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Picture this: in 2023, after much hard work and dedication, we nailed our ISO accreditation for 9001, 27001, and 14001 audits. We’re talking about raising the bar for quality, info security, and sustainability!

It’s been quite the ride. Starting with our dive into ISO 9001 quality standards in 2017, then shifting gears to tackle ISO 27001 for IT and Security in 2020, and now proudly adding ISO 14001 for Environmental and Sustainability to our repertoire. Our journey screams commitment to delivering nothing but the best, always.

But let’s not downplay the effort it took. We didn’t just wake up one morning and tick off these audits. Oh no, it was a year-long journey of meticulous planning and preparation. We’re talking late nights, endless brainstorming sessions, and more sticky notes than we care to count!

See those ISO symbols plastered on our documents? To us, they’re more than just fancy decorations. They’re a testament to our ongoing pledge to keep sensitive info under lock and key, to do our bit for a greener planet, and, of course, to keep pumping out top-notch projects.

Let’s raise a glass to the power of collaboration, to our unwavering pursuit of improvement, and the journey ahead. Here’s to Outlook Creative – where excellence isn’t just a goal. It’s a way of life!

Embark on a journey with us as we lead the charge towards a greener, more sustainable future. Our latest triumph? Achieving ISO 14001 accreditation is a shining beacon of our unwavering dedication to environmental stewardship in the creative sphere.

At Outlook Creative, we’re not just creating; we’re crafting a legacy of responsible creativity. With a firm resolve, we’re sculpting our operations to tread lightly on the Earth while positively impacting our industry. From our products to our practices, we’re committed to minimising our ecological footprint and maximising our positive influence.

But it doesn’t stop there for us. We’re cultivating a culture of environmental consciousness, staying ahead of the curve on regulations, and championing the cause of sustainability in everything we do. Our mission? Not just meet standards but also set them.

Be part of our quest for a better tomorrow. Whether reducing waste, conserving resources, or partnering with suppliers who share our vision, we’re paving the way for a brighter, greener future—one project at a time. Together, let’s create a masterpiece of sustainability that leaves a lasting impression on future generations.

The anticipation grew as I entered Confex, the UK’s premier event expo. This annual gathering isn’t just about networking or showcasing; it’s a pilgrimage where industry aficionados converge to explore, innovate, and reinvigorate their event strategies.

This year, my focus is sustainability—a pivotal ethos in event planning. As a company, Outlook Creative is steadfast in its commitment to authentic sustainability by dismissing greenwashing and focusing on impactful change. Our ISO 27001 accreditation stands as a testament to this unwavering dedication.

Within the bustling halls of Confex, sustainable alternatives amid tightening budgets emerged as a prevailing theme. With the events industry contributing to 10% of the world’s carbon footprint, the imperative to act swiftly and decisively has never been clearer. While sustainable solutions often carry a price tag, the landscape is evolving, promising viable options that balance eco-consciousness with fiscal prudence.

Diving into tangible strategies for crafting sustainable events, here are some that we already use:

1. Reuse vs. Recycle: We endeavour to infuse new life into past event materials wherever feasible, curbing carbon emissions and fostering continuity in our creative endeavours. For instance, reusing materials from previous events, even if they’re not the same item, can halve the carbon emissions associated with production.

2. Mindful Material Selection: The appeal of eco-friendly materials can sometimes clash with budget, making it a tough decision for clients. Yet, strides are being made with alternatives like Zero Formaldehyde MDF and VOC-free Sterling board, supporting our commitment to sustainability without compromising quality.

3. Sustainable Graphics and Flooring: Traditional graphic materials often rely on PVC, which is known for its harmful environmental impacts during production and disposal. However, we’ve consciously decided to pivot towards PVC-free alternatives as standard. By opting for eco-friendly materials in our graphics, we minimise our carbon footprint and contribute to the preservation of natural resources.

While flooring may seem negligible in event planning, its environmental ramifications are significant. We adopt a proactive approach by repurposing offcuts rather than discarding flooring after a single use. These offcuts find new life as pallet bases, wraps, and covers, sparing them from ending in landfills. Furthermore, our dedication to recycling extends beyond our operations; we partner with recycling facilities to ensure that even the flooring remnants unsuitable for reuse are repurposed into pallets and other useful industry materials.

4. Venue Selection: The venue serves as the canvas for our sustainable vision, emphasising accessibility and eco-friendly amenities. Opting for venues with alternative energy sources and digital signage further reduces our environmental footprint while enhancing the attendee experience. Transport and travel account for, on average, a whopping 60% of all event emissions, making accessible venues a critical factor in reducing overall emissions where possible.

5. Thoughtful Catering: Acknowledging the disproportionate environmental impact of animal-based diets, we advocate for menus with a high percentage of plant-centric options sourced from local, seasonal produce. This aligns with sustainability goals and caters to diverse dietary preferences. Animal meat is responsible for 57% of all food-based emissions compared with 27% of plant-based emissions, making the shift to plant-based options a significant step in reducing our carbon footprint.

Amidst the dynamic landscape of sustainability, we remain vigilant, adapting to emerging trends and advocating for meaningful change. Our commitment extends beyond the confines of event planning; it’s a testament to our enduring stewardship of client experiences and the planet we call home.

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