Green Meetings certification

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Benchmark the sustainability of your meetings and events

The Green Meetings certification is specific to the meetings and events industry. It was created to provide confidence to corporate buyers who wanted the reassurance of third-party certification when choosing suppliers. And, to provide meetings and event venues with a way of evidencing their sustainability credentials.

From improving biodiversity, eliminating single-use items and supporting your local community, to embracing the circular economy, embedding Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) solutions and implementing measures to reduce your carbon footprint – you’ll have a simple way to quantify what you’re doing. Apart from it simply being the right thing to do, there’s competitive advantage in showing you’re taking sustainability seriously.

Where commitment meets action

With the Green Meeting Standard, you can prove that your commitment to sustainability translates into action. Every assessment is verified by Green Tourism’s expert assessors, giving reassurance to your buyers that you are genuinely invested in sustainable operations and practices. That’s why it’s the benchmark everyone trusts.

Why you need Green Meetings certification

  • Third-party verification and evidence that you uphold globally recognised sustainability standards
  • Clear guidance and practical actions for continual improvement that are tailored to your business
  • An enhanced reputation that gives you a marketing advantage and helps you become a megaphone for change
  • That core deep knowledge you’re taking action and making a difference

Who is it for?

From large groups of venues to small independent operators – our certification is relevant to the whole meetings and events industry – and is applicable to all types of businesses in this sector:

  • Conferences and events venues
  • Colleges and universities
  • Hotels
  • Sports stadia
  • Other venues for meetings and events

Key features of Green Meetings certification

Bespoke to your business
Goals, criteria, and actions in the GreenCheck™ Portal, are tailored so they are relevant to your business.

Structured process
Review criteria under each goal, select the actions you have done and add explanation or evidence and don’t worry everything is saved in real time.

Action Plan
Develop your online Action Plan as you progress, add notes, share with colleagues and update when actions are completed.

Alignment with SDGs
Every criteria is aligned with the relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals for you to use in your ESG reporting.

GreenCheck™ portal
Easy to access online process to review the criteria, record your actions, upload evidence, and get ready for your assessment.

Green Meetings assessment process

Fill in the application form with your business and contact details and pay year one membership fees. Annual fees are payable to maintain your Green Meetings certification.

Assign a key contact who can set up other users (max. 20) if required e.g. per department / members of green team. All users will have access to the GreenCheck™ Portal.

Review the 15 Sustainability Goals in which ever order you want, check out the criteria for each of the goals and associated actions.

Select the actions that you have put in place and provide an explanation in the text box, this might include links to relevant pages on your website, or description of actions taken. Where appropriate upload evidence such as policy documents, receipts, supplier information, photos etc.

If you are planning an action or improvements add them to your Action Plan, include notes and if appropriate share with colleagues. Update as actions are completed, provide explanation and upload any supporting evidence.

When you are ready to be assessed click SUBMIT and our assessment team will be notified and your dashboard will be locked until all your evidence has been reviewed and verified. Your assessor will be in contact to discuss your assessment and may request additional information if necessary.

When the assessment is complete you will receive confirmation of your Certification and the award level you have achieved. Your assessment report which will include your scores in each of the goals and recommendations for further actions / improvements.

You will need to be reassessed at least once every three years to maintain your Certification and we will contact you well in advance.

What our members say

“We know how important sustainable excellence is for our venue partners, and this certification from Green Meetings is a highly credible endorsement. “

Rebecca Kane Burton
CEO, Sodexo Live! UK&I

 

“The Green Meetings award highlights to corporate buyers that we are investing in sustainability and adopting key practices within our organisation to support the three core pillars of people, places, and our planet.”

Krishna Pastaki
Business Development Manager, Edgbaston Park Hotel

See where you are on your Green Meetings journey

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Simply fill in the form and one of our team will get back to you within two working days. Alternatively, email [email protected] or call us on 01738 632162 and we will be delighted to help.

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