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The Venetian Macao Sets Standards for Event Sustainability Management

May 26, 2014 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

 The Venetian® Macao has become the first entity in Macao and one of the first two integrated resorts in Asia — alongside its sister property in Singapore, Marina Bay Sands — to receive the prominent ISO 20121 Event Sustainability Management System certification, the standards for which are set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the world’s largest developer of voluntary international standards. 

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The Venetian Macao recently became the only entity in Macao and one of the first two integrated resorts in Asia to receive the ISO 20121 Event Sustainability Management System certification. Left to right: Syed Mubarak, Director of Sustainability, Venetian Macau Limited; Geraldo Tou, Quality Management Manager of Conventions and Exhibitions, Venetian Macau Limited; Gene Capuano, Vice President of Convention and Exhibition Operations, Venetian Macau Limited.

The Venetian Macao earned its ISO 20121 Event Sustainability Management System certification April 16, 2014. ISO 20121 is a practical tool that provides meeting venues and event planners a framework of policies, procedures and processes that have been designed to address the management of environmental, economic and social sustainability issues throughout an event cycle. The certification is awarded by the London-based BSI Group, the world’s largest national standards and certification body, which audits and provides certification to companies worldwide who implement management systems standards.

“The Venetian Macao is extremely delighted and honoured to have earned this certification as an important recognition of our sustainability efforts,” said Gunther Hatt, Executive Vice President of Operations for Sands China Ltd. “The company has set very high standards for the management of environmentally sustainable meetings in the region, and this ISO 20121 certification is a welcome indicator of the success of those efforts. We hope more and more meeting planners will be encouraged to hold eco-friendly events, and that they will see The Venetian Macao as a ready, willing and competent partner in fulfilling their sustainability goals.”

ISO 20121, published on June 15, 2012, can be applied to any organisation or individual, including clients, suppliers and event managers, involved with all types of events such as exhibitions, sporting competitions, concerts and more. The certification provides state-of-the-art solutions for the event industry worldwide, having been developed by members of this same sector on an international scale. It tackles the event industry’s challenges in all three dimensions of sustainability — economic, environmental and social, at all stages of its supply chain, allowing commitment to sustainability to be demonstrated in a globally recognised manner.

In support of the Sands ECO360° sustainability strategy — which is designed to help minimise the environmental impact of Las Vegas Sands’ global operations through the implementation of sustainable practices — The Venetian Macao has a string of green meeting initiatives in place to ensure environmentally responsible events can be created for its eco-conscious clients in Macao. The Venetian Macao also has a Green Meeting Concierge team responsible for introducing event planners to the Sands ECO360° Meetings programme, which combines the integrated resort’s high-performance facilities, standard sustainable practices, green meeting options, community programmes and much more. The programme is highlighted by an Event Sustainability Report produced after each participating event, documenting all notable sustainability highlights and achievements. The report includes the Sands ECO360° Event Impact Statement, which summarises the event’s carbon footprint, energy consumption, water usage, and recycling rate.

In addition to this latest recognition of its successful sustainability efforts, The Venetian Macao holds a Macao Green Hotel Gold Award from the Environmental Protection Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. government, and recently achieved Bronze Benchmarking by EarthCheck, demonstrating the integrated resort’s ongoing commitment and efforts in promoting property-wide initiatives toward environmental sustainability.

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