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Responsible Event Management

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Standard BNQ 9700-253
Sustainable Development – Responsible Event Management

Events often have a negative impact on the environment: excessive use of paper, a lot of greenhouse gas emissions, and so on. For that reason, today’s event planners are interested in responsible management, which also happens to give a significant boost to the image and promotion of an event. With this in mind, BNQ 9700-253 defines responsible event management and establishes technical rules based on the 16 principles of the Sustainable Development Act of Québec. It enables planners, service providers, participants and users to shrink the natural and human environmental footprint of events and enhance their economic and social spinoffs. This initiative by the Réseau des femmes en environnement or its Conseil québécois des évènements écoresponsables (CQEER) is a nationally and internationally recognized benchmark available to guide planners in making a range of environmentally responsible choices, from supplier selection to waste management.

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12684ANGBNQ 9700-253 Sustainable Development - Responsible Event Management
REVISION IN PROGRESS (expected date for the new edition: June 2024)
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9700-2539700-253A:PDFPDFEnglish2010-06-0812676 $
9700-2539700-253AR:PDFNetwork PDF License (5 users)English2010-06-08126228 $
12641FRNBNQ 9700-253 Développement durable - Gestion responsable d'évènements
REVISION IN PROGRESS (expected date for the new edition: June 2024)
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9700-2539700-253:PDFPDFFrench2010-06-0812776 $
9700-2539700-253R:PDFNetwork PDF License (5 users)French2010-06-08127228 $

Standards committee members

Number of committee members: 18
Mr. Philippe AllardAssociation francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS)
Ms. Chantale BouchardFestivals et événements Québec et Festival d'été de Québec
Ms. Marie-Claude Breton
Ms. Daniela CaputoMontreal Event Planner
Ms. Jacqueline CaronCentre de services partagés du Québec Direction de la gestion des événements
Ms. Julie-Anne ChayerCIRAIG (École Polytechnique de Montréal)
Ms. Isabelle CoutuGendron Communication
Ms. Marie-Claude DuboisTourisme Sherbrooke
Ms. Sylvie GirouxVille de Montréal Division des événements publics
Ms. Jinny GosselinVille de Québec
Ms. Jade GuilbertHôtel des Seigneurs
Ms. Véronique JampierreFonds d'action québécois en développement durable (FAQDD)
Mr. Pablo ManeyrolTOHU
Ms. Catherine NoppenInstitut de Tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec
Mr. Marc PoirierSociété du Centre des congrès de Québec
Ms. Sylvie ThébergeÉvénements Attractions Québec (EAQ)
Ms. Carole VilleneuveRecyc-Québec
Ms. Caroline VoyerRéseau des femmes en environnement


Certification Offer 

Marque de certification - Gestion responsable d’évènementsBy certifying their events, planners can claim to promote sustainable development and project a positive public image. The BNQ certification program enables event planners to: Have third parties recognize their responsible event management and compliance with the practices set out in BNQ 9700-253; Prove the firmness of their commitment to sustainable development; Produce events that meet requirements but also uphold the principles of sustainable development. To start with, the program includes general requirements such as: the planner’s management system and commitment, evaluation and documentation, a responsible management contract, event-related documents and classification-level compliance. However, it also includes 56 special requirements covering five different fields: supplier selection, equipment, power and water management, waste management, food selection and transportation choices. It enables organizers to determine their event’s classification level of a possible 5 levels, the fifth being the most environmentally responsible.

This certification program is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada.

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Download documents required for certification (French only)

12670FRNBNQ 9700-953 Développement durable - Gestion responsable d'évènements - Protocole de certification
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9700-9539700-953:PDFPDFFrench2010-06-0812476 $
9700-9539700-953R:PDFNetwork PDF License (5 users)French2010-06-08124228 $

Notice of amendment (French only)



Publication de l’édition 2012-03-02 du document Exigences de certification BNQ 9700-253

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Joël Rabesa, agr., PMP
Program Leader
Bureau de normalisation du Québec
Tel.: 418-652-2238 / 1-800-386-5114, ext. 2324
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