WOSM Guidelines for Organising Sustainable Events
Scouts around the world regularly take part in events on a local, national, regional, and world scale. These events offer opportunities for learning, creating long-lasting friendships, and, in the case of international events, discovering new cultures and traditions.
Events, regardless of their size, have a social, economic, and environmental impact on the community in which the event takes place. A sustainable event takes these elements into account and aims at minimising the negative impact, while also working towards increasing the positive one.
Scouting events impact the environment: starting from participants’ travel, the use of energy, water, and meeting materials at the venue, to food consumption and waste management. Each of these components, if not managed from a sustainability standpoint, could negatively impact the environment.
WOSM has recognised the need to provide support to event bidders and hosts in this area. Guidelines for organising Environmentally Sustainable events is now available to address sustainability in a consistent and holistic manner in the management of Scouting events and meetings. These guidelines focus primarily on the environmental impact of events and improving the practices related to this area.
These guidelines focus on event bidders and elected hosts for world- and regional-level Scouting events such as jamborees, moots, conferences, and forums. They also serve organisers of smaller events and meetings (e.g. workshops, Operational Framework structures meetings, committee meetings). The guidelines apply, too, to NSOs when organising their own events.