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The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 has become the first football tournament to achieve ISO 20121 certification


Jun-16 17:37 first published at 17:37 PM

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC (Q22) – the operational arm of FIFA and the Host Country for the delivery of the tournament – has achieved ISO 20121 certification, the international standard that sets requirements for developing and implementing an effective management system to deliver a sustainable event. The certification was obtained following a thorough assessment that began during the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021TM, which took place exactly a year before the first FIFA Globe CupTM in the Middle East and Arab world.

“Sustainability has been at the heart of Qatar 2022 from the start, and the independent acknowledgment of the delivery of best practices demonstrates our lasting dedication to it,” said Nasser Al Khater, CEO of Q22. Among the many legacies of this tournament, sustainability is a critical element of planning and preparation that teams across Q22, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy and FIFA have been focused on, and I hope future tournament organisers will look to us as a model for hosting a mega-event.”

“We are thrilled to become the first FIFA World Cup in history to receive the ISO 20121 certification,” José Retana, Sustainability Senior Manager, Q22, remarked. This confirms that world-class management methods are being utilized to create an inclusive, green, and legacy-oriented event, as determined by a third-party accredited institution.”

“We can only provide a really successful event that has a long-lasting, beneficial impact on fans, players, staff, local communities, and partners if we infuse sustainability across all of our operations.” That is what effective sustainability management accomplishes. “This certification is a testament to everyone in our organization’s commitment to sustainability,” he continued.

SGS was in charge of the thorough audit. It is a global leader in testing, inspection, and certification with extensive expertise certifying mega-sport event organizers against ISO 20121 regulations, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as the French Open tennis tournament.

– Accessibility infrastructure and services for impaired supporters, including seating, mobility assistance, and novel elements like audio descriptive commentary, were all reviewed during the FIFA Arab CupTM audit. – Waste minimization and recycling, including employee training, segregation, and education -raising initiatives with the help of people who care about the environment – Compostable food packaging and sustainable sourcing of things essential for the tournament’s delivery, such as uniforms made from recycled plastics. – Social and environmental audits to ensure supplier compliance with the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Sustainable Sourcing Code – Incident reporting and resolution during tournament time, including governance arrangements and gathering of lessons learned

Chris Meakin, General Manager of SGS Qatar, said: “The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 has effectively applied and demonstrated best practices under the framework of the Event Sustainability Management System (ISO 20121) to manage the event successfully. They have met the set benchmarks for global sustainability development and to control the event’s social, economic and environmental impact.”

The sustainability management system is a specific management mechanism and approach through which the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ formulates sustainability policies, implements sustainability measures, achieves sustainability objectives and incorporates sustainability into the whole lifecycle of the tournament.

The joint FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Sustainability Strategy is the foundation of the tournament’s sustainability management system. A comprehensive set of mechanisms have been implemented to ensure successful delivery against the expectations of stakeholders and the strategy’s objectives. The ISO certification covers tournament operations across all official venues and measures the effectiveness of the management system from the planning stage to tournament delivery.

The ISO 20121 achievement has allowed organisers to successfully deliver the target assigned to address the topic of transparency and accountability, which was identified as an important issue during the development of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Sustainability Strategy. Please visit the sustainability targets page for further information.

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