Melville becomes first event services contractor to gain BS8901 certificationOctober 21, 2011 By: Ian Whiteling, Joint Editorin Chief
Independent auditing organsiation SGS has ratified Melville Exhibition and Events Services’ application for BS8901 certification comfirming the business’ sustainable credentials and making it the first exhibition and event services contractor in the UK to achieve the standard.
Working with sustainability consultancy partners Sustainable Events Ltd, Melville established key performance indicators for all on-site activities and developed a set of benchmark measurements for waste separation, reuse, recycle and safe disposal of all major production materials within its UK operations.
“It is a great achievement for such a large organisation to demonstrate real sustainability credentials by achieving third-party certification,” said Rebecca Saunders of Sustainable Events. “The senior management team grasped the opportunity to integrate sustainability on all levels throughout the business. They have seen a tangible reduction in their impact on the environment and the community, while benefiting the bottom line.”
A management system has been implemented for all aspects of sustainability and Melville’s sustainability policy has been made public on the company’s website. Alongside this, Melville has created a cross-functional Sustainability Team, which has evolved from its ‘Green’ environmental team.
“We recognised the importance of sustainability in our industry, as have many key customers, and we are now able to help and support them to realise their own sustainability objectives through the knowledge we gained from the process of achieving BS8901,” said Melville group operations director Gary Styles.
Melville is also currently the only UK exhibition and event services contractor to be part of the new International Standard for Event Sustainability (ISO 20121) working group. When it is published next year, this future ISO will become the definitive standard for event sustainability management best practice worldwide.