Eco-friendly PCOs and DMCs

Are you looking for a professional congress organizer (PCO) or a destination management company (DMC)? Here are some good tips for choosing the partner who will make your event eco-friendly.

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Simple guidelines to follow

Opportunities for good environmental and social practices are present at every stage in the planning of an event. From conception (venue, facilities and equipment, positioning (market), transport, communication, etc.), to realization (events, selective sorting, catering, awareness-raising, facilities and equipment, etc.) and post event (reuse/value creation, donations, etc.), tools and labels are available to help you structure your eco-friendly approach.

Examples of charters, standards, labelsSubjectEvaluation
ISO 20121International standard for event management. It requires the setting up of an event sustainability management system in the company.Environment
Social
Economic
In-depth audit
Green GlobeInternational certification. The structure must fulfil more than 50% of the 385 concrete and sector-specific criteria.Environment
Social
Economic
In-depth audit
PrestaddFrench label created by Synpase for entertainment and event companies.Environment
Social
Economic
Dossier studied by a judging panel
Other measuresNot specific to the events sector, so applicable to all: ISO 14001 (environment), ISO 9001 (quality), ISO 45001 (health and security at work), Diversity Label (non-discrimination), Global Compact (Social and Market), Label LUCIE (RSE (Corporate social responsibility) initiative), Tourisme & Handicap (accessibility of buildings, sites and facilities), Label Accessibilité (accessibility of buildings), Imprim’vert (printers), HQE / LEED / BREEAM (efficient buildings)…

Find the right partner to organize the event

Here are examples of questions to ask agencies to ensure that sustainability issues are taken into account:

  • Does your organization have a label or certification?
  • What are the sustainable development subjects that you work on?
  • Do you use any specific tools in your approach? Which ones?
  • Have you identified a specific strategy and /or a targeted action plan?
  • Who is the point of contact for these issues within your organization? Who are the main partners in your approach?
  • Do you ensure regular monitoring of sustainable development measures? If so, which particular aspects?
  • What are your references in eco-friendly events? What were your sustainable initiatives at these events?

Take inspiration from good, simple and virtuous practices

Here are some examples of initiatives by PCOs or DMCs during events:

  • Integration of environmental and social criteria into specifications for selecting partners.
  • Distribution of an awareness-raising leaflet to volunteers to give them precise information on eco-friendly actions to be adopted, sorting procedures and dedicated areas.
  • Selection of accommodation for delegates and the press in accordance with the public transport network; a bus and metro pass given to them for the duration of the event.
  • The furnishing of the room without a carpet, as it was for one-time use only, with rented green plants and cardboard stands that could be reused and recycled.
  • Going paper free for all documents related to the planning of an event.
  • Partnership with a supplier of reusable water bottles in order to serve delegates with tap water only, from non-disposable bottles.
  • Choice of reusable signage and badges, as well as sustainably-designed or fair-trade gifts.
  • After the seminar, selection of visits (recreational, cultural, relaxing, etc.) only to places respectful of the environment and/or with a social commitment.

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Eco-friendly PCOs and DMCs

Hopscotch Congrès

Congress organizer (PCO) | Event agency
  • Opéra - Grands Boulevards

Professional Congress Organizer (PCO) have, for 19 years, organized turnkey national and international congresses mainly in the......

MCI France

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  • 92 - Hauts-de-Seine

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French Signature Travel & Events

Incoming agency specialized in business groups (DMC) | Incoming agency specialized in leisure groups
  • 92 - Hauts-de-Seine

French Signature is one of the most experienced events and business tourism agencies in France. With not just 'savoir-faire' but......

Europa Group

Congress organizer (PCO)
  • Porte Maillot - Monceau

Since 1987, Europa Organisation has organized national and international congresses, and has organized more than 500 congresses,......

K.I.T. Group France

Congress organizer (PCO)
  • Saint-Lazare

K.I.T. Group France specialises in organising national and international conferences while advising institutions and societies on......

Invictus Corporate

Incoming agency specialized in business groups (DMC) | Event agency
  • République - Gares de l'Est et du Nord

Corporate events and travel agency based in Paris since 2002. Commitment to the environment, csr policy. Take advantage of the......

Servitours

Incoming agency specialized in business groups (DMC)
  • Musée d'Orsay - Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Trust, added value and creativity are our priorities. Founded in 1985, Servitours is a Paris-based business tourism agency......

Ovation France DMC

Incoming agency specialized in business groups (DMC)
  • 92 - Hauts-de-Seine

Ovation France DMC is part of Ovation Global, global leader in International Destination Management Company. We offer consistent,......