Sustainability Charter

Meeting & Events Australia members are encouraged to sign this Sustainability Charter, powered by the Sustainable Event Alliance.

Upon signing MEA members are offered a year's free access to the Sustainable Event Alliance website.

This charter sets out best practice and intention in sustainability management for events, and acts as a top-level sustainability checklist - so use that to guide your sustainable event management efforts! 

What does signing get you?

Signing the sustainability charter will gain you access to these SEA member benefits:

Becoming a paying member?

If you sign up as a member (AUD$75) of the SEA, then you can...

  • Use of the SEA membership logo in association with your event, which demonstrates your commitment to sustainable event management.
  • Individuals or companies which are 'green event producers' can be listed on the SEA database, if they are or have an SEA Accredited Sustainability Specialist in their team.
  • Be featured in our social media.
  • Support this professional guild to be able to continue to support sustainable events!

Sign the Charter

As a member of Meetings Events Australia, we pledge to support the following when undergoing planning and implementation of an event:

Commitment, communication, leadership

  • Embed and uphold the principles of sustainable development.
  • Commit to sustainability through ensuring required resources are available – time, people, money, materials, knowledge.
  • Produce and uphold a Sustainability Policy.
  • Work toward relevant industry sustainability performance standards, certification or reporting principles.
  • Empower staff to make responsible purchasing and planning decisions.
  • Ensure staff have the skills and capacity to implement sound sustainability management planning and policies.
  • Work with the supply chain to encourage sustainable solutions, and make the most sustainable choices possible.
  • Communicate sustainability commitment to all stakeholders.
  • Endeavour to implement lasting positive impact as a result of the event (legacy).


  • Protect the natural environment in the immediate vicinity from event activities.
  • Minimise resource consumption (energy, water, natural and non-renewable resources).
  • Minimise the environmental impacts of purchasing and event operations (emissions to air, land and water – including toxicity issues).
  • Identify environmental impacts of purchasing up the supply chain, to ensure the most sustainable purchasing choices are made.
  • Minimise waste volumes and manage waste along the principles of Zero Waste.
  • Implement active and participatory resource recovery processes at the event (if relevant) and within the office.
  • Reduce and counter the transport impacts of our activities.


  • Ensure an accessible, inclusive and safe event.
  • Where relevant, communicate with and engage the local community in the event's sustainability ambitions.
  • Ensure respect for cultural or religious sensitivities, indigenous rights and vulnerable groups.
  • Prioritise health and safety, diversity and equal opportunity, and fair working conditions for the workforce, and throughout our supply chain, reflected in purchasing choices.
  • Ensure socially responsible business practices, including via supply chain.
  • Support local economies through local procurement policies.
  • Implement policies and carry out activities in adherence with responsible business practices of inclusivity, integrity and transparency, and not to participate in anti-competitive behaviour, bribery or corruption.
  • Design-in legacy including resources, knowledge, environment restoration, innovation, skills, business opportunities and economic support.


  • Measure, report and disclose impacts.
  • Keep up to date with the industry norms of reporting scope.
  • Feed reporting into national or international benchmarking programs so that event benchmarks can be established - where possible and relevant.
  • Only make verifiable performance claims.
  • Make 'Zero Waste' claims only if the amount of waste which is reused, recycled and/or composted is substantially less than that sent for energy recovery.
  • Do not claim 'carbon neutral' if 'neutrality' has been achieved entirely through carbon offsetting, without measurable and transparent reductions actions firstly, as per PAS 2060 (unless in the first reporting year).
  • Share successes and information with the industry.

Sign the charter

  • If it is likely that your email will change, such as with staff changes, it may be best to include a generic company email address such as info@companyname, to avoid losing login details when staff leave. Your name and email address will not be displayed or shared, only the organisation name. The SEA will not contact you except via a confirmation email which will have links and advice on next steps for your sustainability journey.

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