The EU’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive adopted on 21st April, 2022 increases the pressure, stipulating that all large companies will be required to publish a sustainability report from 2023 with other listed companies following suit in 2026. The future of the events and exhibitions industry depends on compliance and strong alignment with the Parisian agreement.
Known for their stance as thought leaders and early adopters, the International Federation for Exhibition and Events Services (IFES) has been focused on this issue for some time, with an internal Sustainability Committee advising and driving compliance. Now they have devised a training partnership with consultants Arnold Clemens of 2bdifferent and Beatrice Eastham of Green Evénements to fast-track training for IFES members. 2bDifferent has experience working with organizations from the events, sports, trade fair and congress industry, and Green Evénements has assisted many companies on their way to ISO 20121, including stand designers and manufacturers.
While the approaches are slightly different, both Sustainability specialists offer the assessment of individual company needs and the understanding and implementation of sustainable management systems. The aim is to achieve ISO 20121 certification whilst embedding a culture of sustainability within participating companies. This fast-tracking program demonstrates a genuine commitment to continuously improve towards sustainability.
Together with the Federal Association of the Events Industry (fwd.) IFES is driving the uptake of this essential preparation and is pleased to announce that the first round of training will start with 2beDifferent on 8th December 2022 with 8 members participating and further training commitments underway. ISO 20121 training will take place on stipulated days monthly, including the assessment of individual needs and process implementation, reaching final audit and certification 9 months later
Jörg Zeissig, Co-Chair IFES Sustainability Committee & Co-Chair of the Net-Zero-Carbon Events Initiative says, “Sustainability is one of the drivers of the next generation – our future clients. The industry needs to understand this as an obligation and to drive a change of perspective, also by heart. Sustainability will be THE license to operate our future business in the event industry, no matter where we stand in the value chain. Sustainable solutions are no add-ons to our usual course of actions, it will become standard. We need to step forward.”
The International Federation of Exhibition & Event Services (IFES) is the worldwide trade association dedicated to the specific needs of exposition designers and providers of tradeshow and events services. Over 200 companies representing more than 40 countries are proud network members. The purpose of IFES is to promote the commercial, professional and socio-political interests of its members on an international level and generate and promote a business and knowledge exchange platform for its members who are active in the global market.
The IFES mission is to create partner unity and generate a stronger understanding of exhibition and event marketing on a world scale through networking and sharing knowledge.
For more information about the International Federation of Exhibition and Event Services, go to www.ifesnet.org