iCompli Sustainability

Joe Rizzo

Joe Rizzo

Director, Sustainability Auditing

Joe oversees BPA audit engagements in Event Sustainability Certification and Sustainability Report Assurance. Joe develops and executes BPA audit protocols for sustainability standards from ASTM, ISO and GRI. He is a Certified Sustainability Manager (CSM), GRI G4 Master Class participant, and AA1000AS specialist.


Hope. We just stepped away from the podium at New Metrics in Boston, and were encouraged to see so many ESG experts focused on improving, and remaining optimistic about climate action.

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Freeman, the leading global provider of brand experiences, announced today it has received the prestigious ISO 20121 Event Sustainability Management System certification, the first in its industry to do so on a global scale. The certification is an international standard designed to help organizations involved in the events and hospitality industries integrate sustainability into management practices and processes.

“Environmental and social responsibility has always been at the heart of Freeman and guides our business,” said Jeff Chase, vice president of sustainability for Freeman, who oversees the company’s sustainability initiatives and led the certification effort. “This certification – an industry first – reflects the philosophy of our founder, Buck Freeman, and is a tribute to the over 7,000 employees who strive to create sustainable events for our clients,” added Carrie Freeman Parsons, Freeman’s vice chair.

First introduced at the 2012 London Olympic Games, ISO 20121 provides a management blueprint to address the “triple bottom line” of sustainability – the economic, environmental and social impacts of events. The standard helps organizations operate in a way that is financially viable for the company, its customers and suppliers; minimize the use of resources and reduce waste; and consider the needs and expectations of those affected by the event or business. A key component is the development of a continual improvement plan, which is then implemented, analyzed and modified to achieve ever-increasing standards of performance.

“Sustainability is a big tenet of Oracle’s global events. We want to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank our close partner, Freeman, for achieving certification to the ISO 20121 standard,” said Paul Salinger, vice president, marketing, Oracle. “Because of Freeman’s industryleading sustainability program and our work together, we’ve helped reinforce for other vendors how important it is to adopt the kind of systematic, sustainability-as-standard-business-practiceapproach that we’ve long encouraged.”

Freeman’s plan to meet the ISO certification requirement focuses on driving sustainability deeper throughout the organization by adopting the Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX)/American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Green Meeting Standards for its major business locations and functions. To meet ISO’s continual improvement goal, Freeman plans to certify five major offices per year during the next several years to five APEX/ASTM standards – Exhibits, Audio Visual, Communications, Transportation and On-site Office. The “5/5 Plan” is intended to ensure that all of the company’s major office locations worldwide are well-positioned to offer clients best practices to help them meet their sustainability goals.

The APEX/ASTM standards are a set of nine individual “sector” standards developed by the meetings, conventions, exhibits and events industry in partnership with ASTM International, a global standards-setting body. The standards delineate specific performance criteria for staff management, communications, waste management, energy, air quality, water, procurement and community partners.

iCompli, a division of BPA Worldwide and a nonprofit international auditing organization headquartered in Shelton, Connecticut, performed the independent third-party certification of Freeman’s compliance with the ISO 20121 standard.


Recognized by Advertising Age as one of the world’s largest brand experience companies, Freeman uses the power of integrated digital and live brand experiences to move markets, connect people, support growth and generate revenues for the world’s leading organizations. A design-driven company, Freeman generates insights that define program strategies, target audiences and deliver messages that generate meaningful results. Through its expansive network of offices, talent and global partnerships, Freeman has reach and access that is unmatched in the industry. A family- and employee-owned company, Freeman is known for its 88-year history of stability, strength and customer service achievements. Freeman is a values-driven company with a strong and purpose-built culture that is dedicated to connecting people in meaningful ways. This is accomplished through a process of continual innovation and improvement. Freeman produces more than 4,300 expositions annually and 12,500 other events worldwide. Freeman has been awarded seven consecutive J. D. Power awards for the excellence of its Customer Call Center. For more information, visit www.freemanco.com. Social Networks:

Web: www.freemanco.com

Blog: www.blog.freemanco.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/freemanco

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/freemanfans

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-freeman-company

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/FreemancoVideos

SlideShare: http://www.slideshare.net/freemanco/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/freemancompany/

About iCompli

iCompli is a division of BPA Worldwide, a not-for-profit auditing organization established in 1931 to audit circulation for publishers, advertisers and their agencies. Today, BPA’s audit services have expanded to include external assurance of government and industry standards and independent verification of companies’ technology and service claims. iCompli provides GRI reporting services (gap analysis, competitor benchmarking and external assurance) and third-party certification of ASTM and ISO event standards. www.bpaww.com

About ISO

The International Organization for Standardization, commonly referred to as ISO, is an international standard-setting body composed of representatives from various national standards organizations. Founded in 1947, the organization promotes worldwide proprietary, industrial and commercial standards. It has its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.


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iCompli, a leading global provider of assurance, announced it has recently certified organisations to the Sustainability Guidelines for the Singapore MICE Industry. The certifications are the first under the Guidelines, an initiative of SACEOS. Any organization interested in certification can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SACEOS (Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers) developed the Guidelines for both planners and suppliers in the Singapore MICE (meetings, incentive travel, conferences and exhibitions) industry to integrate environmental, social and economic sustainability practices within operations and regular event plans.

iCompli's certification includes a review of policies, data and other evidence to ascertain compliance with the requirements of the the Guidelines in categories of Event Technology, Event and Activity Organiser, Exhibit/Stand Builder, Exhibition/Conference/Convention Organiser, Food and Beverage, Freight Forwarder, Hotel, Transport, and Venue.

Recent certifications include:

SingEx Venues Pte Ltd logo download

SingEx Venues Pte Ltd
Level: Basic 
Category: Venue
Certified January 9, 2018

Global initiatives logo

Global Initiatives Communications Pte Ltd
Level: Basic 
Category: Exhibition, Conference and Convention Organiser
Certified April 17, 2017


Agility Logo

Agility Fairs and Events Logistics Pte Ltd
Level: Basic 
Category: Freight Forwarder
Certified January 15, 2017


download East West Planners

East West Planners
Level: Basic 
Category: Event & Activity Organiser
Certified November 18, 2016


download Globibo

Level: Basic
Category: Audio Visual
Certified July 26, 2016


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Marina Bay Sands
Level: Intermediate
Category: Venue
Certified July 26, 2016



SACEOS was set up in 1979 to be the voice and champion of the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) industry, to help those in the business to develop and prosper, and to work closely with the government to meet the objective of making Singapore the best venue in Asia. Since it was set up, SACEOS has developed and strengthened its international MICE industry network which provides global networking and business opportunities for its members. In Singapore, government agencies SACEOS works closely with include the International Enterprise Singapore (IE Singapore) and the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau (SECB), a division of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

About BPA Worldwide

BPA Worldwide is in the business of providing assurance. For 80+ years as a not-for-profit assurance service provider, BPA was originally created by advertisers, advertising agencies and the media industry to audit audience claims used in the buying and selling of advertising. Today, in addition to auditing audience claims, through its iCompli service, BPA verifies compliance to defined government, industry, and organizational standards as well as adherence to privacy, data protection and sustainability guidelines and best practices. Performing nearly 3,800 audits in over 20 countries, BPA is a trusted resource for compliance and assurance services. Its latest offering, Ad iCompli, measures and scores online ad campaign performance for business and consumer marketers.


Typically, GRI reporting companies begin with Type I Assurance in year one, stay at that level in year two, and then move on to Type II – which expands the engagement to include substantiation of data accuracy, consistency, completeness and reliability.