Certifying your event as "sustainable" with ISO 20121

28 October 2019
09:30 - 12:30
Via Ugo Bassi 7
Environment & Sustainability


Events allow organisations to communicate their vision to the world, through its design and organisation it inevitably gives a certain impression to stakeholders.

An event is considered sustainable when it is conceived, planned, and implemented in a way which minimises the negative impact on the environment, leaving a positive legacy to the host community. ISO 20121 standards ensure a robust commitment is made, from those organising an event, to make it sustainable. This is demonstrable and verifiable through certification.

This 3-hour workshop is free and aimed at providing an extensive overview of the specific requirements of ISO 20121:2012 certification - thanks to the input of experts involved in the design and certification of sustainability management systems. The event aims to deepen the practical understanding of these standards through the experiences of managers who planned and created such events, among the first in Italy, certified sustainable according to ISO 20121. At the end of the event, participants will also be offered refreshments.


  • The meaning of sustainability for events and the requirements of the ISO 20121 certification - Alessio Bezzi, OIKOS Area S.r.l.
  • Designing and the technicalities of organising an event: focussing on choosing "sustainable" options - Francesca Ferilli, Senaf S.r.l.
  • Testimonials of success stories: The CSR Show - Rossella Sobrero, Koinetica S.r.l.
  • The ISO 20121 Certification process - Pierluigi Toni, Bureau Veritas Italia S.p.A.


The workshop invites both Organisations that promote active Sustainability policies and Corporate Social Responsibility programs, as well as those that deal with the planning and organisation of cultural, corporate, and sporting events, conventions, congresses, as well as with Fair Organisations, organisations which provide training, and other events operators.



CEO of OIKOS Area S.r.l. and expert in Energy Management in the industrial and civil sector (UNI CEI 11339), Alessio Bezzi is a consultant and auditor in the field of: energy management systems UNI EN ISO 50001 and CEI EN 11352, corporate energy diagnostics and audits, and integration of management systems.



Federazione Relazioni Pubbliche Italiana

President of the Italian Public Relations Federation, Rossalla Sobrero is a Professor of Social Communication at the University of Milan and of Unconventional Marketing at the Catholic University. She also organises the CSR and social innovation show.



Senaf Group Strategy & International Business Development Manager, Francesca Ferilli is in charge of research and development of national and international projects. Currently, she is an important promoter of fair reality in Italy and abroad, especially in Brazil.


Bureau Veritas Italia S.p.A.

CSR Manager, Pierluigi Toni is in charge of managing certification standards (SA 8000, ISO 20121, ISO 39001, ISO 28000), technical coordination of compliance audits in the social area (CoC, SMETA), and the verification of sustainability reports (GRI standards, ISO 26000, AA1000).


Bureau Veritas

Società di certificazione

Bureau Veritas is a French company with global reach regarding the assessment and analysis of risks related to quality, the environment, health, safety, and social responsibility. The group provides conformity assessments and certification services in the areas of quality, health, safety, the environment and social responsibility in all sectors, both public and private, from industry to services. Bureau Veritas is a member of the International Association of Classification Societies.

Oikos Area

Business Consulting

OIKOS AREA designs and delivers consulting, training and auditing services, proposing itself as a partner for projects concerning business organization and management, environmental and social sustainability, risk management, compliance and certification.