Sustainable Development Policy

Manchester International Festival (MIF) aims to be the world’s leading festival of original, new work – presenting world premieres by a wide range of major international artists.

MIF is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to being amongst a growing community of cultural leaders striving to improve the sustainability of events worldwide. The principles of sustainable development that we believe in are:-

  • Financial sustainability: wise use of our financial resources; maximizing the positive effects that the Festival can have on local economies;
  • Social sustainability: respect for people; maximizing the positive effects that the Festival can have on local communities;
  • Environmental sustainability: working together with our partners to seek solutions that minimize the impact of our events on the environment.

These principles guide all of MIF’s activities, from ensuring that our offices are welcoming and resource efficient; to sourcing and creating our productions responsibly and to working with our partner venues and suppliers to reduce the environmental impact of our events.  This policy will be applied to operations directly within MIF’s control.  It does not extend to operations whose management is outside of MIF’s control e.g. where waste streams are managed by a venue, or a venue’s contractor.  In such cases, MIF staff will use their influence to try to ensure that such operations are managed in line with MIF’s objectives.

Our commitment to these principles is driven at the highest level, by the board and the executive and senior management teams.  It extends across the full event life cycle; from planning to delivery and review.

Key Issues

MIF’s key aims and objectives are set by the Board in advance of each Festival and include key financial, social and environmental targets and performance indicators.

Key environmental issues for each festival are identified by the Green Team [a working group comprising representatives from all MIF departments] and an action plan, including targets as appropriate, is developed to address the issue.  Key issues include, for example, waste, transport and communications.

Management and delivery of sustainability

The responsibility for ensuring the effective implementation and operation of this policy will rest with the MIF Senior Management Team, who will ensure that they and their staff operate within the policy and all applicable legal requirements, and that all reasonable steps are taken to promote sustainable event management within the organisation.

Key steps in the delivery of this policy will include:

– Effective communication of our core values and sustainability principles;

– Developing effective and realistic actions plans for each Festival;

– Developing active partnerships with stakeholders and suppliers;

– Procuring goods and services sustainably;

– Ensuring appropriate training of key persons;

– Frequent review and evaluation.

To ensure continual improvement MIF implements a sustainable event management system, ISO20121, which is reviewed and evaluated after each Festival. The scope of this system extends to all activities carried out by MIF staff.

MIF has designated a Sustainability Lead whose responsibility is to support sustainability across the organisation and maintain a record of documents and communications relevant to implementation of ISO 20121.

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