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IFES and fwd: Announce new ISO 20121 Training Convoy for members

Dominique Bohler, Project Manager Assistant, IFES

Helping Exhibition and Events Industry Professionals Embrace Sustainable Practices.

In response to the escalating demand for sustainable practices within the Exhibition and Events industry, the International Federation of Exhibition and Events Services (IFES) and the Federal Association of the Event Industry (fwd:) have announced the launch of a 3rd ISO 20121 Training Convoy, an extension of their convoy-consulting concept for ISO 20121 released in 2022.

Initial Training Convoys 1 and 2 saw the first twenty companies from the associations successfully on their way to certification in collaboration with 2bdifferent as a partner. IFES and fwd: have now acquired sufficient internal expertise to continue the convoy principle under the leadership of the associations themselves, with 2bdifferent remaining close at hand for intensive consulting topics.

The newly launched ISO 20121 Training Program 3 was crafted by IFES and fwd: in-house in collaboration with GUTcert from the AFNOR Group and the consultants from 2bdifferent.  Training is led by ISO 20121 Internal Auditors and sustainability advocates, Dominique Bohler (IFES) and Marko Roscher (fwd:), providing  a comprehensive understanding of the ISO 20121 process and close guidance across the implementation phases. Notably, the training is designed to be easily understandable, catering to professionals at various expertise levels within the Exhibition and Events industry as well as an affordable solution for industry practitioners wanting to embrace sustainable practices.

Not only do participants gain a unique competitive advantage by reaching a level of sustainability practice that meets the stringent requirements of state and financial institutions, but they also align their  services with the growing consumer demand for environmentally responsible practices.

ISO 20121 Training Convoy  3 is a year-long program which commences with two three-day workshops. It continues to support its participants with five additional information and exchange sessions spread across the year, during which participants earn a recognised “Representative for sustainable event management according to ISO 20121” certification. Towards the end of the program, an optional internal audit is available to assess company processes and capacity in preparation for an external third-party audit certifying the event or company ISO 20121 compliant.

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