The Grimaldi Forum, Monaco’s convention and cultural centre, has just obtained its first ISO 20121 certification and its sixth ISO 14001 certification, two internationally recognised references in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development. This first ISO 20121 certification crowns the Grimaldi Forum’s commitment to Social and Environmental Responsibility for its event activities, the Grimaldi Forum said on Thursday, November 9.

Since the opening of the Grimaldi Forum in 2000, management has been people-centered, around values of kindness, fairness and sharing. This is reflected in 100-percent permanent employees on permanent contracts, a three-year training plan, a welfare contract for all, the possibility of teleworking once a week, and more. Representing 20 nationalities, the men and women constituting the permanent workforce evolve at all levels of the company; for example, 46 percent of executives are women, 55 percent of employees have been in their position for more than 10 years and 25 percent for more than 20 years, Sylvie Biancheri, its General Director, said.

Beyond its 140 permanent employees, there are around 300 temporary contracts and the Grimaldi Forum indirectly employs 700 suppliers and service providers representing a pool estimated at more than 5,000 jobs in the Principality and surrounding areas.

ISO 20121 is a voluntary international standard for sustainable event management, created by the International Organization for Standardisation. The standard aims to help organisations improve sustainability throughout the entire event management cycle, Wikipedia tells us.

PHOTO: In the centre, Sylvie Biancheri – General Director. To her left, Maureen Aubert – Legal Officer & Environment and Certification Manager. To her right – Françoise Rossi – Director of Corporate Social Responsibility.