacy can be a more inclusive and sustainable society and economy. 

Designing and planning for legacies begins at the strategic planning stage and affects all elements of an event’s lifecycle. Events of all sizes can leave a legacy.
Legacy impacts of the organization include:

  • Individual, organizational and cultural change in attitudes and behaviors;
  • Economic impacts on the community and the region; and
  • Environmental legacies.

Lasting legacies include physical infrastructure; new approaches to planning and convening events; enhanced capacity in the region; or behavioral, institutional or cultural changes. Enhanced capacity in the region can include new skills, new jobs, enhanced awareness, and new business opportunities.

EO11 Number, type and impact of sustainability initiatives designed to raise awareness, share knowledge and impact behavior change and results achieved.

EO12 Nature and extent of knowledge transfer of best practices and lessons learned from the event.

EO13 Number, type and impact of physical, socio-economic and technological legacies.