A credible certification is built on an industry 'Standard' and over two years, an international standard was developed specifically for golf tournaments, following open consultation with the general public and an established International Expert Working Group of golf and non-golf representatives.
Golf Tournament Voluntary Sustainability Standard is a practical document designed to support the process of delivering an internationally accredited sustainable golf tournament. Developed in accordance with the Codes from ISEAL Alliance, the global body for credibility in sustainability systems.
The Standard outlines recommended performance criteria spanning nature, resources and community, across key aspects of tournament staging, communications and legacy and is open to tournaments of all sizes.
Some of the leading organizations and tournaments that provided support and input into the Standard and the certification component included: The R&A and The Open; The European Tour; Scottish Open; Waste Management Phoenix Open; RBC Heritage; IMG; Ladies European Tour; The Solheim Cup; US Kids Golf; The Venice Open; Waste and Resource Action Plan (WRAP); University of Cardiff; Council for Responsible Sport; EcoArenas; and Performance 54.
Please contact GEO Foundation to get involved or find out more.
Hard copies of public summaries, Standards and other related materials are made available upon request, covering only reasonable administrative costs.