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Greenwashing – its alive and kicking!

August 16, 2022

In this post pandemic world many conference and event organisers are once again placing sustainability and corporate social responsibility at the top of the agenda. Sadly, many venues and the intermediaries which sit between conference and meeting venues and their clients are not always living up to the commitments they are making.

The key from a conference or meeting organisers perspective is to ask questions. At Cavendish Venues one of the most sustainable conference venues in London we have put together a quick guide, see below which might help:

1: Accreditation: There are a huge number of accreditation schemes out there, all have to be paid for! Some are linked to specific agents i.e., both the venue directory and Hire Space have their individual schemes, neither are verified. Others are a bit more robust i.e., the Green Tourism scheme but again they are paid for and so in some ways compromised. In a nutshell, a bit like life, all are good none are perfect. Here are Cavendish Venues we have published an overview of the various schemes on the sustainability page of our website.

2.Evidence: Ask for evidence to back up the venue’s claims. How are they measuring food miles travelling / carbon produced etc. is this evidence credible?

3.Site Visit: Go for a site visit, does the venue really talk the talk, is the evidence to back up their claims, are recycling bins evident, sensor-controlled lights etc.

At the end of the day no venue is perfect, it’s about making a start and then consistently improving. If you are looking for a sustainable meeting room in London or sustainable conference venues in London get in touch now.


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