10 March 2008 | Jake Kanter
Buyers can now access an online database containing sustainability ratings for venues in the UK.
Participating venues, such as hotels, will have their corporate social responsibility agendas marked on criteria such as energy efficiency and waste recycling. The venue's impact on the local community will also be measured, taking into consideration factors including where it sources its goods and services.
According to events firm Conference Care (CC), which launched the database earlier this month, an organisation's meetings and events spend can often exceed £5 million a year, and corporate social responsibility is high on the agenda for planners.
Chris Peacock, managing director of CC, said: "Clients are eager that we offer the sustainability rating as it will help them in their decision-making process and in the fulfilment of their own CSR policies."
Last year British Standards launched an accreditation, BS 8901, to help buyers identify events and venues that are sustainable (News, 29 November).