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BS 8909:2011

Specification for a sustainability management system for film

Status : Confirmed, Current   Published : March 2011



Specification for a sustainability management
system for film

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What is ‘sustainability’?

BS 8909 uses the most widely adopted definition of sustainability, that of the World Commission on Environment and Development. It says that “sustainable development is meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.

In practice, sustainable behaviour takes three areas into consideration: social, financial and environmental. To improve their sustainability, organizations must safeguard social and economic resources and must not take more out of the planet than the planet can renew.

Why sustainable films?

Aside from the moral imperative, sustainability influences all the levers that organizations use to create value: from helping recruit and retain staff to brand-building.

There's also money to be saved from better resource and energy use. Exemplary sustainability performance leads to recognition from peers, audiences, investors, stakeholders and NGOs. It reduces reputational risk and enhances competitiveness. It helps organizations get on top of existing regulatory requirements and ahead of future legislation.

There is also a clear correlation between sustainability performance and profitability. The well-respected Morgan Stanley Capital World Index showed that companies that improved their sustainability performance between 2006 and 2008 financially out-performed their peers in 2008/9 by more than 11 per cent.

How does BS 8909 work?

The standard works by asking organizations to state what they want to achieve within their organization in terms of sustainability and to describe what they will do to achieve their aims.

Organizations then implement their plans and review actual activity and outcomes against their initial objectives, which must take social, economic and environmental issues into account.

Accurate records are kept throughout so that results can be reviewed and improved on in the future.

Historically this Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle has proved an effective way of ‘holding’ organizations to their stated course. It has produced significant results for hundreds of thousands of organizations using other management systems standards such as ISO 9001 for quality management, and ISO 14001 for environmental management.

Standard NumberBS 8909:2011
TitleSpecification for a sustainability management system for film
StatusConfirmed, Current
Publication Date31 March 2011
Confirm Date01 June 2016
Cross ReferencesBS 8900, BS 8903, BS EN ISO 9000, BS EN ISO 14001, PAS 2050, BS ISO 26000
Draft Superseded By10/30218743 DC
DescriptorsManagement, Sustainability, Sustainable development, Film-making, Cinematography, Management techniques, Organizations, Enterprises, Marketing, Archives, Quality auditing, Quality control
ISBN978 0 580 71054 4
File Size2.686 MB

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