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GL events Venues renewed the ISO 14001 Certification for the event venues in France

ISO 140001 certification is at the heart of GL events group environmental approach.

     
     
 Strasbourg Convention & Exhibition Centre
Palais Brogniart - Paris
Grande Halle d'Auvergne et Zénith d'Auvergne - Clermont-Ferrand

The event venues managed by GL events in France renewed their ISO 14001 certification. The CRS department of GL events Group explains in detail the purpose of this initiative and the interest for the event organizers.

 

What is the ISO 14001 certification?

The ISO 14001 certification is an international recognition in favour of the environmental management implemented within event venues in France. It is a management standard which may be applied to any company or organization.

Since 2012, this standard was implemented within GL events Venues. It faces 3 major challenges: energy and water management & waste management improvement.

The core principal of ISO standard is the continuous improvement. That is why the environmental management system is audited each year and re-certified every 3 years by an external body in order to assess the progress achieved.

 

Why is it important to obtain this certification pour an event venue?

This certification is important for many reasons:

  • The protection of the environment by limiting and mastering the environmental impacts related to our event organization activity.
  • Growing expectations from our customers and other steakholders (increased societal pressure). They are increasingly rigorous and attentive to the integration of environmental concerns. Whether from public authorities' or event organizers' perspective, it might be a criterion for the event venue selection. In that sense, it represents a competitive advantage.
  • A growing legal and regulatory pressure about environmental concerns (Grenelle Environment Forum, energy transition law….)
  • The control of our energy performance is directly linked to our economic performance. For instance, the optimization of our consumption (water and energy) have a positive impact on our operation costs.
  • Our position as market leader gives us a certain responsibility towards the sector.

 

What is the added value of this certification for event organizers?

  • The ISO 14001 certification meets environmental commitments taken by some organizers or public authorities
  • It also features a strong environmental commitment from the organizer’s perspective and may be highlighted in its communication.
  • The actions for improvement taken by event venues benefit also for the organizers: for example the improvement of waste management with recycling bins or adapted signage offers provide more comfort and cleanliness for the event.
  • The certification offers an additional guarantee to the event organizer. From a technical and regulatory point of view, the ISO 140001 commitment requires a high-level of facility control by the venue.

 

To what extent this approach is in line with the GL CSR group policy?

GL events CRS politicy is organized around three programmes, the three pillars of sustainable development: Think Green (environment), Think People (employment and workplace conditions), and Think Local (social progress).

In that sense, the ISO 14001 certification is the key measure of our environmental program “Think Green”. This approach demonstrates the Group's environmental commitments.