What is a sustainable event management system?

A management system is set of interrelated or interacting elements of an organization to establish policies and objectives, and processes to achieve those objectives. A management system can address a single discipline or several disciplines. The system elements include the organization’s structure, roles and responsibilities, planning, operation, etc. The scope of a management system may include the whole of the organization, specific and identified functions of the organization, specific and identified sections of the organization, or one or more functions across a group of organizations. (definition from ISO)

A Sustainable Event Management System (SEMS) is the process of managing sustainable development issues by an event organiser in the designing and organising their events. The organisation follows sustainable development principles in order to achieve strategic goals which serve the economic, environmental and social interests. of organisers, and interested parties such as participants and host communities. Sustainably managed events bring positive results for local and global society through.

A SEMS is more than eliminating bottled water or offsetting the event-related carbon emissions. A SEMS is a strategic way for an event organiser to lead and operate their events. It includes strategies, policies, processes, systems and actions that intertwine to support and manage events more efficiently, effectively and professionally. Unlike the concept of just ‘greening’, sustainability is not something which can be just plugged into the event management function. Sustainability is a management competence which leads the integration of responsible business practices with a culture of values and principles that guide the organisation and its talent