Membership charter – NYC Chapter

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Membership Charter - NYC Chapter

Sustainable Event Alliance Membership Charter

Before you register as a member of Sustainable Event Alliance, read and agree to the membership charter below.

In joining SEA, as a member I pledge to support the following when undergoing event 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.
Undergo skills and capacity building in sustainability.
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).
Reduce and counter the transport impacts of event 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.

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