APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Meetings Standards
Created through a partnership of the Convention Industry Council’s APEX initiative and ASTM, this set of standards is composed of nine individual components: Accommodation, Audio Visual, Communication, Destinations, Exhibits, Food & Beverage, Meeting Venue, On-Site Office and Transportation.
This set of standards details requirements for a sustainability management system for any type of event, and also provides guidance on conforming to those requirements. According to the International Organization for Standardization (a global effort founded in 1947 and setting standards for technology and business segments ranging from food safety and computers to agriculture and healthcare), it addresses the management of improved sustainability throughout the entire event management cycle.
The Event Organizers Sector Supplement (EOSS) provides a tailored version of GRI’s G3.1 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, including its original Guidelines, which set out Reporting Principles, Disclosures on Management Approach and Performance Indicators for economic, environmental and social issues. The Event Organizers Sector Supplement covers issues that include the following: site selection; transportation; recruiting and training of the event workforce, participants and volunteers; the sourcing of materials, supplies and services; managing impacts on communities, natural environments and local and global economies; planning and managing potential legacies; and the accessibility of an event.