What is ISO 20121 standard?

ISO 20121 Certification represents the Event Sustainability Management System.

All events produce effects in the form of waste and consumption. A dedicated Management System helps the company to set and achieve targets through best practice policy and procedure.

What is the purpose of ISO 20121 standard?

The aim of the standard is to improve the environmental performance generated by events in response to current emergencies and to demonstrate commitment through the promotion of a Sustainability Management System.

Why obtain ISO 20121 certification?

Following the compliance with the standards, it will be possible to fulfil the following objectives:


  • Improvement of the performance efficiency of the event;
  • Evidence of commitment to the public;
  • Optimisation of the company or event supply chain;
  • Improvement of organisational efficiency.

    How to get ISO 20121 certification?

    The certification path consists of 4 stages

    Certification Request

    All the economic aspects and the auditors’ activities related to the certification process may be agreed at this stage. The finalization of a contract concludes this part. Indeed the process for certification depends on the contract stipulated between the company and the certification body.
    Generally, it is valid for three years.

    Preliminary Audit (optional and possibly requested by the customer)

    It is an initial assessment of the current company’s management system.
    The preliminary audit is not involved in the normal process for certification and any possible improvement thus is intended to be nothing but a suggestion and it is not included in the official audit report.

    Certification Audit – Stage 1

    The audit is held in the company office. In this stage, the auditor gathers all the informations and evaluates the documents referring to the management system that must be certified. The auditor analyses the compulsory and voluntary standards. This is a preparatory step for the second stage of the Certification Audit.

    Certification Audit – Stage 2

    In this stage, the auditor will ascertain that the company complies with the management system. At the end of this process, the auditor will submit the ISO issue request to the certification body, if a significant nonconformity does not occur.

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