The world’s first consensus standard on how to manage sustainable development is being reviewed. How do you think it could be improved?

BS 8900: 2006 – Guidance for managing sustainable development is now five years old and the world of sustainability has moved on. More and more organisations are looking to manage their triple bottom line and other consensus-based standards in the area have been published, such as ISO 26000 – Guidance for social responsibility. Does BS 8900 need to be revised to reflect these developments or is it still a valuable tool for organisations seeking to manage their sustainability impacts?

As a key stakeholder in this area we would like to invite you to join us for the workshop on 23 January 2012. You can help shape this key standard and take part in a discussion on BSI’s wider standardization strategy in this area.

Benefits of attending:

  • meet leading experts in the sustainability arena
  • understand how your peers are dealing with sustainability issues
  • find out how you can get involved in this fast moving area of standards development.


9.00 Registration

9.30 Introduction to:
- BSI’s committee on Sustainable Development Strategy
- BS 8900 – where it came from and what it does
- Other standards in the area of sustainability
- Practitioner insight into the use of BS 8900

10.30 – 10.45 Tea and coffee

10.45 – 13.00 Breakout groups on:
- The principles of sustainable development and critical concepts
- The management approach: management systems vs outcomes approach
- Stakeholder engagement
- Maturity matrix

13.00 – 13.45 Lunch

13.45 – 15.45 Group
- Feedback from each breakout group
- Discussion on managing sustainability with management system standards

15.45 Workshop close

The standard

BS 8900 is designed to help organizations to develop an approach to sustainable development that will continue to evolve and adapt to meet new and continuing challenges and demands. It offers clear practical advice with which to make a meaningful contribution to sustainable development.

This standard guides organizations towards effective management of their impact on society and the environment, along the route to enhanced organizational performance and success.

To register your interest in attending this event please complete our
short registration form.

Please note that this online registration does not automatically guarantee you a place at this event. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If the event is fully subscribed, you will be placed on a waiting list and notified in the week prior to the event if there is a place available for you.

You will not receive an automated response to your online registration, but will be contacted by a member of the BSI conferences team to confirm your place.

If you have not been contacted within five working days or for any enquiries  please email

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