The fact that RAI Amsterdam has been actively increasing the sustainability of its location and events since 2007 has not gone unnoticed. It is with pride that we present the following awards and certificates we have won and received.
We were the first exhibition and conference in Europe (and only the second in the world) to achieve EarthCheck Gold status. EarthCheck is the world's leading sustainability certification in the business tourism sector.
We obtained the AIPC (International Association of Congress Centres) Gold Certificate, joining a select group of 24 AIPC conference centres which represent this international certification in the domains of quality, facilities and social responsibility.
Green Key Gold
We won a Golden Green Key in 2015 and 2016. This is the highest possible environmental standard for businesses in the tourism and recreation industry, and an objective recognition of RAI Amsterdam’s sustainability programme.
The design for the RAI Amtrium, our new multifunctional congress, conference and office concept, was awarded a four-star BREEAM design certificate for new buildings (Excellent). BREEAM-NL is an assessment method that determines the sustainability performance of buildings in the Netherlands. This is the first time that a convention centre in the Netherlands has met this stringent sustainability standard.
ISO-9001 and ISO-14001
We have been ISO-9001 and ISO-14001 certified since 2011, which confirms that we have systems for managing quality and the environment with structured processes. The focus is on meeting customer needs and environmental laws and regulations, and on continuous improvement.
OHSAS-18001 (Health & Safety)
RAI Amsterdam received the OHSAS-18001 (occupational health and safety) certificate in early 2016. This standard focuses on the monitoring of working conditions and safety.
ISO-20121 (Sustainable events)
At the end of 2015, RAI Exhibitions made a start with the assessment of international events in the RAI Convention Centre for the ISO-20121 standard, a certificate for sustainable events. The certification for this standard, completed in the second quarter of 2016, is in line with RAI Amsterdam’s long-term CSR strategy to make events more sustainable. RAI Amsterdam is thereby the first Dutch conference facility to meet the OHSAS-18001 and ISO-20121 standards.
One of RAI Amsterdam’s core values is that the RAI is for everyone. To improve accessibility for people with disabilities, we invested in upgrades such as disabled parking places, toilets and lifts, and tactile guideways around our main reception for visually impaired persons. Since 2017 RAI Amsterdam is certified for the ITS standard (Dutch integrated accessibility standard for persons with a disability).