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UBM Live Achieves International Sustainability Standard ISO 20121

AMSTERDAM, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading events organiser, UBM Live, today announced that it has successfully accredited five of its European events with the prestigious ISO 20121 Standard for Sustainable Event Management. The newly certified events include some of UBM Live's largest and most diverse: CPhI Worldwide, Fi Europe, Hi Europe/Ni/NuW, Business4Better UK, and the Protection and Management Series (including IFSEC, FAC, SHE and Firex).  Further adding to the distinction, the UBM Live office in Amsterdam is now fully ISO 20121 certified as well.

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The achievement of this International Standard is an extension of UBM Live's pledge to responsible business. Following the BS 8901 certification and the recent recognition for its systems management approach to sustainable development, given by UFI, this distinguished certification exemplifies the progress UBM Live made in incorporating sustainability into every aspect of business.

The ISO 20121 Standard focuses on management commitment and leadership, as well as stakeholder engagement for all aspects of sustainability. UBM Live has shown leadership in these areas and a continuing dedication to reduce the environmental impact of the event while increasing the positive impact on communities in which the business operates. The auditor, Ana Inacio from SGS, was impressed with the awareness, general employee engagement and the improvement in processes which all of the teams were involved in.

UBM Live has demonstrated an unusual understanding of what Sustainability is and how to embed it in its organisation, considering all the Sustainability pillars in a balanced and holistic way. A truly inspiring example for the Event Industry! The commitment towards Sustainable Development starts with the higher management level and reaches all employees. The engagement with stakeholders is taken very seriously as well, causing a positive resonance across the industry. The management system has improved immensely since the early days of BS 8901 and I'm looking forward to seeing how UBM Live will take the management system to different levels in the future. ( Ana Inacio, SGS)

The certification body will go on to use UBM Live as a case study, as UBM Live is one of the first global companies of its size to have successfully implemented and certificated their sustainable event management system against ISO 20121. UBM Live Chief Executive Officer, Simon Foster, stated "I am so proud that we have achieved the renowned ISO 20121 certification for these five key events. At UBM Live, supporting sustainability is fundamental to our business strategy and philosophy. We acknowledge that sustainability is about how we achieve success through long-term responsible management and stewardship in all aspects of our business activities. Certification such as these ensures that we are succeeding in our commitment."

For more information regarding UBM Live's sustainability commitment please visit

About UBM Live

UBM Live connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their brands and expand their markets.   Through premier brands such as Medtec, CPhI, IFSEC, Food Ingredients, TFM&A, Cruise Shipping Miami, the Concrete Show and many others, UBM Live exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications, websites and training and certification programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies across more than 20 industry sectors.


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