What it is and why it matters

ESSA Accredited is an annual company-level qualification.

In an ever increasingly competitive environment, clients, venues and organisers are constantly seeking ways to differentiate between suppliers and contractors.

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  • it provides demonstrable proof that the member company is operating at the required level to meet stage one requirements of assessing competence under CDM 2015;
  • it aligns with the requirements of ISO 20121 Sustainable Event Management and other management system standards whilst adopting the principles of SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement) member schemes such as CHAS, Safemark and Greenlight);
  • it includes phased rollouts for requirements for sustainability credentials that event businesses are increasingly being asked for including policy statements on the environment and inclusivity;
  • it provides for those member companies that are not involved in construction related activities, they can apply for a ‘non-construction related’ accreditation; 
  • it has been presented to both organisers and venues and has received a very warm welcome as it provides peace of mind for both, due to its rigorous evaluation of health and safety processes within the ESSA member company.

Free of charge and included as part of ESSA Membership

- the process is via a bespoke online portal that will allow members to manage the process and their progress through to accreditation. 

It takes just 7 days!

Click here and here to watch our video presentations of the Accreditation and how they can help. 


See how the ESSA Accreditation and the Sustainability module has helped The Barista in this case study!


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 * The sustainability module is available to ESSA Member companies who have already obtained the ESSA H&S Accreditation.


Are you ready to become ESSA Accredited?

The downloadable information leaflet provides further information on the scheme, the process, and who to speak to. 

The scheme is not available to non member organisations.



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