Governance Research Digest – January 2012
Event organizers can now report on sustainability issues like impacts on communities, natural environments, and local and global economies, thanks to new guidance just published by the GRI. The sustainability reporting guidance, tailored for the events sector, aims to make reporting more relevant for event organizers by defining how to provide qualitative and quantitative information on sustainability issues.
- The events sector is diverse: its activities range from business meetings, conferences, and exhibitions to sports and cultural festivals — all of which have impacts on the economy, environment and society.
- These impacts need to be considered, measured and shared in order to improve the sustainability performance of the events industry.
- The Event Organizers Supplement provides organizations in the sector with a tailored version of GRI’s Reporting Guidelines.
- It includes the original Guidelines, which set out the Reporting Principles, Disclosures on Management Approach and Performance Indicators for economic, environmental and social issues.
- The Event Organizers Supplement’s additional commentaries and Performance Indicators, developed especially for the sector, capture the issues that matter most for event organizers:
- site selection;
- transport of attendees;
- recruiting and training of the event workforce, participants and volunteers;
- sourcing of materials, supplies and services;
- managing impacts on communities, natural environments, and local and global economies;
- planning and managing potential legacies;
- accessibility of an event.